I know what you’re thinking here…
“I think you should stick to sharing your favorite cocktails and ironically using hashtags (so 2014 by the way – #cantstop #wontstop). This is too deep water for the likes of you.”
And you know what, I AGREE. That’s why I’m not going to be the one dishing out the advice – I’m going to be soaking it all in alongside you. I’ve found articles from several brilliant resources I want to share with you. These articles have, and I’m not joking (for once), made me a better person. I’m writing this article as much for myself, and as an archive of wisdom, as I am for you. Either way, read this stuff. It will make you a better, happier person. Or at least more informed about a couple approaches that have worked for others.
Here’s how to be a better person:
Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think, by Tim Urban – This article GETS ME – especially the me 8 years ago. And what’s even better is that everyone I have shared it with felt the same way. IT GETS US. Read this and then proceed to let go of the opinions of others. It will improve your life.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Yes, I’ve already covered this, but, like The White Stripes said, it bears repeating now…this book IS magic. You don’t have to agree with everything – but you are going to agree with something. That something is going to change you. I sleep better, have less anxiety throughout the day and am able to better focus on things that bring me joy.
Think Happy Thoughts – Remember how Peter Pan said “Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever.” Well, 10 points to Pete because I think there is some real validity to that. I keep a pin-board of quotes that I think are happy, hilarious and just generally inspiring. I look at this board at least once a week to remind myself to Be Yonce.
The BEST marriage advice – Read this when you don’t need the relationship advice, when you do need the relationship advice, when you’re married, when you’re not married yet. Just read it – over and over. And then let me know what you think.
It’s never too late to improve your story or change the way you live. Thank goodness.
“In the end, people don’t view their life as merely the average of all of its moments — which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story.”
— Atul Gawande, Being Mortal