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Why is it good for you to be pleased for others?

When you share other people’s joy and feel genuinely pleased for them, you’re experiencing sympathetic joy.

This positive emotion has the ability to lower the body’s stress response.

In Buddhist philosophy, sympathetic joy or mudita is one of the core virtues.

But it isn’t always easy to feel pleased for others when your own life is an uphill struggle.

Yet the science on this is clear: if you can allow for other people’s happiness to rub off on you, you trigger your brain’s reward system and you get the same benefits as if you’re the one celebrating a personal victory.

Watch this short video to learn more and pick up a few simple tricks for how you can overcome barriers to sympathetic joy.

I think you’ll like it.

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