Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. – Swedish Proverb

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

Swedish Proverb

What is life without ups and downs? We all experience our fair share of highs and lows over the course of our lives. However, many people – introverts in particular – often find it hard to involve their near and dear ones in this roller-coaster ride.

Let’s accept it. Sharing emotions, both good and bad, is a wonderful feeling. It is uplifting to know that we have someone we can confide in. That said, many people have this preconceived notion that letting others in on their emotions is synonymous with being weak. For them, revealing their feelings exposes their vulnerabilities to the people around them. While past experiences may have to do this with this premeditated idea, it isn’t a healthy practice. After all, what good is an accomplishment if the joy we get from it isn’t shared with the people whose support was critical to us getting there in the first place? Believe it or not, the happiness on their faces can actually multiply ours!

Likewise, when the going gets tough, we may be tempted to hold back our feelings out of the fear of being judged or deemed feeble. However, sharing them with, say, our partner or parents can actually help us find a way out of that situation. And even if our problems don’t go away by doing so, the burden of those setbacks is definitely halved by talking about them with our loved ones. We don’t have to be or feel alone. Remember, you matter the world to someone, and disclosing your problems to them lets them know how special they are to you.

Ancient Sweden was the source of many nuggets of wisdom for mankind. One such proverb underlines the concept of sharing is caring: “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”