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Destination Addiction: Do you have it?

Lifestyle & Fitness • by Ryno Ellis • 14 January 2019
Destination addiction is the new buzzword for having feelings of constant dissatisfaction with your life as it currently is. It can be described as your happiness being akin to a carrot dangling in front of a donkey. And no matter how hard that donkey tries, it’ll never reach the carrot. If this sounds familiar, then please continue reading.

Destination addiction is a state of mind where you’re always planning and scheming what your next step will be to being a happier person. It’s when you’re constantly thinking, “I’ll be happy when…,” instead of being happy with your current circumstances.

Best-selling author, Robert Holden, PhD, defines destination addiction as being “preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is someplace else, it will never be where you are.”

Of course, it’s human nature to daydream of things to come or to have ambition to work harder for a better life. However, when this urge for a happier life becomes an obsession, then it’s time to make a few changes.

How to know if you have destination addiction:

Ways to avoid destination addiction and living in the now:


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