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About I’m Happy For You (Sort Of…Not Really)
Our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. With disarming candor and humor, Kay Wills Wyma explores how to trade comparison for compassion and rediscover what life is all about.
It’s easy to get caught in the comparison games we play with our appearances, our kids, and our homes. Kay reminds exhausted families about tried and true remedies from the pressures of competitive living.
In her warm, relatable style, Kay confronts the comparison epidemic raging in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our social-media feeds, offering remedies along the way.
With candor and humor, I’m Happy For You (Sort Of…Not Really) explores the troubling effects of living in an excessively competitive culture—and reveals simple yet effective ways to escape the comparison trap.
About the Author
Kay Wills Wyma is a blogger, mother of five, and the author of Cleaning House through which she has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, Glenn Beck, The New York Times, Focus on the Family, and more. 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.
Thoughts from Kay
“Tired of performing? Feeling weighed down by the pressure to be Pinteresting? Does your friend’s wardrobe, body, marriage, paycheck, vacation plans, or photoshoot-worthy home décor leave you wishing your life looked more like
You’re not alone.
With its focus on smarter, faster, thinner, and ever-better, our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. Our friends become our audience (or judges), and our titles, activities, even kids become part of our brand. Factor in social media’s constant reminder of what everyone else is doing, and no wonder we feel drained, discontent, and isolated.
Thankfully, we don’t have to live this way!”
This book came to me at the right time, the holidays. You know the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses?”, well that’s the society we live in and it’s most evident during this time of year. People compare what kinds of car they have to what their neighbors drive, compare who has the nicer outfit, the most athletic kids. In a world where social media dominates, it seems to have gotten worse.
I will say comparison starts at an early age and for me, it was darn near in the womb. You see, I have an identical twin sister so if you think comparison happens normally between siblings, throw twins in the mix and it’s a whole new ball game. She and I were constantly compared to each other growing up and peppered with questions like “who’s better at math” (that would be my sister, I barely squeaked by) or “why don’t you like cilantro? Lori does.” We got to the point of comparing ourselves to each other. But these days it seems like we all compare ourselves to others and it steals your joy. For example, if I’m coveting the neighbors new SUV, I won’t find joy in my cute orange Beetle, which I love.
Which is why I really embraced this book. Kay explores the many ways our culture fosters an environment of competitiveness and comparison, especially with social media. She shows us how we can change our mindset and break this destructive cycle. We need to be more aware of our thought processes and our attitudes. She tells stories in her book about her family and her own personal experiences in a thought provoking way that really made me think about my own attitudes and self-talk.
So next time you find yourself falling down the rabbit hole of comparison, STOP and think of 3 things you’re grateful for. It will change your whole mindset.
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