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Would You Do This if You Won the Lottery Powerball?

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This weekend’s cartoon is about magical thinking that we all like to tickle our imaginations with: What would we do if we won the lottery?

I’m sure we all have a list a mile long. But what about taking care of ourselves, as boring as that might be? Would we still keep going to the dentist, or continuing therapy that we might have been exploring before the lottery ticket? Or would we be too happy, and not need therapy for a while?mental health clinic

A recent study in 2014 by the National Institute of Health says in general, both bodily health and mental health do improve in lottery winners. So go ahead! Buy that ticket!

However, it goes on to say that there can also be more “risky behaviors” that are negatively associated with health.

In this case, a higher income will have an ambiguous overall effect, by increasing smoking, drinking, calorie consumption, or other risky activities that are detrimental to general health.

(Now you can buy the whole cake!)

Personally, I think I’d continue therapy. I would like the advice in such a startling new situation. I would also buy a house with a pond, buy a nice piece of jewelry or two, and hire myself a cook. To make me that big beautiful cake.

How about you?

(This cartoon originally appeared in ClinicMind.)

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Would You Do This if You Won the Lottery Powerball?

Donna Barstow

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