do you have another interest to devote your energy to? a place to "blow off steam?" Exercise can generate endorphins and these can make you feel good about yourself. We joined a gym, and I find it gives me more positive attitude the rest of the day. Side effects: you get healthier ...
... Exercise is very important to me, as I have Type II Diabetes and my feet are growing numb and insensitive. ...
Know something like how that feels -- I had neuropathy in my feet following chemo (side effect), and it made my feet nerves fire indiscriminately, and I could not distinguish false signals from real ones, and this created balance problems. Gone now, thankfully.
On a positive note, I am exercising more, getting out more and reuniting with old friends as well as making new ones, and even posting at EvC more...if that counts!
Of course it counts, but be careful ... healthy living can be addictive [/kidding]
Seeing as how my topic is about addiction, perhaps we could discuss the idea of religion as a possible addiction. At what point does belief and subsequent action become addictive rather than prescriptive?
Well, my two-sense reply is (a) any behavior engaged in that becomes an obsession and disrupts the lives of others could be considered an addiction, and (b) we need to compare this to delusions:
... where there is a world of difference between (2), having a false belief, and (3) ignoring evidence the belief is false.
IMHO the concept/s of god/s is non-falsifiable, just certain beliefs (young earth, WW flood, etc) that come from certain interpretations of dogma or the teaching of others.
Believing you must pray 3 times a day can be seen as possibly interfering or disrupting the lives of others , but wouldn't be delusional ... unless it can be shown to be false.
Likewise, wandering around in a moonstruck haze can be seen as possibly interfering or disrupting the lives of others , but wouldn't be delusional ... unless love can be shown to be false.