After participating in Professor Schwartz’s AMA early last week, I decided to write down 3 Tips for a Happier life. While isn’t intended to be a comprehensive list by any means these are three key points I took away from his AMA, that I feel could be beneficial in day to day life.
“Good enough” is almost always good enough
While the pursuit of the very best in our lives may lead to an objectively better outcome, it can often leave us wondering, “did I make the right choice?” “What I have is great but could another option have been better?” This kind of thinking leads to people feeling less satisfied with their current situations than they would be if they had fewer options. For this reason, its good to always look for things that are good enough for your standards, not necessarily the very best. When all you want to to be good enough, you’ll typically see yourself in a better light. Which brings me to my next point.
Lower expectations lead to lower disappointment.
This isn’t to be confused with setting our sights low and not trying as hard, objectively. On the contrary, we need to work hard without expecting the world in return. That way the return comes as somewhat of a surprise, and we aren’t disappointed when things don’t turn out quite as you planned.
Meaningful work is more fulfilling than work that only serves to provide monetary gain.
This one is easy. It’s not just enough to go to work, make money, and come home. If you’re unhappy at the workplace, you’re going to bring that unhappiness back to the home with you. And that doesn’t help anyone. It’s important to find work in life that we can feel good about, work that matters to us and makes a difference in the lives of others. If the only thing you get out of your job is money, you’re not going to have a good time.
Like I said in the introductory paragraph, this is by no means a comprehensive list. In reality, we all have our problems to deal with and face a unique set of challenges in our day to day lives. This list can help you think about things in a different light and help you see life for what it is.