That word has a negative ring to it doesn’t it?
The word “addiction” sets off a negative impression when we hear it because when we think of addiction, we tend to visualize drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, junk food, and substance abuse—all of the habits that you definitely DON’T want to be addicted to.
But contrary to what you might have heard, having addictions can actually be very good for you—if you pick the right ones.
The following are 3 Habits That You SHOULD Be Addicted To—3 Addictions that will improve your mental health, physical health, happiness, success, and overall wellbeing:
Very Rarely in life will you find something that feels as amazing as Fitness that isn’t either illegal or incredibly bad for you. Fitness is the Holy Grail of rejuvenating your mind and body.
You know all of those pleasurable side-effects that people gravitate to alcohol for? Confidence. Improved self-esteem. Happiness. Lack of inhibitions. Anxiety-relief. And stress-release. You can find all of those same pleasurable side-effects and more by simply showing up to the gym everyday to get your workout in.
As I described in my September blog post about 4 Reasons You Should Hit The Gym Everyday, Fitness is a scientifically proven way to take control of your happiness by pumping feel-good chemicals through your brain. It’s an all-natural remedy for relieving not only depression, but also anxiety and stress. Unlike drinking alcohol—which may cause you to put on some pounds—regular exercise makes you look and feel more physically attractive. And on top of all of that, embracing the #FitLife breeds higher levels of discipline, work ethic, motivation, and growth.
This is definitely one habit that we should ALL be addicted to.
Very few habits contribute more to success and overall well-being than reading does.
As I explained in my January 1st 2016 blog post about 4 Ways To Make 2016 YOUR Year, reading gives you access to wisdom, knowledge, advice, and secrets from the greatest minds of the human race all for the low price of only about 20 dollars per book.
Self-education through books is the equivalent of uploading new and improved software into your brain.
Reading improves your memory; boosts your concentration and focus abilities; improves your writing skills; reduces stress; and broadens your vocabulary. And by learning about situations that already happened to others, reading can open your eyes to the fact that there is no pain, struggle, challenge, difficulty, setback, or misfortune in your life that someone else hasn’t already overcome!
Reading puts everything that you’re going through into perspective.
Put all of that together and reading makes you more likely to succeed. According to a recent Business Insider article, “85% of rich people read two or more education, career-related, or self-improvement books per month, compared to 15% of poor.”
So if you’re looking for ways to boost your chances of success in life, look no further than reading—not a bad habit to get yourself addicted to.
Nothing will give you a better natural high than the sensation of knowing that who you are today is somehow better, more developed, more mature, more responsible, more accomplished, more physically fit, more educated, more well-read, or simply just happier than the person you were yesterday.
Nothing can offer you a better natural high than self-development.
Have you ever glanced at some fitness before-and-after-photos on Instagram and felt inspired by not only the transformation, but also by that glow of pure excitement, euphoria, and happiness on the faces of the people in the after-photos? Fitness and weight-loss champions ALWAYS look thrilled in their after-photos. They can barely contain their excitement. Because there’s no better feeling in the world than knowing that you built up the motivation to put in the endless work, sacrifice, commitment, and discipline necessary to make drastic progress and improvements in yourself.
There’s no better sensation out there than the well-deserved euphoria that self-development, growth, self-improvement, and progress can offer you. Even if you still aren’t where you want to be, that sense of accomplishment from witnessing your own growth will always stun you and fulfill you.
And not only does self-development make you feel good, it’s is a way of life that makes heavy contributions to your success.
Just like Fitness and Reading, it’s a natural high that you definitely SHOULD be addicted to.
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