The world in general can be a dim place. However, here are eight keys to making life better.
Key one – Learn new skills. Education and training are a part of life. Do not embrace the “I am stuck” mentality. You can teach old dogs new tricks.
Education does not necessarily mean college, although it could. There are many trades you can learn today via self-study. Community college and vocational schools also offer a lot of learning opportunities you can complete in less than a year.
Key two – Live healthily. A long life is never guaranteed no matter what we do. We can at least do our part by not being stupid. Daily activity and cutting back on food portions are important.
Eliminate smoking and drink only in moderation. From Halloween until New Year’s Eve is a big health mess-up period for many. So now is the time to beware.
Key three – Save money. This is very difficult to do if you are living on a meager income. Even putting a few dollars away each week or month might save you when an emergency arises.
Having a little money on hand to pay cash for something instead of using credit will be a relief.
Key four – Live enjoyably. Allow yourself to do something every day that you can really get into. This could be simply reading, listening to music or one of a myriad of hobbies.
Enjoy your life.
Key five – Have a plan. Work toward something. Have something to look forward to. Involve your mind in a project or projects that keep you focused each day on moving forward toward accomplishing something.
This could be as easy as cleaning out the garage or making a quilt. Have something you are doing today and tomorrow.
Key six – Stay bright on the inside. Don’t be negative or bitter about life. Allow yourself to laugh. Enjoy some humor along the way.
Key seven – Maintain real relationships. You need a friend or two. Close relationships whether they are family or friends give us real people to share life with. You probably aren’t going to find these on social media.
Be careful of too many, though, because a person with too many friends will soon come to ruin.
Key eight – Always vote. Sounds out of place in this column but it’s a major factor in bringing about community and society change, which impacts your life greatly.
So there you have it. There is never one silver bullet for making our lives happy.
We can’t depend on the government or even other people to make us happy. We have to take responsibility for ourselves and do the best we can with the lives we have been handed.
Glenn Mollette is an American author whose syndicated column is read in all 50 states.