This coincided perfectly with a personal goal of adjusting my mindset in certain areas so I can be happier.
They talked about how of the three medalists on the podium at the Olympics, the silver medalist is typically the least happy, sometimes not happy at all. And how this lasts well beyond the end of the winner’s national anthem.
They talked about making less money but double the people around you, versus making twice as much money but half the people around you … and how when asked which they’d prefer, people responded overall in a roughly 50/50 split.
The whole episode was fascinating to listen to. And had some moments of familiarity.
Whether you compare yourself physically, financially, socially, emotionally, or some other way, we all do it sometimes. The more we do, the less happy we are, because Top Dog is a difficult status to achieve and harder to maintain.
Where are you only happy if you’re better than the people around you? And where are you happy regardless of the state of the people around you?