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10 Tenets to a Better Life

It’s a very simple title for a blog post that deals with something that’s not so simple at all; ideally, life should be simple and easy, yet we tend to make it complicated by wanting more than we have, by never being content and satisfied, and by refusing to accept things are they are. When we talk of a better life, the comparison is not to the lives of others, but to our own existence – we must strive to make good become better, and better become the best. The improvement we must seek is not along monetary, material or professional lines, but rather on the enrichment of the soul. And to this end, here are ten tenets to a better and more fulfilling life:

  1. 1. Expect little, do more – it’s hard to put into practice initially, but when you strive to bring down your expectations and experience the happiness you get from doing things for the people you love, it becomes easier.
  2. 2. It’s better to walk away from an argument or a fight than to speak harsh words which you could regret later and which could lead to the destruction of valuable relationships.
  3. 3. People are more valuable than possessions – remember this the next time your child spills coffee inadvertently on your fancy shirt just as you’re leaving for work and you’re tempted to punish them for it.
  4. 4. Find the strength to remove yourself from relationships that are destructive and which leave you drained of all happiness and joy.
  5. 5. Don’t hesitate to go the extra mile for the people who really matter in your life.
  6. 6. If you have the chance to be the bigger person in any situation, don’t hesitate to be so. And while you’re at it, don’t expect accolades for giving in or expect the other person to acknowledge your sacrifice or the fact that you swallowed your ego to give in to their wishes.
  7. 7. Work is important, but family and friends are much more important – you can find another job, but when you destroy relationships, they can never go back to being what they were.
  8. 8. Live your life with some discipline – when you have some amount of self-control, you feel good about yourself.
  9. 9. Set examples for your children by leading a life that you want them to emulate – they become who they are because of you and your relationship with them.
  10. 10.  And most important of all, don’t neglect to care for your soul; just as you eat healthy food and exercise to nourish your body, engage yourself in healthy activities, relationships and emotions nourish your soul.