Ask Dr. Andrea: I’m more financially comfortable than my parents, but they won’t accept my help

Moreover, a lot of my friends have struggled with finances, job insecurity and layoffs this past year. It is odd that my career is doing so well and doing so well in large part because of something that caused such misfortune to other people. I am having a really hard time reconciling all of this. It feels upsetting to celebrate my successes even to myself when they came at the expense of others. And the thing that I would find a high priority as a reason to even have a financial cushion in the first place — to help my loved ones — is a no-go, so it has me feeling very confused and uncomfortable.