In today's interconnected world of social media, avoiding comparison and feelings of inadequacy can be incredibly challenging. Many of us seek the key to lead a happy and healthy life, free from the torment of constant comparisons, which seem to plague us ongoingly.

Effects of Comparison:

1. Misery and Unhappiness: Comparison often leads to a sense of inferiority or inadequacy. While it's okay to be happy for others' successes and confidence, feeling envy or sadness due to their qualities can be detrimental and lead to personal misery.

2. Jealousy and Hostility towards Friends: Comparing ourselves to others can give rise to jealousy and animosity. As these emotions grow and are allowed to fester, they lead to resentment and disdain for friends, causing distance and potentially damaging healthy friendships.

Where to start?

Cultivating a positive mindset and focusing on your strengths are indeed crucial steps towards improving self-worth. By recognizing and appreciating your own abilities, you can build confidence in yourself.

Moreover, freeing yourself from the negative effects of comparison involves emphasizing personal growth and avoiding envy towards others' achievements. Instead, celebrating their successes and maintaining supportive relationships can contribute to a happier and more fulfilling life.

Here are some tips to help you get there:

1. Practice self-awareness: Recognise when you start comparing yourself to others and understand why you are doing it.

2. Focus on your strengths: Acknowledge your own talents and accomplishments and appreciate your unique qualities.

3. Set realistic goals: Establish achievable objectives that are meaningful to you, rather than comparing yourself to others' achievements.

4. Limit social media: social media can amplify feelings of comparison. Take breaks and remember that people usually share their best moments online.

5. Practice gratitude: Focus on what you have and be thankful for that rather than fixating on what others have.

6. Embrace imperfection: Understand that everyone has flaws and insecurities. Embrace your imperfections and learn from them.

7. Surround yourself with positive influences: Spend time with supportive and encouraging people who inspire and lift you up.

8. Cultivate self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and treat yourself with the same understanding and compassion you would offer a friend.

9. Reserve negative thinking: If you find yourself competing or comparing yourself with someone, mentally ask for forgiveness for that fault. This can free you from negative effects such as sadness, inner suffocation, negativity, and pain.

10. Embrace a positive mindset: Embrace the idea that happiness comes from giving happiness to others and being happy for others. Therefore, be genuinely happy for other's successes, and nature will grant the same happiness to you.

These are some possible suggestions that can help and support you to overcome comparison. Also, explore the path of Akram Vignan, Spiritual Science, which has offered practical and scientific solutions to overcome adverse emotions, leading many to success without the need for competition with others.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says that 'Happiness can only be attained when you give happiness,' aligning with the law of nature. So, by being happy for others, nature reciprocates the same happiness to you.

Finally, always remember that everyone's journey is unique, and embracing your own path with confidence and contentment can lead to personal growth and a greater sense of well-being. Your self-worth should not be determined by comparing yourself to others. Instead, embrace your individuality and journey, focusing on personal growth and happiness. By keeping these principles in mind as you navigate through life, you'll be on a path to personal fulfillment and happiness, living a rewarding life without the need for unhealthy competition.

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifested within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able to help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.