Here is an activity where you can pose this simple question to your students the first few minutes of Health Class. Project this on the board or give your students a copy. Ask your students to consider if they ever think these thoughts or have acted them out. Jealousy is a health issue. It leads to unhappy, depressed and lonely people. This information can lead to a discussion if they see evidence of it at school, at home, in the neighborhood, on TV or in the movies. The answer will be YES. Well, how did the person handle the situation? Was is positive or did it lead to drama?
Jealousy is like stupidity and other character flaws, it’s part of the human condition. It’s one of those character flaws that guarantees we will look really unattractive to others. Jealousy can be a motivator but mostly it becomes all about our feelings which are bent out of shape because someone got what “I deserved or at least wanted really bad”. When you feel it, or see it in yourself, you have got to address the green-eyed monster before you express it. Your first inkling is an attitude or thoughts when you see someone or a name is mentioned. Before you know it, a facial expression, an eye roll and the wind of disgust with give you away. Pay attention to these cues.
You might be jealous if you:
When you’re a beautiful person on the inside, nothing in the world can change that about you. Jealousy is the result of one’s lack of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-acceptance. The Lesson: If you can’t “accept yourself, then certainly no one else will.” Sasha Azevedo
Don’t be that jealous person. You know the signs and you’ve seen the quotes. The lesson here is guard your thoughts. I think Bette Midler has the best prevention, be genuinely happy for another person’s success. That will make you unique (The adjective unique means “being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.”) which is so much better than jealous. Anyone can be jealous. It takes a special kind of person (a happy, grateful person) who can celebrate what they have been given, what life gives other people, and who can be genuinely happy for another who has what you think you deserve.
Be that person!