It’s that time of the year! Bright lights, festive mood, shopping, nicely drifting into a slightly calmer, holiday season, isn’t it?

Such times also see an increased activity from people on social media. Beautiful happy pictures, family, children, dogs, couples, travel, white picket fence et al! And it makes you think that everybody’s life is so picture perfect, they have got it all together. Just in case you are going through a rough time it might also trigger feelings of inadequacy. Are you the only one who is left behind? Are you not successful enough? Why are only your relationships failing?

Wait wait! Before you get dragged down that rabbit hole of negative thinking, remember this golden line- All the glitters is not gold!

All the happy, shiny people with perfect lives may not actually be so perfect after all. Platforms like Instagram push us to look happy, compete in displaying our happiness.

Have you read in the last year how many ‘successful’ people/ models/actors continued to pretend to be happy and within hours of posting a glamorous picture, they were found dead! Goes on to further prove that all that you see on social media is certainly not true. Those smiles, travels, sparkling homes might be hiding many a secret.

Good idea at such time would be to disconnect from these platforms if its overwhelming, in case you are dealing with a loss of anxiety even. Take a break. Do what makes you happy even if it’s reading a book, going for a walk or simply sleeping it out. Go and get some sun for few minutes, work out. Meet someone in real life, play with children. That’s one way to lift up mood instantly.

All that glitters is definitely not gold, especially on social media. It’s almost always photoshopped 😉


Take care, be well!


I am the Founder & Director of Azure, Strategic Brand Consulting Firm based in Mumbai. I have had the good fortune of traveling across far away lands. I have also met some incredible people- monks, healers, leaders, magicians, entrepreneurs and more. This blog is an attempt to share these moments. If it strikes a chord with even one person or makes you smile, the purpose would have been served.

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