Rejoicing in another's good fortune, and feeling sorrow for their bad fortune.

A lot of sloppy political thinking is motivated by distorted feelings of envy, too. If we can get more clarity here, we can develop a more enlightened, more compassionate political insight as well.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • envy
  • schadenfreude

Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “[J]ust and noble minds rejoice in other men’s success, and help to augment their praise. And, indeed, they are not without a love to virtue, that take a satisfaction in seeing her rewarded; and such deserve to share her character, that do abhor to lessen it.” ―William Penn
  • After Bankei had passed away, a blind man who lived near the master’s temple told a friend: “Since I am blind, I cannot watch a person’s face, so I must judge his character by the sound of his voice. Ordinarily, when I hear someone congratulate another upon his happiness or success, I also hear a secret tone of envy. When condolence is expressed for the misfortune of another, I hear pleasure and satisfaction, as if the one consoling was really glad there was something left to gain in his own world. In all my experience, however, Bankei’s voice was always sincere. Whenever he expressed happiness, I heard nothing but happiness, and whenever he expressed sorrow, sorrow was all I heard.”