12 Rules for Life

Megan McArdle is a Bloomberg columnist who usually writes on the intersection of economics and politics.

On her 45th b-day, she penned her retrospective ‘12 Rules for Life’

A couple of her rules really resonated with me, starting with:

1. Be kind. Mean is easy; kind is hard. Making yourself feel bigger by making someone else feel small takes so little skill that 12-year-olds can do it.

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Here are the rest of my favorites, a link to the complete list, and a reason for the picture (#11) …

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2. Politics is not the most important thing in the world. Very few of the things that irritate you or bring you joy have anything to do with the government. So keep some perspective about politics.

5. Go to the party even when you don’t want to. Nine times in 10, you’ll be bored and go home early. But the 10th time, you will have a worthy experience or meet an interesting person. That more than redeems those other wasted hours.

7. Don’t just pay people compliments; give them living eulogies. Tell them exactly how great they are, in how many ways. Don’t wait until it’s too late and they can’t hear you.

8. Do it now. You know, that thing you kinda want to do someday? Don’t wait until you have the time to really relax and enjoy it. That will be approximately three decades from now, and it’s highly possible you won’t be able to enjoy it.

9. Cynicism is radically incomplete. Human beings are often splendid … filled with kindness, charity and love. Believe in that.

11. Be grateful. No matter how awful your life seems at the moment, you have something to be grateful for. Focus on the good things with the laser-like, single-minded devotion of a dog eyeing a hamburger.

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For the complete list see McArdle’s ‘12 Rules for Life’
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