‘Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.’
I’m not a rich man, nor am I a person having luxurious life.
And yet, I’m very happy.
The truth is, everyone can be happy. You don’t need a lot to live well — you just need the right mindset.
Here’s what I’ve learned about living well on little:
1. You should know what you are & what you want in life: It’s very important in life to know about yourself. In order to be happy, you should know what you want and should try to achieve it, with fire and passion.
2. Have Proper Attitude: It is very much necessary to have good attitude in order to succeed in life. Without that there is no life. Attitudes are innate feelings of individual’s like or dislike about an issue, topic or behavior that in our life or in our professional career determine decisively who are we, and that may be consciously encouraged, strongly improved and better expressed as a result of our education, professional career and guidance from relatives, friends and mentors. Although attitudes may be classified as positive, neutral or negative according to their effects over our sociability.
3. Never Complain: Ever complain about anything or anyone in the life. Many people have habit to complain about each and everything whenever they fail. If you fail you are responsible for it.
“Whenever you try you should try alone, if you succeed the whole world succeeds with you”
4. You need very little to be happy. In order to be happy you need small things like some simple plant food, modest shelter, a couple changes of clothes, a good book, a notebook, some meaningful work, and some loved ones.
5. Live Below Your Means: There will always be temptation to forsake the future for immediate gratification. We all want to buy that new piece of technology, treat ourselves to an expensive night on the town, or take out a loan for the flashy car we can’t afford. It might feel great at the time but rash spending hurts a lot later on.
6. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures and save as much as you can. Expensive things don’t create lasting happiness and security. Careful spending will bring you greater leisure and enjoyment in the long run.
7. Want little, and you are not poor. You can have a lot of money and possessions, but if you always want more, you are poorer than the guy who has little and wants nothing
8. Develop Lasting Personal Relationships: Suppose you had everything you wanted. Would you be happy without anyone to share it with? The personal relationships we develop with friends and family members are the greatest source of happiness in our lives. Don’t forget about them.
Taking the time to cultivate and enjoy personal relationships is essential to long term happiness. Without the relationship there is no life.
9. Focus on the present. Stop worrying about the future and holding onto the past. How much of your day is spent thinking about things other than where you are and what you’re doing, physically, at this moment? How often are we living as opposed to stuck thinking about other things? Live now and you live fully.
10. Be happy with what you have and where you are. Too often we want to be somewhere else, doing something else, with other people than whomever we’re with right now, getting things other than what we already have. But where we are is great! Who we’re with (including just ourselves) is already perfect. What we have is enough. What we’re doing already is amazing.
11. Be grateful for the small pleasures in life.Berries, a square of dark chocolate, tea — simple pleasures that are so much better than rich desserts, sugary drinks, fried foods if you learn to enjoy them fully. A good book borrowed from the library, a walk with a loved one in the park, the fine exertion of a short hard workout, the crazy things your child says, the smile of a stranger, walking barefoot on grass, a moment of quiet as the morning wakens and the world still rests. These little pleasures are living well, without needing much.
12. Be driven by joy and not fear. People are driven by the fear of missing out, or the fear of change, or the fear of losing something. These are not good reasons to do things. Instead, do things because they give you or others joy? Let your work be driven not because you need to support a lifestyle and are afraid of changing it, but by the joy of doing something creative, meaningful, valuable.
13. Practice compassion. Compassion for others creates loving, rewarding relationships.
14. Forget about productivity and numbers. They matter not at all. If you are driven to do things to reach certain numbers (goals), you have probably lost sight of what’s important. If you are striving to be productive, you are filling your days with things just to be productive, which is a waste of a day. This day is a gift, and shouldn’t be crammed with every possible thing — spend time enjoying it and what you’re doing.
Please feel free to share your story and any lessons you learned, you experienced, you came across in your life, in the comments below.