Gambling can definitely mean having fun while you make some extra money, but if it’s not done responsibly it can be very dangerous – you’re going to end up dealing with both a financial crisis and a family crisis.

You can avoid the negative effects if you don’t get carried away and if you remain committed to these simple thought processes:

Losing is an essential part of the game, just like winning. It’s okay to lose. On the other hand it’s very important to set a limit on how much time you spend losing, and stick to it no matter what. This will let you avoid the reflex of trying to make up for the losses. It will also stop you from borrowing more money than you have. If you tend to lose on a particular day, it’s important to remember that it’s just an unlucky day and you don’t have to try to win.

Taking breaks is essential. Being under stress and pressure can mean making really awful decisions you didn’t think through. Some quiet time will let you ponder and choose the best solutions. You can use the moments of relaxation to do some socializing in the casino – maybe you will even meet someone who will later change your life.

Keep in mind that the purpose of gambling is fun, and it’s only up to you whether or not it stays this way.