good life

Today I broke down. Today I reduced myself to the tragedy I once was. Today I needed someone, but I wanted no one. Today I screamed and cried and drowned myself in doubt. Today I lost it. Today was devastating, but only today. That’s the psychotic side of life that keeps me engaged. Despite today, tomorrow I will wake up, poor myself a cup of coffee, watch the sunrise, and pry open my heart. Tomorrow could be the best day of my life, and that’s why I’m still here today.
—  Today Will End Eventually
  • People around me:"You should focus on your career! You should focus on making money so you can retire! You should be on the lookout for a beautiful woman to put a ring on! You should see the world before you die! You should buy a big house! A nice car! A hot tub! Why aren't you going for that PhD yet???"
  • Me:"I just want to live a good life by making proper use of my judgements. Is that really so unreasonable?"

I have previously asked you guys what are some good methods for living a good life and I received very inspiring suggestions. Hence I have organised them a bit in order to share with you all what I’ve got so as to promote positivity and encourage everyone here.

Being positive

  • Enjoying the little beautiful moments of your day and focus on the present and yourself (@studyingpotatos)
  • Finding joy in the small thing. (@periculaludus​)
  • Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones (by @vvasup)

When facing challenges

  • Staying positive and motivated even in the face of adversity (@shae-oaks​)
  • Being able to accept that some stuff will be out of your control. (@studying-with-bri​)
  • Never giving up on yourself no matter the circumstances (@foldedblossoms​)

Self-actualisation and personal growth

  • Knowing that we can grow much much more and continuously improve to be better persons (@theempresskaizer​)
  • Allowing room for personal growth and knowing that the current situation is not the final destination (@studying-with-bri)
  • Making your own decisions based on your opinions and views (@studywannabe)
  • Having a schedule that you can stick to but it also challenges you to try new things everyday (@pandapanda101​)
  • Being kind to yourself, and being mindful of your thoughts, emotions, & actions (@joshondadrooms​)

Care for others

  • Being mindful as much as possible of things around us and appreciating things more (@theempresskaizer)
  • Balancing your needs with other’s needs, and striving to do the best you can for yourself and others (@shae-oaks)
  • Cultivating positive thoughts about everyone you see. It’s easy to be judgmental & negative but it feels great to have genuinely kind thoughts towards others. (@joshondadrooms)

In a new edition of Bertrand Russell’s 1932 essay, In Praise of Idleness, Australian humourist Bradley Trevor Greive has reimagined some of his finest aphorisms for a good life.

(The Guardian)