A Happiness Journey

the 40 rules for Life

1 – Tell the truth.

2 – Do not do things that you hate.

3 – Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act.

4 – Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.

5 – If you have to choose, be the one who does things, instead of the one who is seen to do things.

6 – Pay attention.

7 – Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you need to know. Listen to them hard enough so that they will share it with you.

8 – Plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationships.

9 – Be careful who you share good news with.

10 – Be careful who you share bad news with.

11 – Make at least one thing better every single place you go.

12 – Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that.

13 – Do not allow yourself to become arrogant or resentful.

14 – Try to make one room in your house as beautiful as possible.

15 – Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.

16 – Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.

17 – If old memories still make you cry, write them down carefully and completely.

18 – Maintain your connections with people.

19 – Do not carelessly denigrate social institutions or artistic achievement.

20 – Treat yourself as if you were someone that you are responsible for helping.

21 – Ask someone to do you a small favour, so that he or she can ask you to do one in the future.

22 – Make friends with people who want the best for you.

23 – Do not try to rescue someone who does not want to be rescued, and be very careful about rescuing someone who does.

24 – Nothing well done is insignificant.

25 – Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.

26 – Dress like the person you want to be.

27 – Be precise in your speech.

28 – Stand up straight with your shoulders back.

29 – Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way — and don’t do unnecessarily dangerous things.

30 – Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.

31 – Do not transform your wife into a maid.

32 – Do not hide unwanted things in the fog.

33 – Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated.

34 – Read something written by someone great.

35 – Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.

36 – Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.

37 – Don’t let bullies get away with it.

38 – Write a letter to the government if you see something that needs fixing — and propose a solution.

39 – Remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already know.

40 – Be grateful in spite of your suffering.

These were the 40 rules referenced by Dr. Jordan Peterson


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