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Comparing one’s own well-being with that of others is a common human tendency that can lead to unhappiness and misery. Elaborate.

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

7. Comparing one’s own well-being with that of others is a common human tendency that can lead to unhappiness and misery. Elaborate. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Conceptual Tuesdays’ in Mission-2023. Secure.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the how focus on comparison with others and not on one’s own happiness leads to envy and distress.

Directive word: 

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context regarding how humans compare themselves with others.

Body:

Write about how comparing yourself with others will lead to envy and jealousy rather enjoying what you have. Mention that these things lead to a distress in an individual. Substantiate with examples.

Next, write about focussing one’s own happiness and practising contentment.

Conclusion:

Summarise by highlighting the importance contentment.