Jeremy’s rules for a better life

OK, so this was originally posted in my private journal, but I sent it around to a few friends and they seemed to enjoy it, so here we are.

Please note that I am certainly not attempting to take credit for these concepts, as they’ve been stolen from various bits of psychology, spirituality and the like. They are simply a list of 10 rules that I’ve tried to follow and have found to be very helpful in decreasing my stress levels and enjoying my life more.

I’d love to hear any feedback from the (literally) DOZENS of people reading.

So without further ado, here’s the list.

  1. You get back from the world what you put out into the world.
  2. Get everything out of your head (write it down, say it out loud, sing it)
  3. When presented with new opportunities, say yes more than you say no
  4. Avoid attention whores and emotional vampires, they are people with nothing to offer.
  5. Pay regular conscious attention to how you are treating yourself. If it’s not at least as good as your closest friend, do something about it.
  6. Ask for what you want, when the worst response is a “no”
  7. Spoil yourself when you can, but remember that material goods are background noise in a fulfilling life.
  8. When you feel down, sit down and make a list of the good things that have happened to you in the last week. “There haven’t been any” is not an acceptable answer.
  9. Don’t stress what you can’t control. Ever.
  10. You can’t change other people; all you can do is be the kind of person that other people want to change in order to be.

[Update 1/27: Some other good/duplicate ideas at Hack Yourself]

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Mark

Certainly not a bad place to start and good food for thought. Well done…
.-= Mark´s last blog ..the things we think we know =-.

leandra

Needed these reminders.

leandra’s last blog post..Goodness in the blogosphere…

Starr

Jeremy….you are AWESOME! I literally printed this and it’s up on my bathroom wall at home!

Phil Rossi

“3. When presented with new opportunities, say yes more than you say no”

This one resonated in particular. In the past, I’ve always made excuses not to do things, rather than just taking the chance and doing it. If that makes any sense at all.

Jeremy Meyers

Yeah I definitely do that too, which is why i phrased it specifically so it wouldn’t require a major life change to impove.

Every time I show this list to people, they have their own personal favorites. They haven’t, as of yet, had any overlap.

[…] Also: Jeremy’s Rules For A Better Life Share and […]

Mark

Certainly not a bad place to start and good food for thought. Well done…
.-= Mark´s last blog ..the things we think we know =-.

leandra

Needed these reminders.

leandra’s last blog post..Goodness in the blogosphere…

[…] takes time and requires patience and courage. I have more of that than I think I do. See Also: Jeremy’s Rules For A Better Life Share and […]

Starr

Jeremy….you are AWESOME! I literally printed this and it’s up on my bathroom wall at home!

Phil Rossi

“3. When presented with new opportunities, say yes more than you say no”

This one resonated in particular. In the past, I’ve always made excuses not to do things, rather than just taking the chance and doing it. If that makes any sense at all.

Jeremy

Yeah I definitely do that too, which is why i phrased it specifically so it wouldn’t require a major life change to impove.

Every time I show this list to people, they have their own personal favorites. They haven’t, as of yet, had any overlap.

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