4. Not being your authentic self
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Sometimes we go the extra mile to impress someone, like by doing more personal grooming, wearing fancy clothes, and being more friendly in general. This can be deemed normal. According to research, sometimes we show off just to survive. But what doesn’t seem normal is when you become an entirely different person to impress them and do things you aren’t comfortable doing in the first place. That’s what you may want to step aside from.
5. Showing off your relationship on social media
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Nowadays, couples love to strut their relationship on social media to prove to each other and to the world that their love is strong. A study claims that this impulse to upload a lot of relationship posts is called relationship visibility. The couples who feel insecure about the relationship or may feel a tad bit down about their partner, they use social media platforms for external validation to make themselves feel better. In other words, positive comments from their network may relieve them from their personal distress about the relationship.
6. Spending extravagantly on weddings
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Nowadays, weddings are more about showing off wealth, impressing guests, or just making ’the moment’ a special one. Now, we aren’t suggesting that it’s a bad idea to have one, but research itself suggests that having a big fat wedding may increase your chances of divorce. On the other hand, frugal weddings can actually result in happy and long-lasting marriages.
7. Abandoning your dreams
Having dreams and aspirations is one of the best ways to thrive in life, especially when you’ve worked through blood, sweat, and tears to attain them. You’ve come so far and life has taken you to this very moment, but it’ll all be in vain if you get tempted to downplay the things you have devoted your life to just for the sake of pleasing someone else. Don’t do this to yourself! You deserve the best of everything.
Have you or someone you know gone to great lengths to impress someone? Did it work? What lessons did it teach you? Share your story with us in the comments below.