Non-Material Happiness

If you base your happiness on things or people, what happens when they disappear? People come and go. They move, cheat, change jobs, lose interest, and of course, we all die. As for things, it is so easy to become preoccupied with the latest and greatest; some of us want the newest cell phone, others like cars, and some are preoccupied with the newest fashion statement. Yet, all of the stuff that we desire will become outdated, less desirable, and old news. Just a week or two after you get the latest and greatest, it’s appeal and newness fades. How on earth can we maintain happiness if it is based on anything that can be thrown away?

If your happiness is attached to things that are always changing, you will be on a perpetual rollercoaster headed nowhere near happiness. What does create happiness, is knowledge, meaningful goals and the pursuit of achieving them, giving to others, no-strings attached love, and the savoring of moments. Recovery gives you a second chance to learn new things and to explore the world. This could mean going to school, learning new recipes, painting, or joining a book club. If it interests you, do it. New experiences enhance your life, and there is no time like the present to begin adding them to your world.

Do you have a goal that you are working toward? It could be running a half-marathon, starting a blog, or making a recipe book. Having goals that mean something to you gives difficult days a reason to keep going by seeing the forest for the trees. Sobriety won’t always be easy, and it won’t always be hard; if you have things in your life that mean something to you, your path in recovery will be that much more fulfilling. Take your time on this journey, enjoy your surroundings, and take time to be quiet. Stop and smell those proverbial roses, because moments are fleeting and you may not get to enjoy the experiences you had today, again.




If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. Your life may feel dark and hopeless right now, but we can help you begin your own journey toward the light of recovery. You can be happy again. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. Recovery is possible, call today.


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