Celebrate Success and the People Who Support You

These people help us up when we're down. They offer their time and support without asking for anything in return and they're the ones there to celebrate with us when we reach our goals.
Celebrate Success and the People Who Support You
Raquel Aldana

Written and verified by the psychologist Raquel Aldana.

Last update: 30 May, 2022

In today’s article we’ll be looking at how we should celebrate success and share it with others when things go well.

In some way, we distinguish between those we give and receive time from. This is especially the case if they’re glad to do it and ask for nothing in return. The appreciation is even greater when we can get together to share a few moments with that special person when we’re craving their company.

It’s amazing to have people in your life that are there for you precisely when you need them most. They have a way of filling the emptiness with their presence, words, hugs or with just a moment of shared silence.

Why celebrate success?

These same people are by our side for the simple fact that they want to be near us. Even when we aren’t the best company and are carrying a very contagious virus: discouragement.

Discouragement is a disease that, when taken to the core, is really hard to get rid of. That’s why they stay by our sides. They understand this, and they are the ones that really truly appreciate us.

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What’s more, they’re the only people who are able to appreciate what it takes for us to reach our goals. They also understand the price we’ve had to pay for the transformation we’ve undertaken.

These people were the ones who listened when our eyes were filled with tears, the ones who stopped us from beating ourselves up and doing even deeper damage.

The difficult times show us just how much people care about us. It’s almost like how farmers used to separate the chaff from the wheat in the days of old.

A girl with a guitar.

In difficult times, their support keeps us going

The level of automation that exists in our lives is huge. If we were to count the number of tasks that we do every day without thinking, we’d all be truly surprised.

We get up, hop in the shower, dry off, get dressed, and eat breakfast. We can spend the whole day on autopilot without realizing it, without even connecting our consciousness to reality for a moment.

However, one thing that characterizes difficult times is that this automation disconnects us. It can become a normal, effortless state of mind. Combine it with depression, and it becomes an even greater hurdle to overcome.

Faced with this continuous effort, the fact that we have people around us to lend us some of their strength is not only comforting, but it masks our efforts that much easier.

PRESENCE doesn’t mean grand gestures or courtesy visits, it’s about just being there with a few words of encouragement.

A man with a headache.


It’s not easy to be there for someone who’s going through a hard time

Depression doesn’t tend to make people pleasant or attractive. It may inspire them to write or paint, but it also makes them more introverted and distracted. Their gaze turns inward and they only seem able to connect with us when we share their focus of attention.

They become demanding, believing the world owes them something. By the world we mean fate, but also those around them. It’s very easy for them, when frustrated, to unload on others without asking themselves if they should.

On the other hand, their lack of attention translates into being oblivious to the needs and problems of others. The world could collapse around them, but nothing seems to be able to grab their attention.

They may even be so filled with bitterness that it prevents them from being empathetic with others.

A woman with butterflies

Celebrate the good times by being thankful

If giving up time and sharing it with others is a gift, then let’s celebrate the good times by being thankful. Let it be a symbol of recognition for the people on the sidelines that have always been there for us. Ones who have never let us throw in the towel when things got tough.

Many people feel that celebrating, despite all the good that it symbolizes, is not appropriate on a social level. It’s as if sharing our joy of an achievement means we’re all egocentric people who love gloating about our success.

Celebration is associated with the absence of thought and good judgment, losing control of the instincts and emotions. Many times we might even repress the desire to congratulate ourselves because, although we’ve reached an important goal, there are still aspects of our lives that are not going too well.

We often don’t celebrate success out of fear of what others will think, or that it will look like we’re shoving it in their face.

A woman with a hummingbird.

By holding back our joy, we’re punishing ourselves by not recognizing our achievement and efforts. We’re telling people around us that despite all the work and the benefits its brought, there’s no room for joy.

Nobody deserves that. Parties and celebrations aren’t something left behind in youth and forgotten. On the contrary, to celebrate success is necessary because our lives and the people in it are just as worthy of celebrating.

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