Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~ Marcus Aurelius
The ancient wisdom is true: Happiness is not something you seek, but something you become.
In fact, chasing happiness is most likely going to make you unhappy. And contrary to popular belief, success doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness — but oddly enough, happiness often results in success.
So is happiness just a matter of fate? Not at all … you can actively engage in activities that help you become happy. That’s because happiness comes from doing things that are challenging, meaningful, and worthwhile.
It’s all about relationships, fulfilling work, enjoyable hobbies, a healthy lifestyle, designing your personal space, and developing a personal life philosophy. In other words, a bunch of stuff you can focus on without worrying about being happy, which results in …
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Take It To Heart
This is incredibly encouraging to your 50-year-old editor of Further: “We took these 50-year-old hearts and turned the clock back to 30- or 35-year-old hearts.”
The Simple Life
Looking back, every time I failed to maintain my health and fitness goals, it was due in part to trying to make things too complicated. Now I keep things simple, and it not only works, it sticks.
“Plant-based” is the re-branding of veganism. That’s a shame, because plants are the foundation of my diet, although I also eat cheese, eggs, and fish — which leaves me with “lacto ovo pescatarian.” Sexy!
Define Your Life
This may seem like an odd little local article for an issue of Further, but it so perfectly illustrates the value of intrinsic motivation over external rewards. In other words, do work that is meaningful to you, and you might end up in a happier place to grow from.
One of the unexpected byproducts of the renaissance of America’s midsize cities has been the emergence of a fresh crop of lovely little towns that have undergone appealing makeovers that make them ideal for a weekend excursion. Here are 10 of the best new contenders to American small-town greatness.
When we feel bad in relation to a task at hand, we’re more likely to procrastinate just to feel better. If you’re more prone than others to anxiety and depression as well as negative repetitive thoughts, you likely struggle with procrastination quite a bit.
According to the author of this piece, taking two short “power naps” every day made it easier to focus, but it was important to nap the right way. If the right way includes actually falling to sleep, I guess I’m out.
Make It Up On Volume
Measuring a person’s integrity or cognitive ability are predictive indicators of success. But integrity and cognitive ability are fluid, not fixed. They can be changed, and in radical ways with the right influence and behavior.
What’s the Worst That Can Happen?
The Stoics believed that by imagining the worst case scenario ahead of time, they could overcome their fears of negative experiences and make better plans to prevent them. This way of thinking, in which you consider the opposite of what you want, is known as inversion, and it can help you become a great thinker.
Expand Your Thinking
To survive in an environment of constant stimulation and rapid change, elastic thinking is essential. Fortunately, we already have the ability. We just need to give ourselves the chance to use it.
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