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I Shine, You Shine: 5 Reasons Why Celebrating the Success of Others is a Must

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If you’re still on a high from last night’s historical Emmys, know that you’re not alone. The evening was truly magical as Regina King, Viola Davis and Uzo Aduba walked away with awards, but I can’t stop thinking about how BRIGHTLY the alway lovely Ms. Taraji Henson shined. She looked stunning, of course, in her fly Alexander Wang gown and makeup by the talented Ashunta Sherrif, but it’s her inner beauty that makes Taraji every woman’s best friend in their head. I mean, come on. That heartfelt scream for her girl Regina King’s win was a moment every girlfriend should experience!  When you’re walking in your purpose you know that there’s a time and a season for everything. You know that a win for one is a win for all. So while Taraji was on the other side of the award presentation ceremony, she was no less excited and genuinely HAPPY for her girls who’ve been working alongside her in Hollywood for decades.

It feels good to have people who will celebrate you; your accomplishments, your dreams, your life. So why not take the time (and maybe even the money, if necessary) to do for someone else what you want done for you? In honor of the beauty-full Taraji Henson and last night’s Emmy Awards, here are five reasons why celebrating the success of others is a MUST:

1. It’s a refreshing change in a “me first” world: First and foremost, celebrating others is not only the right thing to do, it places those who practice this unique and powerful way of being at the top 1% of people others want to be around. It’s easy to celebrate others and it doesn’t cost a thing. In an age where “selfies” are the mainstream of social media, celebrating others is a refreshing change of pace. People are enchanted by those who place others above themselves and we love seeing others genuinely happy about the success of others.

2. It’s healthy. Celebrating the success of others is good for your mind. Researchers have found that people who celebrate others are more grateful, happier, and have lower stress levels. They reduce the stress created by false needs, and the unhealthy emphasis society places on competing with others.

3. More reasons to toast! Taking your girl out for drinks to celebrate her new client or the launch of her re-designed website creates an opportunity to multiply the special moments you experience in this lifetime.  We spend so much time wallowing in our so-called failures, be sure to spend just as much time rejoicing when things are going well and life is on a high note. Take advantage of every opportunity to celebrate both the big and small victories in other’s lives.

4. Good karma. We all know how it goes, what you reap is what you sow. Good intentions and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness. Period. End of story. It’s just that simple.

5. Build a legacy. In Her Shoes is all about the celebration of Fly Female Entrepreneurs. I don’t celebrate others so I will be remembered well, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. I celebrate others because it just FEELS good. It warms my heart to share in the success of other beautiful brown girls taking the proverbial road less traveled. The fact that other people admire this unique quality of celebrating others, and that it sets a good example for the women and men around me, is just an added bonus.

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As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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