What’s the Difference Between Envy vs. Jealousy (And How to Overcome It)

Envy and Jealousy can be destructive and can prevent us from achieving happiness. However, we can overcome it by understanding what they are and what they push us to do.

Envy and Jealousy are two emotions that many of us experience. They are different emotions, even though we often use them interchangeably.

What Is The Difference Between Envy & Jealousy?

Envy: a feeling of discontent or covetousness concerning another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc

Jealousy: resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another’s success or advantage itself.

Cause Of Envy Or Jealousy

Envy occurs internally when you want something that someone else has. That causes a feeling of sadness and discontent in your own life. You want something that you do not or cannot have, and you want it.

Jealousy, on the other hand, involves another person. Jealousy consists of a level of anger towards another person. It’s not only that you wish you had an object- you are angry that another person has that item. You want to possess it, and you do not want the other person to possess it.

Are Envy and Jealousy Healthy and Normal?

All human emotions are normal. All healthy humans experience ranges of emotions at different times. However, just because having a feeling is normal does not mean that you cannot work on yourself to reduce the amount of emotion you experience.

How To Overcome Envy Or Jealousy

We only want more things if we are not happy with the things that we have. So the first step to overcoming envy or Jealousy is to become satisfied with what we have. When you appreciate the good in your life, you no longer need other people’s things.

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