You know the one. It’s where you compare a physical attribute, or skill-set, or talent of yours, to those of others. Most often, when you play this game you’re on the losing team; you don’t measure up. And yet, you find yourself playing this game again and again, hoping for a win.
Would you stop playing it if you realized how destructive it is?
There’s a powerful connection between social comparison, feelings of inadequacy, and one’s longevity. It turns out individuals who compared their levels of physical activity to others and decided they were less active than other people significantly shortened their lifespan. In one research study sample, the scales were tipped by 71 percent towards a premature death by people who held this belief. [Read more…]