I found this article online. It speaks more about treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse but I would say that we are all addicted to something. Whether it’s healthy or not is another thing.
Some days I struggle with happiness. I go back to the same patterns of expecting people around me to make me happy and getting frustrated when they can’t hold up their end of the “bargain” I have made for them.
Happiness is always a choice. Sometimes I wallow in pity and can’t get out of a certain funk. Some days are harder than others. It’s more difficult on those days to choose to be happy. It seems almost reinforcing to remain unhappy.
None of this makes me a weak person. It means I am human and I don’t expect to be happy every moment of every day. For some it’s even harder than what I’ve described. That doesn’t make them weak.
Some people struggle with depression, substance abuse, etc. They are not weak-minded people. There are numerous reasons behind resorting to substances. There are many causes for depression. When we label a person as “weak” we are really only representing who we are.We don’t know each person’s circumstances and we don’t know the fight they are fighting.
Judgement and criticism are detrimental to our own happiness and to others’ happiness. Remember my post on altruism? Helping others in their happiness only boosts our own. We should always remain mindful in the way we perceive others. If we are thinking of someone negatively, try and switch it around. Imagine that the person you are thinking negatively about is trying to deal with their lives the best way they know how.
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