Being Addicted to Being Busy

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/25 2014 10:35AM

Updated 06/25 2014 10:38AM

Addiction can rear its ugly head in many forms. Millions of Americans struggle with addiction on a daily basis but for some, the addiction can be as simple as being too busy and it could be more harmful than you think.

So many of us are overbooked, running from appointment to appointment, and it turns out that for some people there is a biological need, an addiction, to being busy.

Inc. Magazine takes a look at the consequence of taking on too much.

Experts are quoted as saying, that in its most simple form, having a full schedule feels good and flatters our egos. In its most dangerous form it is an uncontrolled urge to be in a state of constant business, a need to get stuff done.

Inc. reports it creates what some call a "builders high" -- the jolt of energy we get from creating or accomplishing something and similar to other addictions, like to alcohol, the person may keep needing a bigger and bigger dose to keep them satisfied.

And that is where the danger comes in when we're talking about any addiction, that it can start small but snowball out of control.

Certainly something we should all be aware of -- especially as all of our schedules fill up.

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