Life Hacks: 6 Simple Principles to Living a Happy Life
As I navigate through what sometimes seems to be the overly complex hustle and bustle of life , I am reminded that I often WAY overthink some things. It is amazing how children, with so much less life experience, can often bring adults back to basics.
While cleaning the house one day I came into the play room to find a paper thumb tacked to the wall with six self-created “rules” my six year old daughter made for herself. While I was slightly annoyed at the random thumb tack and new hole in my wall, I couldn’t help but smile. I was so proud that my young daughter, in her infinite wisdom, not only has her own guiding principles but the fact they are actually pretty solid! They were a great reminder of 6 simple principles we can all live by for a happy life.
1. Be friends- Some of the best experiences in life come from having good friends and being a good friend. Be the kind of person you want to attract in your life. As often said, a friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
2. Be nice- It’s quite simple, be a nice person and treat others how you want to be treated. It’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice!
3. Do not be rude -“If you are rude, cynical, habitually-sarcastic or pessimistic, your life options are going to be very limited.” -Bryant McGill
4. Try to be easy- (I’m going to assume my daughter meant easy going…otherwise we definitely need to have a talk. J ) So much of life and success is about relationships and the more pleasant you are and easy to get along with, the better your relationships will be. Don’t be the difficult one that nobody wants to be with or work with!
5. Don’t be too loud- You don’t have to be the loudest person in the room to make a statement or to be heard. Speak your mind and speak the truth but know how and when to speak up and when to keep your mouth shut. As Sri Sathya Sai Baba says “Before you speak, think -Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence?”
6. And have fun- Life really is all about the experience so make the best of it. Work hard, have fun, and make a difference. None of us are getting out alive in the end so we might as well have a blast on the ride!
An old quote by Angela Schwindt says it best: “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” I’m so thankful to have a daughter that keeps me grounded and provides constant reminders that life doesn’t have to be nearly as complex and difficult as we adults tend to make it.