SALT LAKE CITY, March 5, 2012 — For the record, one does not need to be concerned with Anne Hathaway. Sure, she’s lovely; her eyebrows looked great post-makeover in “The Princess Diaries” and we were all very happy to see her go to Paris in “A Devil Wears Prada.”
Since the Oscars, her face is now everywhere and the reaction has been coming in negative. The Huffington post, Us Magazine, The New Yorker Blog, the Daily Mail, MTV.com, the Atlantic, CNN: virtually everyone is trying to figure out why we now “hate” Anne Hathaway. Even Business Insider covered Joan River’s trip to The Late Show with David Letterman where she described Hathaway’s problem as being “I just think she’s very, very happy to be Anne Hathaway ….”
This phenomenon even has a name like Bennifer? Remember those days? Now there is “Hathahate” as if Anne Hathaway has gone so far as to be wedded to the fact that we hate her. Hilarious. With all this momentum, in the next few weeks we will most likely find out that Hathaway is a Republican, about to have a baby, but hiding the fact that she’s used a surrogate, and is somehow in cahoots with Voldemort. Crazier things have happened.
So why do people hate Anne Hathaway? The thing is we all have an Anne Hathaway in our lives. You know the girl: She has perfect teeth, she always has a boyfriend, she sometimes cries about things but looks really pretty while doing it, and even without an Oscar and millions of dollars, she is so easy to hate. When someone is successful and we feel threatened by it, we don’t like that feeling and an easy option is to become a hater, but we shouldn’t get sucked into that.
To counteract your Hathahate, try this:
1. Count your blessings. Even though your “Anne Hathaway” seems to have everything, you’ve got a lot going on too. Think about the things you hold most dear. Spending five minutes every morning thinking about what you are grateful for will drastically improve your outlook on life.
2. Set goals. Did your “Anne Hathaway” just achieve something that you’ve been wanting for a long time? Re-evaluate your goals, give them metrics. Energy spent hating “Anne Hathaway” is energy you’re wasting. Don’t waste it, use it on yourself!
3. Look in the mirror. Think about someone you hate and look at your face in the mirror. It looks really bad, huh? Now think about something or someone you love, insta-pretty! This illustrates a larger point that hating someone can be really unattractive. So if being vain helps you stop your hating habit, then do it.
4. Serve someone else. Remember all of that extra energy? Serving others is a great way to use it. While serving, you learn new skills, meet new people and take your mind off of negative thoughts. You’ll improve in spite of yourself.
5. Realize that it doesn’t help you. This is probably the most important step. Imagine that success is like a big pie; this pie is big enough for everyone to have as big of a piece as they want. You can be as successful as you want to be and hating others for their piece of the pie doesn’t enlarge your piece nor does it shrink theirs.
Again, we don’t need to be concerned with Anne Hathaway, but if by some chance the urge to hate the “Anne Hathaway” in your life has caught hold of your mind, follow the above steps to freedom.
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