It is so difficult to see and experience the joy that others have experienced because we are too distracted with how it makes us feel. Without fail, we sift through the other person’s joy and figure out the exact parts we can extract to make ourselves feel worse about our own situation. Think of it like a really hideous Instagram filter, Kelvin for example. Every beautiful image comes through our feed, time and time again, we layer Kelvin on top and things start to look muddled, contrasted, and most importantly you aren’t able to see the true beauty of the image at all. We’ve lost the ability to see things clearly, unadulterated by our own insecurities, fears, and baggage. -Charlie Jane Anders

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of a character who is jealous of a friend’s success.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were jealous of a friend’s success.

Art Prompt: Jealousy

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write an article about the problem of jealousy and how your audience can overcome it.

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