Greg White has all the answers to living the good life: all ten of them.
- Be kind to strangers: Pick up a dropped quarter, find the owner or at least someone more deserving. Carry some old man’s groceries.
- Be kind to the planet: Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth, don’t flush your home toilet every time you pee, don’t buy little plastic bottles of water. Buy locally grown vegetables.
- Be a better lover: Constantly surprise your mate. Make dinner. Do that tedious sex act they like. Take an errand away from them.
- Read: Facebook is noise. Use it to tell your friends that your puppy just shit the quarter you thought you lost, then log off and read Mark Twain’s autobiography.
- Be kind to yourself: Take five deep breaths three times a day. Do it with a friend. Don’t close your eyes.
- Stop saying “no problem”: Unless it’s a problem. If you sell coffee and I’m ordering a coffee, say “my pleasure” because it isn’t a problem. Darfur is a problem.
- Stop buying crap: Put a condom on your debit card. If you do buy something, wait a minute, wait an hour, and use a credit card that earns miles so you can fly away. Pass garage sales by—if they don’t want it, you don’t want it.
- Listen: Call your dad and ask what’s different about today than when he was your age. Volunteer to serve meals at a hospice or retirement home and then sit with the residents, or staff, and hear their amazing journey.
- Learn: Go back to college, take French lessons at a library, or cook with your grandmother to find out her meatball recipe before she dies.
- Never say you’re bored: Because you’re not: you’re lazy. Get up, get out and do any of the above. If you’re still bored, close your eyes and call it meditation.
- Live in the moment: If you’re reading a list of 10 and suddenly there’s an 11, enjoy the moment. Then move on.
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