In case you were looking for interesting (and possibly life-changing) bits of advice, a website called Raptitude (subhead: “Getting better at being human”) is offering 67 different ideas on better ways to live. The list includes interesting fusions of practical and metaphysical (“Notice how much you talk in your head and experiment with listening to your surroundings instead.” “Don’t act while you’re still angry; anger makes the wrong things seem right and remorse lasts way longer than anger.”) along with the merely practical (“To eat fewer calories, eat a lot slower than normal and see what changes.” “Consciously plan your life or others will do it for you.” “Get rid of stuff you don’t use. Unused and under-appreciated things make us feel bad.” “Ledger all your income, purchases and expenses, at least for a whole month. You can’t help but discover wasteful spending. It’s like giving yourself a raise.”)
Some items go directly to personal development (“Watch experts perform their chosen art whenever you get a chance. There’s something really grounding about it.” “Experiment with meditation. It gives you tools to mitigate nearly every thing human beings complain about—fear, boredom, loss, envy, pain, sadness, confusion and doubt—yet remains unpopular in the West.” “Give classical music another shot every few years.” “Imagine that this moment is the very first moment of your life and then build a future from there.”)
And a few open the doors to a new level of gracious living (“Write people letters. Everyone loves getting letters.” “Appeal to your friends for their expertise. You get good advice, and they feel valued.” “Become a stranger’s secret ally, even for a few minutes. Your perception of strangers in general will change.”)
The website (http://www.raptitude.com/) says that it aspires to write about things that school never taught us: how to improve your quality of life in real-time. Maybe it’s worth a try.
About the Author: Bob Veres has been a commentator, author and consultant in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Over his 20-year career in the financial services world, Mr. Veres has worked as editor of Financial Planning magazine; as a contributing editor to the Journal of Financial Planning; as a columnist and editor-at-large of Dow Jones Investment Advisor magazine; and as editor of Morningstar’s advisor web site: MorningstarAdvisor.com.
Mr. Veres has been named one of the most influential people in the financial planning profession by Investment Advisor magazine and Financial Planning magazine, was granted the NAPFA Special Achievement Award by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and most recently the Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award from the Denver-based Financial Planning Association.