Positive Addiction to Running
read a small book called Positive Addiction by William Glasser. Glasser
said there are two types of addiction, negative and positive. Negative addiction
is harmful to us. It is based on judgment and guilt and the feeling that we are
worthless. Positive addiction, on the other hand, strengthens us and increases
the quality of our life.
the steps that lead to positive addiction about an activity, including doing the
activity alone rather than with groups, and doing it for the pure enjoyment of
the activity. If we run with another runner(s), for example, there is a tendency
to compete and to judge. If our running partner is faster than we are, we will
probably increase our pace to keep up with the other runner, and in so doing
convince ourselves that the other runner is better than we are. If we run
because we want to lose weight or to be on a school team, we will be in judgment
of ourselves. We judge ourselves as being overweight. We judge ourselves as
being slower (or faster) than the runners with whom we compete.
Of course, we
should run with others and we should run to achieve goals if those are our
needs. Competition has its place in our lives, but we need to recognize that by
its nature, competition is negative and judgmental.
to running for competition or to achieve other goals, we need to also run for no
other reason than the pure enjoyment of running. If we are to be positively
addicted to running, we have to accept ourselves for whom we are, without
criticism and judgment. We have to learn to love our running and to allow our
running to be a positive, strengthening influence in our lives. We can learn to
become positively addicted to running, and by so doing achieve a new dimension
of satisfaction in our lives! And, we'll probably increase the likelihood of
running without injury, because we'll have less stress in our lives.
becoming addicted to running can be dangerous, because it can cause one to
overdo it. I would suggest that we should become addicted to the good feeling of
a healthy body, the good feeling of feeling great during and after we run.
Running is just one way to have those good feelings. Walking, swimming, biking
are also ways of having those good feelings. Become addicted to the result not
the "messenger" so to speak. Such addition is positive and has beneficial
influences in our lives.
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