How Do You Live a Good Life?

What a big question. The greatest brains of mankind have been pondering this controversial question for millenia, hundreds and thousands of books have been written about it, yet it was me who finally came up with the answer!

Joke, i didn’t. But i found something simple, yet profound, what i want to share with you. What do i mean by a “good life”? A life where you can lie on your deathbed, without regret, knowing that you didn’t waste your precious time on this earth. A life were you actualized your whole potential as a human being. The question “how do you live a good life” is such a big, all encompassing thing, you don’t even know where to even start. That’s why it is useful, to break it down into bite-size chunks. Here is a (uncomplete) list of the facets, that make up a good life.

Before you go over the list, i want you to get present in this moment.

Breath three long breaths.

Now, go over the list and choose the 5 facets that resonate the most with you. Take atleast 3 minute for each of those, and assess yourself honestly. Take notes. How well are you doing in this part of life? Where do you see yourself on a scale of 1 to 10? Is there room for improvement? How would an improvement in this area feel? What is hindering your growth?

Here is the list:

  • Kindness toward ourselves
  • Kindness toward others, both humans and non-humans
  • Ability to set and respect reasonable boundaries
  • Spoken communication ability
  • Ability to skillfully support ourselves
  • Ability to skillfully support others
  • Generosity
  • Patience
  • Gratitude
  • Persistence
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Dedication to service
  • Ability to pace ourselves to work up to our potential without burning out
  • Support of physical health (which we might break down further into diet, exercise, sleep, etc.)
  • Academic development
  • Intellectual understanding of models of healthy human development
  • Emotional maturity
  • Development of ethics
  • Sense of humor
  • Intellectual curiosity/enjoyment of learning
  • Common sense
  • Skillful relationships with people
  • Skillful relationships to mind-altering substances
  • Skillful relationship to power
  • Skillful relationship to sexuality
  • Skillful relationship to money and possessions
  • Skillful relationship to politics
  • Skillful relationship to our spiritual achievements and less developed areas

Do you see it? There is SO MUCH room for improvement and growth! Great! Don’t take this the wrong way, this is not something to get depressed about. This assessment is not here to show you your imperfection. It shows you, how much better your life can get!

Did you ever wonder, what to do with your life?

Here is the answer. Become the best version of yourself! You don’t have be mediocre. You are not stuck forever with the life and personality you have right now. Everything can change, if you work hard on yourself.

You don’t have to do, what everybody else is doing! Master as many areas of life as possible! This is can be your life’s purpose. It will have meaning. You will never be bored again. Granted, it will be challenging as hell, but imagine the results!

You will be overflowing with happiness and joy.

Start today, go on this journey! This is what you are here for!

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  1. Indeed “How did you learn to live a good life?” ist THE fundamental question. The list in your post gives a lot of facets which might contribute to live a good life. I myself am pretty much sure that the question can be even better handled if you include the simple fact, that we are all going to die sooner or later.
    Let me put it that way:
    You might have an argument with your boss about him not paying you enough money or recognition. Is this important for your life? In a way it certainly is. Money and a good position give you more possibilities to act, more freedom to shape things. But thinking about the possibility that you might be dead in a week, a month, a year, is the argument really that important? Or might it be more worthwhile to invest the time and energy in a good day with your family.
    Maybe it’s more rewarding to try to solve a long standing conflict with a person you love where until now your EGO was blocking a positive development.
    My personal impression after having seen hundreds of people die from accidents, cancer, heart attacs, lung diseases very few things REALLY matter in MY life:
    – First of all the relationship to my closest family
    – My professional skills to help others – they certainly can be improved
    – Exploring the evil, brutal, awful, wonderful, beautiful, incomprehensible world we live in.
    – To find the right balance between humility and self confidence
    – If I’m lucky to get a bit more spiritual insight into the chaos of mind and matter

    This is not to say, that eating a good meal, driving a car through a sunny autumn afternoon, laughing over stupid political incorrect jokes, running over the tennis court as if chased by furies isn’t fun. It certainly is and should be enjoyed – every second of it!
    But the “memento mori” helps me unvaluable to set the priorities when it comes to arguing with the boss and other farts in the wind.

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