From a personal standpoint I have mixed feelings about the report. I tend to see the world through a rather narrow field of my everyday existence, so I don’t believe the happiness versus money debate is black and white. Instead, it resembles a painting given to you by your two-year old child. There are simply too many ingredients that go into the soup bowl of a great and happy life to make bold statements like ‘more money makes you happy.’
Stress is a completely natural reaction to a dangerous situation. For example, if a hunter gatherer was searching for berries and runs into a tiger, they would immediately drop everything and deal with the problem at hand; they would run as far away as possible. This is simple to understand, and for the most part is a great tool in the psychological kit of human beings. However, this doesn’t translate well in the modern world.
Over five-years ago I had a terrible gambling problem that had spun completely out of control. I was gambling on anything and everything. There were no triggers that resulted in an impulse to gamble because it was my life. I gambled when I woke up, I set my robots to gamble when I was at work and I gambled when I came home. When I woke up each morning the first thing I did was check my laptop to see how much money I had won or lost. Only then would I roll over and kiss my ex-wife on the cheek and wish her a happy morning.
When I decided to quit alcohol I also used it as an opportunity to also quit gambling. I told myself that poker, although a form of gambling was different because it is a game that is heavily weighted to the more skilful players over the long run. So I quit all forms of gambling except for poker. In five-years I have only gambled once and funnily enough it was when I was drunk. It was in Las Vegas and I emptied my wallet of $3,000 while playing roulette.
So why did I set myself this goal?
When I created the Needy Helper I launched the site on the back of two specific goals. Every website or blog needs a steady stream of good quality content and so I decided to launch it with a promise to write 100 Consecutive Daily Blog Posts. The second goal revolved around knowledge and learning. I am a great believer in the power of literature and so I set about reading 52 books in 52 weeks. This blog post is an update on the 100 Consecutive Daily Blog Posts goal as I reach the midway point in my challenge.
Accept the challenges so you can feel the exhilaration of victory – George S. Patton
When it comes to creating a blog there are a lot of people who have been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. As an avid blog reader I find myself moving from blog to blog like juicy grapes on the vine. I am particularly interested in the blogs that have been created to help you create or improve your own blog. Invariably, each blog will have it’s own unique pieces of advice, but there will always be some foundations that every blog creator will insist upon should you want to retain an audience.