We see this scenario all the time nowadays, don't we? At the office. At family gatherings. Even in the check-out line of the grocery store.
And with things like Facebook and Twitter making it even easier to broadcast the details of your life, it can be all too easy to find your own happiness twisted with someone else's happiness. It's almost as if your own happiness is dependent on the happiness of another. And not in a positive way, either.
So what is it exactly? Happiness Shaming. xoJane featured a fascinating piece on the scary trend last week. "For a woman, joy must be expressed carefully, in select settings and with trusted friends. Because to express your happiness too wantonly, too ebulliently or widely, is to risk a quick shutdown from those who are not experiencing the same happiness," wrote Emily McCombs, who received some not-so-nice comments on Twitter after posting just one time about her engagement.
Happiness should be celebrated, not hidden. People should feel free -- even encouraged -- to express it, not made to feel guilty and feel like they have to hide it in shame. Sharing your joy with others, especially with the people you love, doesn't mean you're bragging or showing off. In fact, it's not even that you're trying to exclude them -- it means you want them to be a part of your happiness because they, well, mean the world to you.
I don't know about you, friends, but I intend to embrace and celebrate every piece of happiness my life has to offer.
[Photos via Audrey Hepburn Complex]