How To Live A Better Life Starting Now

Live ROT For Happiness

The secret of the ages boiled down to three simple rules.

I am happy with my life and I’d like to share with you the three guiding principles, that I call “ROT”, that can help you live a better life too.

R: Reading

Unless an alien species visits earth and gives everyone the secrets of the universe we will always gain knowledge by reading. Reading gives us the knowledge that others have discovered and the means to discover our own abilities and expand to that wisdom. I am a voracious reader and look to each article, blog and even novel that I read to not only expand my knowledge but also my understanding of the people and things that we encounter in everyday life. Knowing how people and things work, apart and together, gives us an understanding that few people will appreciate in their lives.

O: Observing

Knowledge is only applicable when we observe how that knowledge can be effectively applied to our lives. Not everything we learn will be useful but the ability to separate the “wheat from the chaff” is what separates the happy from the sad. Take in what you see and apply what seems right to be useful in your life. Observe your surroundings and understand how you are a part of them and them of you.

T: Thinking

Think about what you read and observe. Allow yourself some quiet thinking time every day so you can process all of the information that life gives to you. Too often life speeds us through each day and we lose contact with our inner selves. Suddenly we come up against a wall that seems insurmountable, life’s maze that we cannot walk through. Having regular thinking, or meditative time, allows your mind to make connections between different thoughts and events and make connections that may otherwise not seem apparent. Even Sir Isaac Newton had to sit under a tree before the idea of gravity hit him on the head.

These three simple guiding principles will lead you to a better and more comfortable life. You’re on your way already; you made it to the end of this article and have awakened your inquisitive nature. Keep it up!

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sunkentreasure 4 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA


Look for the beauty

in everything you see.

Walk in peace

showing kindness


The secrets of success

are motivation

and dedication

Happiness is

what you make happen

for yourself.

Caring is

going to the ends of the world

for a stranger.

Be useful with your life.

Whatever you are doing

put your whole

being into it 100%

Loving is

pleasing your loved one everyday

in a 1000 different ways.

Control your mind

you are its master

Be in control.

Live your life

without hurting or


Believe in yourself.

Have respect for yourself.

Walk through life

always with a song.

© Bernard Levine

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R Pseudomen 4 years ago from Canada Author

Inspired. Thanks for sharing.

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msorensson 4 years ago

I thought that was funny the line unless an alien species visits the earth and gives us the secret of the universe...

I enjoyed the article. Thank you.

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Donald1960 4 years ago from United States

Very useful hub, voted up!

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R Pseudomen 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you back!


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R Pseudomen 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks! Any insights to share as well?

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