In May of 2014, U.S. actress Sandra Bullock gave an inspiring commencement speech to a high school graduating class in New Orleans. In her speech she included her advice for a happier life. I’ve decided that Sandra’s advice make great New Year resolutions, so I will print these out and put them on the fridge to see how it affects my happiness barometer going forward. If you find item #8 too challenging to deal with, give me a call…
- Stop worrying so much. Stop being scared of the unknown because anything I worried about didn’t happen. Other stuff happened but not what I worried about. The unknown we can’t do anything about.
- Raise the bar higher. For some reason, people out there want to see you fail but that’s not your problem — that’s their problem. I only remember the moments when I tried beyond what I thought I could do, and I do not remember the failures because I didn’t. Nothing is a failure. It’s just not supposed to work out that way because something better is supposed to come along.
- You have to dance a little bit in the morning before you leave the house because it changes the way you walk.
- Eat something green every day, with every meal.
- When someone you care about hugs you, hug them back with two arms. When you hug someone with two arms, it allows you to lean on somebody and you always need someone to lean on.
- If someone doesn’t want to play with you, it’s OK. Not everyone is going to love us. Go find someone who is going to want to play with you and appreciates what you have to offer.
- Go find your joy. Whatever that is, go find your joy. Are you going to have a good day or are you going to have a great day? Because it’s completely up to you. It’s what you’re going to remember in the end. You’re not going to remember how you worried, the what-ifs, the whys, or who wronged you. It’s the joy that stays with you.
- Do not pick your nose in public. How about we just go get a tissue?