Staying happy and healthy in recovery

“Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat… Never take yourself too seriously.”

-Og Mandino


Life is not easy.  There are going to be slip-ups, mistakes, and failures.  You are not perfect and never will be.  Putting extra pressure on yourself to live up to a standard that is unattainable, and frankly not expected by anyone but you, is a recipe for inevitable failure.  Throughout your life, you will do things that will make you want to crawl under a rock.  Chances are whatever grand mistake you made, it is likely that nobody noticed or cared.  Stop taking yourself seriously, because you’re really not that big of a deal.   Laugh at yourself or at situations that you may normally let get you down.   

If you’ll pause for a second, you’ll notice that very few people even notice the mistakes that you make.  Other people are more caught up in themselves and their own problems.  As human beings, many of life’s stresses come from placing far too much importance on yourself.  You over-analyze everything that you say out of concern that other people notice your smallest mistakes.  Everyone else is usually thinking the exact same way.  Meaning, they are too caught up in their own mistakes and issues to even notice the things you may feel embarrassed about. Likely, they are just as worried about you noticing their mistakes as you are about them noticing yours. There is a place of peace that can be found within yourself if you will take the time to start enjoying who you are rather than focusing on being perfect in everything you do.  Life is far too short to not find a reason to laugh every day.  Once you can stop taking yourself so seriously and begin laughing at yourself, you can be sure that you’ll always have something to laugh about.


Recovery should be taken seriously. Sound Recovery Solutions offers the program your loved one needs to build the necessary life skills for living sober and sustaining long-term sobriety. Call us today for information on our partial care programs for addiction and alcoholism: 561-277-3088

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