Are there some reliable ways to be happy with your life?

Focus on relationships. We are social creatures. No one lying on their death bed ever wished they had worked harder. Many people lying on their death be will say something like, “I wished I had told my father I loved him before he died.”

Find things that bring meaning to your life. It could be a hobby or volunteering for an organization that you are passionate about.

Find a job you enjoy. You will spend much of your life working. You might as well enjoy it.

Money helps, but is not everything. I am happier as a poor retiree than I was as an engineer making good money.

There was a study done at Princeton that says up to $75k, more money makes you happier. Beyond $75k, it doesn’t. Here is a Time magazine article about the study: Do We Need $75,000 a Year to Be Happy?

I will end with a diagram of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for you to ponder.

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©2016 Stephen L. Martin

Photo: Abraham Maslow

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