19 December 2005

Positive Addictions

I have red a lot about positive addictions today. You may be surprised to learn that addictions can also be considered positive. Positive addictions are those in which the benefits outweigh the price. A common example would be exercise. The price of membership in a gym, the time involved, and any clothing expense, is outweighed by the benefits of better health, energy, self-confidence and appearance.

But most of all I like quotation from William Glasser's "Positive Addiction":

- Every day after dinner I ride my bike for an hour.

- What happens if you don't?

- Nothing happens, because I never miss a day.

- What if people were getting sick and dying, in need of your help?

- They'd better not be doing it during the hour after dinner when I ride my bike.

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