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How To Win The Lottery

by on May 21, 2012

in Challenge Yourself!, Happiness, Purpose

lotteryI was inspired to write this article was I saw the frenzy surrounding the $640,000,000 Mega Millions lottery jackpot in the U.S. at the end of March. It was kind of disgusting, to be honest.

It’s interesting that lotteries are so successful around the world. You part with a small amount of money with the chance of winning an unfathomable amount. But, obviously, chances are you won’t win. It’s really a hidden tax.

But apart from this, what would you do with the money if you won the lottery? Many people think they’d be happy, but we’ve all seen the stories of the person or couple who won the lottery and life got infinitely worse.

I think this represents a “grass is always greener on the other side” mentality. Often it’s not.

The more I travel, the more I realize happiness comes from within. I’ve written as much here. People in China are realizing it too, with their new-found wealth not delivering new-found happiness.

On The Happy Nomad Tour I outsource many things. I outsource my housing and I outsource my search for volunteering opportunities.

But you can’t outsource your happiness!

You have to take responsibility for your own happiness the way you take responsibility for your health or career or child-rearing. When you eat you are providing your body the nutrition and energy you need. But do you do the same with your happiness?

Do you fill your heart and soul with nutrition and energy?

If not, it’s about time you start. The modern lifestyle is so busy, often with things of little or no significance/value, that we are often too distracted to actually figure out the passions that can fill our hearts and souls with energy and nutrition. There’s too much noise.

Being a hollow vessel for consumption will never make you happy.

So that’s the secret. Winning the lottery would just offer you new problems and challenges despite fixing current problems like debt or not being able to afford x, y, or z. But once your basic needs are met, you’ll realize you feel just as unhappy as before, maybe more unhappy, and you will have new problems and fears like that of losing your newfound wealth.

If you really want to win the lottery, dig deep within yourself, find your happiness deficiencies (like vitamin deficiencies), and work toward filling your heart and soul with the proverbial medicine they need.

About Adam Pervez

In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.

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