envy and jealousy

Envy and Jealousy

Some people use the words envy and jealousy interchangeably, but they’re different.

“Envy is the ulcer of the soul,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates.  

Envy is when you desire to have something that’s been awarded to or achieved by someone else.

Envy sounds like this:

“I want what you have.”
“Your success pangs me.”
“I long for the advantages you have.”
“I resent you for having what you have.”
“I don’t want you to have that.”

Jealousy, on the other hand, reeks of a certain dissatisfaction with one’s own life. It’s when you’re worried someone’s trying to take what you have.

Jealousy sounds like this:

“Back off. Move out of my way.”

“They got the part I’d have been perfect for.”

“That role should have been mine.”

“I’m worried they’re trying to take over my spot.”

“I put in the extra work and they didn’t.


There will always be people who have more than you and there will always be individuals who have less than you.

Never wish bad fortune on another. Be secure in knowing that it is right to want for others what you want for yourself.

Those disappointed in your good fortune, are excited by your misfortune.” ~ LaurieTALKS

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