10 Most Important Things in Life to Be Happy
By Chris Savage
What’s most important to you, in your life, right now?
If you had to prioritise 5 of the most important things in your life what would they be?
“What’s most important” and “what’s most important to you” are two different questions.
Most people throw out generic terms like “family” and “relationships”, and for you, they may well be.
But be more specific. What’s most important for you, in your life, now?
How Do You Know What’s Important ?
What you consider important comes from your values and beliefs.
You only realise how important something is for you when you have to live without it.
When something or someone gets familiar you take them for granted because they’re always there.
Some things you think you need until you don’t have them. You realise you can live without them, and life goes on.
Other things you take for granted, but when you lose them you realize just how important they are.
Health is a big one. We take our health and physical functions for granted.
But when you become seriously ill or experience a bad injury, you appreciate good health.
The same goes for people. When you lose someone you realise how important they are.
10 of the Most Important Things in Life
The absolute most important thing in your life is you.
You are the starting point for everything else.
If you haven’t got yourself together you can’t fully enjoy life and be at your potential.
Life will be full of struggle and challenge, instead of elation and victory.
When you reach a certain level of self-development and maturity your life begins.
For some people that’s in their 20’s, for others, it’s in their 50’s.
Paradoxically, to reach that point you need to go through a period of being the exact opposite.
Wisdom is realised from stupidity, success from failure, happiness, and gratitude from pain and suffering.
Self-esteem, structure, and a purpose to your day to day activities sets a solid foundation to build an amazing life.
2. Sense of Purpose
Having a purpose, or a mission is knowing who you are and what you want to accomplish.
You have a clear goal or objective that you’ve decided is important beyond all others.
All your decisions and actions will now be directed towards it.
A person with no life purpose resembles a jellyfish in the ocean, floating where the tide takes them.
People with purpose have a certain look in their eyes. They carry themselves in a certain way.
They mold the world around them to accommodate the fulfillment of their purpose.
If you don’t know your purpose, you need to find it, now.
3. Personal Development
You can always be more than who you think you are right now.
The catalyst for personal growth and development is often pain and struggle.
You get to a point when you realise no one is coming to save you. It’s not just “going to happen”.
It’s up to you to make it happen.
In hindsight, the tough times are a blessing.
They teach you things that empower you to take your life in a whole new direction.
Sometimes one new perception, one event, or one conversation can change everything.
Read good books and absorb quality information and apply what you learn to your own life.
Commit to personal excellence, whatever that means for you.
Make the decision to become your best self, and to live your best life.
4. Good Memories
At the end of your life, all you have are your memories.
Good memories come from your past experiences.
Knowing who you want to be and the type of life you want to live gives you immense clarity.
Most people have no idea who they are or what they want.
When your life has a purpose and you’re surrounded by good people, doing cool things, you’ll build up special memories that will last a lifetime.
5. Sense of Humour
People today are too serious.
They’re easily offended, and they take things too personally.
You can see the rigidness and seriousness of the people around you.
Living with a sense of humour cuts out needless stress and drama from your life.
Take notice of how many things bother you on an average day.
Are they really worth the negativity, if even for a moment?
Learn to laugh and see the funny side, and most of all to laugh at yourself.
Once you start seeing the funny side of life you’ll notice how many things there are to laugh about.
Having a sense of humour not only makes you more attractive, it also improves your the quality of your life.
6. An Optimistic Outlook
Your perception of reality becomes your reality.
If your outlook is doom and gloom then that’s what you’ll see wherever you look.
Likewise, when your outlook is optimistic you see an entirely different world.
Opportunities appear, people are more receptive to you, you like yourself more.
Lasting success is near impossible with a negative attitude.
Facing life’s challenges without optimism and a belief that everything will be ok, you won’t last long.
Being optimistic is a lifestyle choice.
Over time you reap what you sow.
7. Your Time
Your time is the most valuable asset you have. How do you invest yours?
People undervalue their time.
It’s astonishing how much you can achieve in the span of a few months when you’re focused on an outcome.
You only have a limited amount of time.
One day you’ll run out and have none left.
Money? You can make more.
Relationships? You can find another.
Time? Once it’s gone it’s gone, and you don’t get it back.
8. Your Health
You’re nothing without your health.
You can be a millionaire or a king, but if you’re confined to a hospital bed, you have nothing.
There’s a fast-food joint on every corner.
It’s easier to sit at home watching Netflix than to go to a gym.
Cigarettes and alcohol are readily available.
Products that kill you are more readily available than those that don’t.
When you have a healthy mind and body, things you once thought impossible become easily obtainable.
You live in a better state of mind.
You overcome challenges easily, your personality and outlook improve, and your self-confidence rises.
Health isn’t just about eating fruit and working out. It includes mental and spiritual health.
You need to strengthen your mind as you do your body.
If you don’t constantly stimulate it, it begins to fade.
Sooner or later our habits catch up with us.
How you treat your mind and body today determines your what your life will be like in the future.
Stay on top of your health. It’s the wisest investment you’ll ever make.
Gratitude is a powerful state to live in.
You might think you don’t have much to be grateful for.
But look around at where you live? You have a warm bed to sleep in and a full stomach.
At the most basic level be grateful you’re here.
A lot of people didn’t wake up today, their lives over. You’re still here.
You can also be grateful for your future and what’s on the way to you.
What you do and how you think today, determines who you’ll become tomorrow.
Gratitude isn’t something you talk about, it’s something you feel.
There’s always someone worse off than you.
Keep that perspective and be grateful for what you do have.
Always aim to be more, do more and have more.
10. An Ability to Take Action
Life isn’t about thinking, dreaming and wishing. Life’s about doing.
Everyone says they want more out of life.
But how many people are taking consistent action towards it?
Ideas are nothing without execution. Everyone has ideas.
It’s easy to talk about what you “want” to do or what you’re “going” to do “when”.
Forget about all that. Take action.
It doesn’t have to be giant leaps, it can be the smallest thing.
Small things, repeated daily over time, will move you towards great things.
When you know what you want and have a blueprint to get it, the only thing left is to take action.
However hard you think you’ll have to work to reach your goals, times it by ten.
Nothing worthwhile comes easy.
But when you take solid action towards a single objective nothing is too hard to accomplish.
Quotes About the Most Important Things in Life
“It is very difficult to get people to focus on the most important things when you’re in boom times” – Jeff Bezos
“The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritising your life around the most important things” – Stephen Covey
“The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say – because they were too obvious” – Andre Gide
“You have to establish in your life some sense of prioritizing things, of giving emphasis to the important things and of laying aside the unimportant things that will lead to nothing” – Gordon B. Hinckley
“Of the five most important things in life, health is first, education or knowledge is second, and wealth is third. I forget the other two” – Chuck Berry