20 Ways to be Happy

We collected these aphorisms from a few places and got 40 rather than the advertised 20. Then we had a look at them and noticed many similarities.

So we’ve put them all here and invite you to consider if the one in the left hand column is equivalent to the one in the right hand column.

  1. Dream big
  2. Be kind to unkind people
  3. Accept what can’t be changed
  4. Go an entire day without criticising anyone
  5. Eat well
  6. Meditate
  7. Exercise
  8. Never make excuses nor blame others
  9. Avoid social comparison
  10. Choose optimists as friends
  11. Listen more; talk less
  12. Strive for excellence, not perfection
  13. Realise and accept that life isn’t fair
  14. Reduce clutter
  15. See problems as challenges
  16. Live beneath your means
  17. Be grateful
  18. Speak well of others
  19. Be in complete control of your life
  20. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff
  1. Never seek approval
  2. Do something nice and try not to get caught
  3. Don’t hold grudges
  4. Be kind to people
  5. Learn from the present
  6. Be present
  7. Every day take a 30-minute walk
  8. Wake up at the same time
  9. Let someone cut ahead of you in the queue
  10. Cultivate good manners
  11. Be humble
  12. Try to change for the better
  13. Admit it when you make a mistake
  14. Get organised
  15. Be on time
  16. Return everything you borrow
  17. Don’t make excuses
  18. Don’t argue
  19. Tell the truth
  20. Know when to keep your mouth shut