The Benefits Of Being Genuinely Happy For Others

Clap for everyone who’s crushing it, even if you’re not where you want to be yourself

Marvin Marcano
The GYST

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Have you ever seen someone succeed and felt immense joy for them?

The person may have failed repeatedly, then almost miraculously, achieved massive success. For instance, a child learning to ride a bike, failing, then getting it right for the first time.

Or Tiger Woods winning the Masters after countless personal and professional failures.

It’s sometimes a feeling we don’t understand. A degree of selflessness we did not know we were capable of. But it’s something we should embrace and let out as often as possible. The more we clap for others, the better it is for us.

There’s a Pali/Sanskrit word called “mudita” which translates to “sympathetic joy” or “vicarious joy.”

Mudita means being genuinely happy for someone else’s good fortune or success.

It’s different from being proud of someone (as there’s some degree of selfishness baked in there). This is pure joy from seeing someone finally succeed.

(It’s funny that there’s no English equivalent for this word, yet there’s one for its antonym: envy.)

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Marvin Marcano
The GYST

Personal Development, Fereelancing, and Writing. Becoming a better person. You should too.