A really talented friend got some good news and I couldn’t possibly be happier for her. I even hugged her although she has a cold. She was exactly the same way when I got similar news. (I got hugs too; no cold germs were involved.) Unfortunately, I can’t comment further because SOMEBODY hasn’t posted the news on her blog yet.(hint hint)
I can’t understand friends who don’t celebrate each other’s successes. They are your friends. You should be happy for them when they get good news. If all you can think about is that their happiness somehow takes away from your own, you’re doing it wrong.
Life can be a competition and there are winners and losers. People tend to forget, though, that losing at one specific thing does not make you a loser for the rest of your life. It’s okay to want to win. Personally, I go with the “if I don’t get it, I hope you do” gambit because it’s true that you want a friend to do well (but not necessarily as well as you.)
If you aren’t in direct competition, you had better be your buddy’s biggest fan. You lose absolutely nothing by sharing in their joy; in fact, you multiply it. Good news is far too rare in this world not to be celebrated. Friends are even harder to find. Why would you waste the opportunity? Be a cheerleader when a pal has something to celebrate. Everyone will feel better for it.