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How To Live A Better Life Starting Now

Updated on April 1, 2012

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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      Robert Lee 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks! Any insights to share as well?

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      Robert Lee 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you back!


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      Donald 5 years ago from United States

      Very useful hub, voted up!

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      msorensson 5 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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      Robert Lee 5 years ago from Canada

      Inspired. Thanks for sharing.

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      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