20 important questions in life: 18

Pause for thought…

The whole object of this exercise is that you ruthlessly focus on your life and discover what’s best for you – instead of all the other people around you.

However, there’s a paradoxical aspect to making yourself happy: that often we are happiest making other people happy. Giving your time and energy to help others is enormously gratifying, and there is probably no greater recipe for unhappiness than a selfish life that’s all about ME, ME, ME!

You may find the above hard to believe because you are happy being selfish…but I assure you: the dissatisfaction will creep in eventually. Why? Humans and primates are intensely social animals and favours, commitments and reciprocity is a fundamental part of our nature.  So let me ask you…

How many people did you willingly help last week?

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