“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha
We live in a world where fame, comfort, wealth and power are equated with happiness. Since our souls are not hungry for these indulgences, when they fade away, so does our sense of self-worth.
Instead, our souls hunger for meaning and purpose. We can satiate these cravings through acquiring wealth, though not the traditional definition of material positions and shiny objects that result in less happiness.
Think about owning a car, which is the standard image of wealth and luxury. Sure, your first car has a massive impact on your life, as it allows you to travel to work, home and out for fun evenings. On the onset, material wealth seems great – you are happy to own a car!
However, as you add cars to your life, the impact becomes increasingly marginal. Your second car may be a welcomed addition, especially if you have a spouse. But cars number three and four hardly have any effect. And if you were to purchase five cars, you’d be so burnt out on building the wealth to afford it that you’d be less happy than when you just owned one car.
In other words, by focusing on material wealth, we become less happy and damage our mental health. This can be a challenge for anyone in recovery. Since mental health plays such a critical role in addiction recovery, it’s important to know how to maximize fulfillment and find the meaning your soul desires.
You can do this by building three types of wealth that are proven to improve mental health.
- Emotional Wealth: When you claim ownership of your emotional stability, you are less likely to be afected by external factors. This empowers you to not only achieve sobriety, but to also maintain a drug free life. Furthermore, when you accumulate positive experiences through experiential therapy and individual counseling, you have the otools necessary to build the life you deserve.
- Time Wealth: Everyone recieves the same 24-hours in a day, but you have the ability to spend that time in a way that builds personal value. YOu allocate that time. You decide how to schedule your life and lead it in the direction you want. Whether it’s spending more time with family, getting a degree, or changing career paths, learning ot spend your time wisely is fundamental to your mental health.
- Wealth of Reciprocation: There’s a reason so many people in recovery decide to become addiction counselors. The ability and desire to give back to others allows you to spread the happiness you’ve gained while increasing your own positive lifestyle.
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