In Taking Responsibility: Self-Reliance and the Accountable Life Dr. Nathaniel Branden defines happy people as people that process their experiences so that, as quickly as possible, positives are held in the foreground of conciousness and negatives are consigned to the background. He offers us to begin each day with two questions:
- What’s good in my life?
- What needs to be done?
Hours of thought by the team at the School of Life have led them to a 60 second film, summarising a lot of what they know about satisfaction.
1. Stop being so hopeful.
2. Stop ranting about how awful other people are.
3. Think of death a lot.
4. Laugh at yourself.
5. Make regular appointments to talk with someone you don’t spend enough time.
6. Stop trying to make yourself happier.
7. Look at yourself as a differently ISS 240 miles above the Earth.
8. Throw your phone off a cliff for a bit.
9. Give up on the idea that you should be normal.
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