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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Four Practices and Three Behaviors for Unhappy Life

I just finished reading a fantastic book, Damn Right! It is about the life of one of my heroes, Charlie Munger. Since the search of happiness is causing a lot of misery in the world, I am writing this post to share Munger's four simple practices for a happy life. In most cases, the best way to solve a problem is to invert it. So, looking at the problem in reverse, the four things that would ensure an unhappy life are:  

1. Be unreliable 

2. Learn everything from your own experience rather than learning from others

3. Give up trying after your first, second, or third reverse of fortune

4. Give in to fuzzy thinking 

Munger further shares Johnny Carson's speech explaining three things a person should do to ensure a miserable life. These are: 

1. Ingesting chemicals in an effort to alter mood or perception 

2. Allowing oneself to indulge in envy

3. Wallow in resentment 

If you just don't exhibit the Carson's three behaviors and don't follow Munger's four practices then the chances of your life being happy are very high. To see attitudes for happy life by Munger, click here