Society trains us to be addicted to money and collecting things. Despite how problematic this can be, we not only fail to recognize it as an addiction, but instead encourage it.
Very few people admit (even to themselves) that we often use money to keep score of our success.
Here are a few symptoms that suggest you could be using money to keep score:
- You are in the top percentile of earners in the country, but you feel like you are underpaid because a friend earns more
- You measure your year in financial terms with thoughts like “I had a good year. I earned $500,000.”
- You feel like you are falling behind because friends or colleagues are driving nicer cars, taking nicer vacations or sending their kids to more expensive schools
- You spend far more time thinking about how much money you have and how much you earn rather than thinking about how to build better relationships, have engaging activities and how to make a difference in the life of others.
Money or wealth addiction is a problem because it serves as a distraction. Just like any addiction, it diverts attention from other painful experiences or feelings. Just like food and drug addicts, we keep wanting more and more to fill up an emptiness inside. Of course we know there is never an amount of money that will ever satisfy the empty spot.
At the same time, our society’s endorsement of wealth addiction makes it even harder to break away and live a life based on what really matters. We live in a culture that celebrates the accumulation of wealth. Society perpetuates the myth that the formula for a successful life is to work hard and earn a lot of money so you can do what you want and that will make you happy.
This struggle for inner peace vs. what society teaches us creates an endless loop that creates inadequate feelings, bad habits, addictions and other issues.
If you feel like this, you are not alone. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are a way to break this cycle and create your own definition of happiness.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy help you refocus on true happiness — the kind that is not rooted in collecting money or things or comparing ourselves to others. True freedom is knowing that you create your own path in life — not following one created by someone else.
Like all addictions, it takes time to learn new habits and make life changes but it can be done. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy make the process easy and effortless, when you’re ready to make the change.