Over at 43Folders last week, Merlin posted a story about Stefan Sagmeister and a speech that was given at the TED conference. In this speech, Stefan puts forth a list of items that he has collected over time. He feels that these are a good set of distilled rules for happiness and design.
- Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
- Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
- Being not truthful works against me.
- Helping other people helps me.
- Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.
- Everything I do always comes back to me.
- Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
- Over time I get used to everything and start taking it for granted.
- Money does not make me happy.
- Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
- Assuming is stifling.
- Keeping a diary supports my personal development.
- Trying to look good limits my life.
- Worrying solves nothing.
- Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
- Having guts always works out for me.
I think these are great ideas and well-stated. Watch the video if you want to hear Stefan explain it himself. He is entertaining and eloquent.