This celebrity’s advice to women about jealousy might shock you

What does jealousy do to you? Does it overcome you or make you stronger?

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  • Stand-up comedian Chelsea Handler shared an experience that taught her the powerful effects of jealousy. Her advice about facing this powerful emotion is a message all women need to hear.

  • Early on in her career, Handler was invited to a comedic improv showcase. There, she would perform for a prospective agency to represent her. The opportunity was everything a start-up comedian could ever dream of. Her excitement for the opportunity led her to invite her fellow comedian and friend to join her at the showcase because for a comedian, the more experience you can get, the better.

  • Having five years of experience under her belt with her friend having only one, Handler felt confident and prepared to take the stage and impress the agents.

  • After both of their performances, Handler received a phone call from her friend the next day. Her friend told her the big news: She was contracted by the comedic agency just hours after the showcase.

  • "I hated the way that I felt, that I was jealous," said Handler. "How could she get something that I didn't? It wasn't fair because I was the one who had convinced her to do stand-up in the first place."

  • Her jealousy was ignited, but her perspective remained calm and steady after a phone call with her sister, helping Handler to make this event a learning experience.

  • "You just can't ever act on jealousy," her sister told her. "What you have no one else has. So there will be a place for you. Don't think that because someone got something, that you're not going to get something else. There's room for everybody."

  • Handler shared this experience in the video above as an outreach to other women. Her story serves as a reminder that it is OK to feel jealous so long as you do not act out on that feeling.

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  • She reminds everyone, "There's always a space for you because there is no one that's exactly like you."

  • Handler then ends the video with a line I think we can all benefit from: "I never ever blow out someone else's candle to make mine brighter."

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Hannah Rose is a content writer for Deseret Digital Media. She loves to run, sing and dance in her spare time.

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