What makes for a good life? Well, I don’t have all the answers, but I do know that a well rounded life is better than a life “out of balance.” For example, all work and no play is bad. Likewise all play and no work is not the ideal life. So, as I see it, when it comes to living well, it is better to put each of your eggs in different baskets rather than all of your eggs in one basket. Some of each thing is better than all of just one thing. Here is a list I came up of things that I value and I believe should go into making a good life.
You need some fun and excitement in your life.
You need some love in your life.
You need some friendship in your life.
You need some stability and routine in your life.
You need some rest in your life.
You need some work in your life.
You need some hobbies and entertainment in your life.
You need some challenge and growth in your life.
Did I forget anything? I am sure this is not a comprehensive list of the features of a good, well rounded life. But it is a start. I encourage you to come up with some things that are important to you that you want to incorporate in your life. Share them in the comments.
Don’t turn into a cynic.
Daily life is happiness to me.
You can’t enjoy pleasure because it’s always accompanied by pressure.
Don’t allow yourself to be idle.
Stand for something.
Embrace your nature. (Gretchen Rubin)
No guts no glory (folk)
Try really hard.
If you can take the blame people will give you the responsibility. (Gretchen Rubin)
Often times we say “I want to change my life.” And that is a good idea; there is nothing wrong with making small improvements to your life. The problem is when we want to reject the life we have, and start a new one. Starting a new life is very hard to do, or in fact, perhaps not possible at all. Thus, whenever you feel depressed about your life, I think it’s better to say: “I don’t want to change my life. I want to like the life I have!” That is the right attitude.
You slack you suffer. To prevent further suffering stop slacking!
Everything in its own good time.
Nothing is punished as severely as choosing one’s friends by others’ eyes. (R W Emerson)
Everything in moderation. (the oracle of Delphi)
Life on easy street is as dangerous as life in the jungle.
When you forgive, you win.
Independence is gained not granted.
Rome was not built in a day, but Rome was built everyday.
Step outside your comfort zone. (folk)
Don’t expect your whole day to be good but if your whole day is bad then you’ve got a problem.