Is It Possible to Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

Is It Possible to Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

Within psychology and the self-help movement generally, there is and always has been a lot of talk about balance.

To be honest, I’ve always had mixed feelings about this because if you love something, if you’re great at something, should you really curtail the time you spend engaging in it?

But that being said, there’s no doubt that there are times when too much of a good thing is no longer good.

Which is exactly what this Psychology Today article by Suzie Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski is all about …


  • A healthy or “harmonious” passion is characterized as a volitional engagement in an activity that we love.
  • Obsessive passion consists of an uncontrollable desire to partake in an activity.
  • Researchers found that not just what we do but how we approach exercise provides the most psychological and physical benefits.

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The other morning I (Suzie) awoke beyond exhausted, having only slept a few hours. Fortunately, I managed to accomplish some important things by noon, except for my beloved exercise, my number-one well-being habit that has regularly fueled me for decades. I was incredibly busy and figured I’d squeeze in a run later that day, ideally after a brief nap.

The hours passed quickly while I toiled throughout the day. Needless to say, the nap never happened. Despite feeling extremely tired, I still wanted to exercise. After picking our son Liam up from school, I laced up my sneakers and slowly dragged my tired body towards the door.

Liam could tell from merely looking at me that I needed to rest. I also told him that I was exhausted but that I really didn’t want to skip my workout.

“Mom, you’re one of the healthiest people I know,” he said. You don’t need to work out every day. Skipping one workout isn’t going to matter. You need to rest.”

From the mouth of babes…

At that very moment, I realized my normally healthy passion for exercise had turned a bit obsessive lately. And that I wasn’t modeling healthy behavior to our son, an avid soccer and baseball player.

I skipped the run and made sure to get a good night’s sleep…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE