Happiness at someone else’s agony

I recently came across an interesting term, namely schadenfreude. Schadenfreude comes from the two german words, schaden meaning harm and freude meaning joy (oxymoron all the way).

Schadenfreude is the pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortunes. We have all done it at some point or the other. To see your competitors stumble and fall or to see your enemies get what you think they deserve, we all have experienced this.

Schadenfreude can be a sure way to make you feel better about yourself. It is self-affirming. Those with low self-esteem are more likely to experience schadenfreude or those who harbour feelings of envy for someone particularly if this someone is in a position that is seen as enviable.

Schadenfreude is not an emotion we should cultivate, no matter how deep- rooted it is. It will only hamper our happiness in the long run.

Appreciate your life and people who are a part of it. Happiness doesn’t depend on external factors, it is something totally dependent on you.

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-Priyanka Lamba



  1. I just finished reading another post that discussed how we can all win, and we can all support each other without harboring malice in our spirits toward other people’s achievements. So fitting that this post came up right after! Very true, this feeling is not one that should be cultivated.

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