7 rules for a happy life

You only get one chance

Regardless of your religion or lack of religion, I think we can all agree that you only get one chance at life.  When you die, you’re dead.  Maybe you believe in reincarnation, but even then, it wouldn’t be “you” it would be a new reincarnation of yourself.  Or maybe you believe in an afterlife.  Even then, you only get one life here on Earth.  Maybe you don’t believe in anything.  It doesn’t matter.

No matter what you believe in, you will die at some point.  Your life will be over and you can’t go back and do it again.  So spend your time doing things that make you happy.  This is my number one priority.

We need to do whatever it is that makes us happy.  Life is too short and death is too final to spend time doing things we don’t like.

This doesn’t necessarily mean quit your job and be a bum.  That probably wouldn’t make you happy.  Unfortunately, we need to have jobs to make enough money to do the things that we want to do.

Whatever it is that you want to do, make sure it makes you happy.  If you love working in a cubicle, that’s great.  If you hate it, make sure that you are doing something else that you love on the side.  Maybe you are just doing it so you can afford your true passions.  That’s fine too.  Just make sure that you are doing the things that make you happy.

7 rules for a happy life

Do stuff – This one is self explanatory.  Do whatever it is that makes you happy.  Stop doing things that make you unhappy.  This is the number one rule to live by.

It doesn’t matter what it is.  Maybe you want to travel the world.  Maybe you want to raise a family.  Maybe you want to read comic books all day.  It doesn’t matter, just do it.  It is way easier to look back on life and say, “jeez I wish I wouldn’t have done that” than it is to say, “jeez I wish I would have done that”.

You won’t regret your actions nearly as much as you will regret your inaction.

Stay healthy – Eat well.  Stop smoking.  Sit as little as possible.  Exercise.  Don’t drink too much or do a lot of drugs.  Staying healthy may not guarantee that you’ll live a longer and happier life, but it will certainly help.

Being healthy may make the difference between living to 70 and living to 100.  It might keep you walking till the end too.  It will also make your life easier and better.  You won’t spend as much time in hospitals and being sick.  You’ll avoid taking lots of medications.

Don’t waste your money – Just about everything costs money.  You have to work for that money to buy things.  We need to stop spending money on things we don’t need.

Spend your money on what makes you happy.  Personally, I like to travel.  I rarely buy myself new clothes and electronics because I want to put more money toward travel.

You aren’t a billionaire.  You can’t have everything in life.  Make some decisions on what to spend your money on.  Plus you can work less if you spend less.

Don’t get into debt – This goes along with not wasting your money.  I wanted to do separate section for it though.  Not only is this a waste of money every month, but it makes you very unhappy.  Debt weighs on your mind constantly and will drive you crazy.

Sometimes debt is needed like in buying a house, but most of the time it can be avoided.  The less money you owe, the less you have to make.  The less money you have to make, the less you have to work.

Debt is worse than wasting your money.  At least if you blow all of your money, you’re only back to zero.  If you get into debt, you’re negative and have to work just to pay it back.

Stand up for yourself – If you hate your job, do something about it.  Work it out with your boss or quit.  Don’t let your family, friends, or significant other walk all over you.  Don’t let people hurt you.

The idea here is to stop putting up with things you don’t like.  You might think that it’s “noble” or “honorable” to bite the bullet and put up with something your whole life.  It’s not.  In the end you die and nobody will remember you in 100 years.  So who cares?  Stop putting up with garbage.

Try new things – Travel.  Try new food.  Go skydiving.  Dance.  Try new things.  Never decide that you won’t like something before you’ve even tried it.  I’ve seen too many people do this.

You can’t know what you like until you try it.  Also, stop reading about it and listening to the opinions of others.  Try it out for yourself and make your own opinion.

Stop caring about what others think – This is the most important thing on the list.  Don’t do anything to impress anyone else.  Do things only for yourself.

It may sound selfish, but it’s not.  We get at most about 100 years in life.  In the end, the only thing that matters is that we’re happy.  So be selfish.  Do things that make you happy.  Obviously, don’t do things that hurt others or make others unhappy.

Really most people don’t even care what you do.  Everyone is so caught up in their own lives that they don’t even notice.  So stop worrying about what others will think about you.  Just do what you enjoy and be happy.

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