THE “WHAT WHY & HOW” OF MODERATION

From THE VIRTUES PROJECT Educator’s Guide

WHAT IS MODERATION?

Moderation is creating balance in your life between work and play, rest and exercise. It is having or doing enough of something—not too much, not too little, but what’s just right for you. If you work, study or play all the time it is not being moderate. Moderation is being in charge of your time and using self-discipline to keep from doing too much or too little.

WHY PRACTICE MODERATION?

Moderation helps us to stay balanced, so that we are not controlled by our desires. Without moderation, we can over do things like talking, or eating. We can start to get addicted to things and want even more when it can hurt us, like eating too much chocolate or drinking too much alcohol. When we practice moderation we make a choice to be the way we want to be.

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE MODERATION?

You practice moderation by knowing your own limits and what you need to function at your best. People are different. For some eight hours of sleep is enough, for others, it is too little. Watch yourself to make sure you stay balanced and don’t let something begin to rule your life, such as social media, TV, computer games, food or a person. When you practice moderation, you are content to have just what you need.

 

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