Rules for a Better Life

These are my rules for a better life.

  • Be polite 
  • Take time to enjoy the little things
  • Keep your promises 
  • Smile more
  • Be grateful 
  • Do your best 
  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • Get enough sleep
  • Always be learning 
  • Be humble 
  • Admit your mistakes 
  • Forgive yourself and others 
  • Be helpful 
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Live within your means 
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle 
  • Be honest 
  • Pay attention to the world around you
  • Listen to people 

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The Art of Happiness

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This is an excellent book and full of wonderful advice on how to achieve happiness in our modern world.  A few of my favorite points are listed below.

  • Happiness can be achieved through training the mind.
  • Success may result in a temporary feeling of elation, or tragedy may send us into a period of depression, but sooner or later our overall level of happiness tends to migrate back to a certain baseline.
  • Whether we are feeling happy or unhappy at any given moment often has very little to do with our absolute conditions, but rather it is a function of how we perceive our situation, how satisfied we are with what we have.
  • Our feelings of contentment are strongly influenced by our tendency to compare.
  • Greed is an exaggerated form of desire, based on over expectation.
  • The true antidote of greed is contentment.
  • Inner contentment is not to have what we want, but rather to want and appreciate what we have.
  • It is more sensible to spend energy focusing on the solution than worrying about the problem.