125 Very Simple Rules for a Happy Life

You can’t apply them all… but you can try

Adrien Book

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September is here again. It is a time of new beginnings for millions of students throughout the world; children and young adults often in need of guidance. It should also be a time of introspection for those of us in the workforce. Do we have the right goals? Have we made the right choices? Are we as happy as we’d like to be?

To help the process of introspection, I have written, in no particular order, 125 pieces of advice on how to best get through the year as a happy, well-balanced human being. God knows we need those. The top 10 are bolded.

  1. Be on time
  2. Keep your word
  3. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly
  4. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room
  5. All dogs are the best dog in the world. Pet that dog. Go on
  6. Don’t cling to a mistake because you spent a lot of time making it
  7. If life shuts a door, open it again. It’s a door. That’s how they work
  8. Don’t send nudes using non-encrypted platforms
  9. Don’t underestimate the role of luck in life. Not all success is due to hard work, and not all poverty is due to laziness
  10. When someone tells you you’ve hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t
  11. Thank the cook before Instagramming the food
  12. When it comes to investing, boring is sexy
  13. A gun is always loaded
  14. In a crisis, all correlations go to 1
  15. Love always takes work, but it should never take suffering
  16. You don’t buy beer, you rent it
  17. Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time — they’re different processes
  18. Always sit at the bar — being on a first name basis with a good bartender is one of life’s rare pleasures
  19. Money won’t make you happy — but it’s more fun to cry in a BMW than on bike
  20. Compounding is the strongest force in the Universe — use it to your advantage in love, friendship and finance
  21. Return to the mean is…

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Adrien Book

Strategy Consultant | Tech writer | Somewhat French