3 reasons why playing the lottery makes people unhappy…

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Would you like to win the lottery?

The Euro-Millions Lottery double, triple, quadruple rollover has been won after weeks of hype.

This time the line fed to broadcasters, from National Lottery HQ was, “If you win the £148 million jackpot, you’ll be richer than Sir Tom Jones”.

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This isn’t true of course, unless they’re only referring to financial riches.

The winner won’t be as happy as Tom Jones but this doesn’t seem to bother most lottery playing people as they leave their local shops with hope, albeit false hope.

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Tom didn’t win the lottery and I guarantee if he’d won it, as a young man, we wouldn’t know him as the Tom we know him as today.

Tom always seems happy and it’s not because of his money, sure it helps he has no money worries but its not the b all and end all, far from it.

Tom is happy because he had a talent and a passion, which he worked had at. The reward was him achieving his dream.

The important word here is, achieve. There is nothing more satisfying than achievement.

It means you put some hard work in and get the result you want out.

The result is even more sweet because of the hard work you had to put in.

This is why we often see Olympic stars breaking down in tears after winning a medal.

The years of getting up before the sun to push their minds and bodies, in unswerving dedication, with the hope of achieving their dream, finally pays off and is recognised by the rest of the world.

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Buying a lottery ticket and winning the jackpot is not an achievement, that’s why its success is very short lived.

You can’t buy happiness.

Happiness is a state of mind.

It’s an attitude.

It’s within us.

Unless we find this, we’ll never be happy, no matter how much money we have.

You can be sailing on your own yacht around the Caribbean and still feel unhappy. You may have changed the scenery outside but not inside.

How do you think you’d feel if you’d won the lottery bought everything you wanted and still felt sad?

At this point you’d feel worse than you did before you acquired the money because at least then you could blame it on your lack of luxury. Now there’s only one thing to blame it on, yourself.

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A colleague recently said to me, “If you win that rollover I bet we wouldn’t see you again after the weekend”.

I replied, “Yes you would. I like my job”.

I also like the interaction with people I wouldn’t normally bother with. It’s interesting, as is the office politics and all the gossip.

This colleague then said, “If I even won £100,000 you wouldn’t see me again!”

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I seriously think they underestimate how much their working life enriches their existence.

A recent survey suggests, the workplace has overtaken school, university and family as the most likely place to form close friendships.

Research shows a third of adults make their, “good friends” at work.

Also a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has ranked nations by their degree of contentment, and Britain comes surprisingly high on the list.
 
The key factors that make people depressed, it finds, are “being unemployed, in poor health, and having no friends to count on”.

Winning the lottery prevents none of these misfortunes and it positively favours the last of them.
 
It’s like being unhappy with your body because you’re over weight and buying nice clothes to cover it up. 
 
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You might like the way you look in the clothes but it’s a temporary fix. The body you’re unhappy with is still there.

If you decided to do something about your body by eating healthily and working out you’d feel a lot better when you achieved your body beautiful because you’d earned it.

This is why I’ve included this is, in one of the 3 reasons why playing lottery makes people unhappy:


1. You can’t buy happiness. 

It’s an attitude, a state of mind and because its a state of mind, it’s our choice.

Everyday when we wake up we can choose to be happy or miserable and being miserable is hard work.

If we sort this out first we won’t need to play the lottery because happiness is life’s jackpot.

2. It gives us false hope.

It makes us long for things, usually materialistic, we’d like to have rather than appreciate the many great things we do have.

3. You won’t win it.

The odds of winning the Euro-Millions jackpot are 1 in 116,531,800.

That’s one hundred and sixteen million, five hundred and thirty one thousand and eight hundred to one.

Is this really a realistic goal?

Why not become a top athlete?

The odds of becoming a pro athlete are only 22,000 to 1.

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The odds of winning an Olympic medal are only 662,000 to 1.

Or how about becoming an astronaut?

The odds of being an astronaut are only 13,200,000 to 1.

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 Or what about becoming a world renowned actor?


The odds of winning an Academy Award are only 11,500 to 1.

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Or how about dedicating your life to searching for that ever elusive priceless antique?


The odds of striking it rich on Antiques Roadshow are only 60,000 to 1.

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Or why not go for the big one? Become President of the United States of America.

The odds of doing this are only 10,000,000 to 1.

Of course a slight stumbling block maybe the fact that you have to be born in the US to be the President.

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You can try any of the above and will have a more fulfilled life and a greater chance of achieving them than you would of winning the Euro-millions jackpot.

Why pin your hopes on something that is never going to happen?

We have to remember happiness is the goal in life and this richness is found inside us, not at a corner shop lottery ticket terminal, for the price of £2.

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Plus winning the lottery won’t make you a winner in life but having the right attitude will.

So you can’t rely on the lottery to make you happy, firstly because its near enough impossible to win, so why not rely on yourself instead?

In 50 Things Successful People Have In Common by Craig Harper, here are few points that relate to attitude:

They consciously and methodically create their own success, while others hope success will find them.

They rarely complain (its waste of energy). All complaining does is put the complainer in a negative and unproductive state.

They don’t blame (what’s the point?). They take complete responsibility for their actions and outcomes (or lack thereof).

They are busy, productive and proactive. While most are laying on the couch, planning, over-thinking, sitting on their hands and generally going around in circles, they are out there getting the job done.

They are glass half full people – while still being practical and down-to-earth. They have an ability to find the good.

They consistently do what they need to do, irrespective of how they are feeling on a given day.

While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

A few years back I went through a pretty dark time in my life and I had to make a decision.

Do I really want happiness in life or do I constantly want to keeping dipping in and out of depression?

I decided I wanted happiness, so I’ve changed the way I live and this has started with my attitude to life.

To me it was the only realistic option.

Everyday I wake up and say three things to myself:

1. Today I have a choice to be happy or miserable. I’m choosing happy because being miserable is pointless and a lot of hard work.

2. Life is NOW. Learn to appreciate what I have right now, not what I don’t have. If I’m happy in the present, my past will have been and my future will be happy.

We all have some amazing things in our lives and sadly sometimes don’t realise it until we lose them.

3. If cannot change the situation I can change the way I react to the situation. The is no such thing as a negative situation only the chance to learn.

It may sound like a lot of positive thinking nonsense but it works and the end goal is happiness, surely as long as we don’t harm others it doesn’t matter how we get there.

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  • Milly.

    It really does depend on your attitude prior to winning the lottery and how you would choose to use the money if you did win, that determines whether or not you would be happy, surely? I’m a happy person now, but I would love to be able to buy property to house hard working low income families in, at a low rent. I’m sure if I won and put the money into this venture, I would have the satisfaction of being in a position to assist others. I think that would be worthwhile.

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