📊 Research reveals:

  • Social comparisons, especially on social media, linked to higher depression and anxiety
    • Study from Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
    • Frequent comparisons on platforms like Instagram and Facebook
    • Can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem
    • Often based on curated, unrealistic portrayals of others’ lives
    • Constant exposure to others’ highlights can skew perception of reality
  • Satisfaction depends more on perceived relative standing than absolute success
    • Based on research by economists David Neumark and Andrew Postlewaite
    • Study focused on women’s employment decisions influenced by sisters-in-law
    • Demonstrates how social context affects personal choices and satisfaction
    • Suggests we often measure success by comparing to those around us
    • Absolute achievements may matter less than how we feel we “rank” socially
  • We adapt quickly to improvements, always craving more
    • Concept known as hedonic adaptation or the hedonic treadmill
    • Study from Journal of Personality and Social Psychology on lottery winners
    • Initial excitement of positive changes wears off over time
    • We return to a baseline level of happiness, despite improved circumstances
    • Leads to constant pursuit of the next “high” or achievement
    • Challenges long-term satisfaction and contentment

💡 Tip: Focus on your personal growth journey so far, instead of comparing to others. Your path is unique!


Keith Engelhardt

I am the Founder and CEO of NeuroYoga.Zone™ and Sawatch Solutions (a provider success, self-improvement, and wellness products and services for individuals and/or organizations), located in Dayton, OH. I am a member of the American Institute of Stress, the Wellness Universe, and the Global Entrepreneur Network. I am a past member of the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition and its Mental Wellness Subcommittee, a local and national member of the American Society of Training and Development, the Institute of Noetic Science, and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, and the California Yoga Teachers Association (CYTA). In addition, I am a certified “Yoga2Life”™ Mentor Life Coach, and have a certificate in Neuroscience & Yoga in the Treatment of Complex, Developmental, or Repeated Trauma." I also have experience with yoga and the treatment of anxiety and depression. I also provide Consciousness Coaching. My focus is to serve those dealing with angst, stress, anxiety, and PTSD, and organizations that desire to improve the mental wellness of their associates. My core values are to: evolve, learn, teach, create, problem solve/help. My life philosophy is to "Develop my highest potential".


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