‘I’m 72 – living by 32 rules has given me a happy life’

A 72-year-old has taken to social media to share the 32 things you need to remember to live a happy life – and they don’t take much effort.

While everyone aspires to a life brimming with health and happiness, the secret to achieving such a feat isn’t common knowledge. Yet, Louie, a sprightly 72-year-old, insists that a mere 32 nuggets of wisdom are all it takes to enhance your life’s journey – and they’re hardly a chore.

Louie took to Reddit on his birthday to share his insights: “I turned 72 today. Here are 32 things I’ve learnt that I hope help you with your journey. If you’re lucky enough to get up to my age, the view becomes more clear. It may seem like nothing good is happening to you, or just the opposite. Both will probably change over time.”

He continued, revealing his zest for life and work: “I’m still working (fractionally), and posting here, because business and people are my mojo. I hope you find yours.”

Louie kicked off his advice by encouraging acts of kindness, asserting “It’s usually better to be nice than right”. He then advised being the first to offer a smile and to count your blessings during tough times.

On the professional front, Louie expressed that long hours don’t necessarily equate to productivity but rather reflect guilt. He champions pursuing passion projects, stating emphatically: “To be really successful, become useful.”, reports the Daily Record.

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Louie’s complete list reads as follows:

  • It’s usually better to be nice than right.

  • Nothing worthwhile comes easy.

  • Work on a passion project, even just 30 minutes a day. It compounds.

  • Become a lifelong learner (best tip).

  • Working from 7am to 7pm isn’t productivity. It’s guilt.

  • To be really successful become useful.

  • Like houses in need of repair, problems usually don’t fix themselves.

  • Envy is like drinking poison expecting the other person to die.

  • Don’t hold onto your “great idea” until it’s too late.

  • People aren’t thinking about you as much as you think.

  • Being grateful is a cheat sheet for happiness. (Especially today.)

  • Write your life plan with a pencil that has an eraser.

  • Choose your own path or someone will choose it for you.

  • Never say, I’ll never…

  • Not all advice is created equal.

  • Be the first one to smile.

  • The expense of something special is forgotten quickly. The experience lasts a lifetime. Do it.

  • Don’t say something to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else.

  • It’s not how much money you make. It’s how much you take home.

  • Feeling good is better than that “third” slice of pizza.

  • Who you become is more important than what you accomplish.

  • Nobody gets to their death bed and says, I’m sorry for trying so many things.

  • There are always going to be obstacles in your life. Especially if you go after big things.

  • The emptiest head rattles the loudest.

  • If you don’t let some things go, they eat you alive.

  • Try to spend 12 minutes a day in quiet reflection, meditation, or prayer.

  • Try new things. If it doesn’t work out, stop. At least you tried.

  • NEVER criticize, blame, or complain.

  • You can’t control everything. Focus on what you can control.

  • If you think you have it tough, look around.

  • It’s only over when you say it is.

  • One hand washes the other and together they get clean. Help someone else.

  • Adding to Louie’s pearls of wisdom, one user remarked: “I’m 60. And I would only add two things to this list. 1. Learn to control your expectations. Misplaced expectations cause more problems than people think. 2. Learn to control your emotions. If you don’t, someone else always will. Thank you Lou. Your effort on this list is a thing of beauty.”

    Another chimed in with their own life lessons at 47: “I’ve learned that being kind is a bit of a superpower. It’s always good to make someone else feel seen and heard. Happy birthday Louie! I hope it’s a great one.”


      Meanwhile, a third user said: “Number 18 really hit me hard, I’ve never heard that one before. I’d like to add to the list and say that it’s impossible to please everyone so don’t get too upset if someone doesn’t like you.”

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