In "", Paul Graham talks about the 5 priorities he has adopted in order to minimize regrets. These are:
Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.
The last one, "be happy", stuck out to me because it may seem like being happy is a RESULT of following the other 4 things (or other things in your life). I don't think that's how it works, and I'm glad it was included.
I think that, more often than not, being happy requires choosing to be happy. There are far too many unplanned moments in life where, even if you've followed the other four rules, you will not be happy unless you actively choose to make lemonade out of your lemons.
Its something I definitely need to work on.
April 2012. A palliative care nurse called Bronnie Ware made a list of the biggest regrets of the dying. Her list seems plausible. I could see myself—can see myself—making at least 4 of these 5 mistak...