Ever been hit by the Humblebrag? That’s where someone is complaining about something while, intentionally or unintentionally, actually pointing out how good they really have it. If your friend tells you, “My daughter is just so stressed and busy because of all her duties as Prom Queen,” that’s a humblebrag. (You can check out more examples on Twitter.)

Maybe you’ve found yourself in that mode of a complaint mixed with a dash of pride.  So how do you stop the humblebrag? Here’s a few things to remember:

  1. If you’re excited about something, feel free to share it with your friends. Be honest about it, but don’t rub it in.
  2. Don’t pretend your life is difficult if it’s not.  It’s one thing to try not to rub it in when you’re excited about something, but it’s another to pretend life is terrible so your friends don’t feel bad that they don’t have what you do.
  3. Humility is often a response.  If you’re trying to prove your humility to someone, it’s probably not authentic humility. On the other hand, if someone praises something in your life, that’s a great time to demonstrate humility.

Just like Matthew 23:12 says, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Now, please excuse me while I go suffer through cleaning my car of all those wrappers for fast food meals I’ve been eating.

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