“The best revenge is massive success.”
-Frank Sinatra

Is taking revenge or even a desire to do so ultimately bad for the soul?

Most psychologists and/or life coaches will say yes. When you think about getting revenge on someone, it ultimate takes a psychological toll on you because your motivation to do so is usually anger and hatred. Even if you achieve your goal in the end, it could end up costing you severely.

So what do you do? Maybe it’s my ego or maybe it’s just me being human but personally, I’ve always felt that my critics deserve SOMETHING in the long run. Something that’ll make them think, “Boy, he sure showed us.” I feel that way because it’s important to me that at some point realize how wrong they were.

It’s crucial to note that I certainly don’t mean that in a destructive way. If someone criticises or belittles me, by no means do I have think of stabbing them to death or running them over with a car.

But at the same time, I do feel like sticking it to them. So is there a healthy compromise? Can a person get revenge in a way that’s not harmful or destructive?

According to me, there is. Replace revenge with justice. When you receive or work towards getting justice, then end goal is much more positive. In justice, the long-run involves you succeeding without harm.

Revenge by definition is “the act of inflicting pain or harm for wrong suffering at their hands.” Justification equates to “the action of showing something to be right or reasonable.” In other words, with justice, you’re simply proving your detractors wrong.

Simultaneously, in the process of doing so, you’re bringing forth success in your life. It’s a win-win situation for you.

So the next time you think of getting revenge or someone, tell yourself you’ll do it with justice. Tell yourself the biggest revenge will be your success. That’ll satisfy the human ego to “stick it to them” and will end with you on top.

How do you feel about today’s post? Have you ever felt like getting revenge on someone? If so, what did you do when feeling that way? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.

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