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I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison

I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison

by Kay Wills Wyma


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Discover freedom, authenticity, and joy when you stop letting competition and jealousy hijack your life.

Do you find yourself measuring your value against your friend’s house, body, marriage, resume, paycheck, organic garden, or Pinterest-worthy holiday décor, and coming up lacking? Do your college roommate’s Instagram snapshots bear little resemblance to the scene at your house this morning?

Excessive comparison and competition sap our energy and steal our joy. Our friends become our audience and judges, and our kids become part of our brand. Add social media’s constant invitation to post and peruse, and it’s no wonder that we’re left exhausted, discontent, and lonely. Thankfully, there is another way!

With refreshing candor and humor, Kay Wyma shares her experiences with comparison living and offers readers the simple remedies that helped her and her family reboot their perspective and discover freedom, authenticity, and joy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601425959
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kay Wills Wyma is a blogger, mother of five, and the author of Cleaning House. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, Glenn Beck, The New York Times, Focus on the Family, and other media outlets. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. Kay lives in the Dallas area with her husband, Jon, and their family.

Table of Contents

1 Obsessive Comparison Disorder 1

A Sign of the Times

2 The Icebreaker 19

"Three" Little Words That Shift Our Focus

3 Beyond the Glimpse 37

How Taking the Long View Changes Everything

4 Do You See What I See? 55

Keeping Up Appearances in an On-Di splay World

5 Mirror, Mirror 73

The Beauty We're Completely Overlooking

6 The Dangers of Yardstick Living 93

Why We'll Never Measure Up … and Really Don't Need To

7 We Belong … Together 113

The Need to Be Known

8 Fair Play 131

Corning to Terms with the Inequalities of Life

9 The Side to Side 149

Our Obsession with Others

10 Best Practices 169

Beware of the Superlative

11 Great Expectations 187

Navigating Life's Detours

12 Dare We Not Compare? 205

Staking our Claim in the Land of Contentment

Discussion Questions 219

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 225

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