The following are some of my thoughts about living a better life. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, multiple sclerosis (MS). This diagnosis brought on my thoughts aboutlife, how and if I could live the life I wanted to live, and whether I would be able to live a good life. Thinking about these ideas made me realise the best way to live a better life would be to think honestly about what made me happy, and what good things I already had in my life that went toward making my life a good one.
I hope those who read this article will think about their own lives in a similar way. Thinking about what we want can seem greedy, but I believe that unless we know what truly makes us happy, we may never able to be happy.
There are three things that are almost guaranteed to make me happy. They are these:
Even if your life isn’t wonderful, act like it is.
Every now and then ask yourself, ‘How can I help people?’
Smile at strangers, especially babies. A smile from a baby is a precious gift.
Helping with no thought of reward is a reward itself.
Every now and then, go outside and just ‘be’ with the sky.
If you see someone looking lovely, tell them.
If someone offers you a compliment, just smile and say ‘Thank you’.
Try to look at things through the other person’s eyes.
Never complain unless you’re prepared to help make it better.
Assume everybody is at least as nice as you are.
Try to make your best behaviour your only behaviour.
Bad things are lessons in life, embrace them and learn.
If you have nothing to do, do nothing. It is a gift.
There are no problems, only challenges and chances to learn.