Even though jealousy evokes negative connotations, it can definitely lead to positive outcomes. First and foremost, envy is a natural human emotion! Don’t berate yourself for feeling it. Second, jealousy can be healthy, as long as it’s dealt with in a thoughtful way. Jealousy in relationships can be especially tricky, so take a deep breath before tackling this complex emotion. The good news is, if you’re feeling jealous in your relationship, it’s not time to break up.
Before we really dig into it, it’s worth taking some advice from Maya Bialik, founder of The Same Page, an app that provides a place for people to make meaningful connections around what they're reading (romantic or platonic). She says people experience envy in completely different ways. “In some relationships, a little jealousy is a natural thing and stays at that, while in others, it can lead to toxic dynamics,” Bialik says. Don’t compare yourself—or your partnership—with anyone else.