What do you think is a good life?

1. You had taken care of your health and had a healthy lifestyle.
2. You spent enough and good time with your family members and freinds, rather than countless hours at work.
3. You enjoyed your work throughout your professional life.
4. You had spent a good amount of time on your hobbies and things you love to do while recreating yourself.
5. After you die, your family members can continue living well without you.

42 Replies to “What do you think is a good life?”

  1. @Rishabh Kumar gave me this valuable advice, to watch cartoons when things become too sad and, uhh, what's the word I am looking for?

    “Adult-ey”

    Doing a project in college is hard. I miss the days when they drew an apple and we were supposed to color it inside the boundaries in the homework.

    Dealing with people is hard. You want to convey your thoughts sternly but without an ego clash. I miss the days when you expressed your anger with a “Katti and resolved it with “Abba”.

    We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

    ~Bryan White

    It’s like Bryan White summing up my entire life

    So, for me good life is when, the baby Mahima in me is happy. When I can concentrate on my work while having fun like a toddler. When there are no unnecessary malice and grudges. When I can be a child again.

    By the way, this is me Adulting 101 on weekends.

  2. A good life, that's not tough to explain… I'll tell you something first

    Last 3 years, I had been depressed, had so much anxiety and used to live like I had no friends or close people around me because of some reason. I used to cry several times thinking about a lot of things and didn't even communicate properly with anyone. But then some months back, I could overcome my problem after a lot of stress but it was worth it. I communicate well with everyone now, became the source of positive vibes I used to be, funny and live my life seeking everything from a positive end that is why probably I'm much much happier than I ever was.

    I did learn a lot of things and that are; you need to stop looking for happiness in other people who're not your family, seek positivity as your result and everything will go right, make a few friends and stay true to them, concentrate on what you have now rather than what you could have had, stay happy despite the stressful situations, make others happy by some gestures(little or big), smile a lot and there's so much more. But just this can lead you to such a better place, trust me.

    A good life is just what you need.

  3. A good life is being happy where your soul, inner self, is at peace. you are not suffering from psychological turmoils or you have a mental state full of negativity inching towards madness. A good life is when we have let gone our grudges, hurtful yet irretrievable past and our way of life that is hurting ourselves intrincally and extrinsically. If we let our brain breath freely that would bring on positiveness to our life where we will see the flower blossoming not the thorns that are sharp enough to sting us. It does not mean that we will overlook every aspects that may hurt us, actually we should consider them so that we stay safe but what i mean is that we will concentrate on positive facets that would mould our personality and make us lead our journey peacefully. The battle in a person’s head is extremely painful, it may eradicates peace completely. Leading a not peaceful life is equal to a bad life, because everything would become soar. There are thousands of examples where poor people are more happy than billionaires. It is all due to mindset, the former is happy with their life. They are living a happy family life. Sometimes, the child just wants to spend some time with the parents. The wife wants to rob some gazes from her husband from the laptop or the husband wants to hug the wife tightly but the t.v does not permit that. The dinner table is an important place to catch up with the family members and share some warmth moments. Many of us tend to think that a good life is having the most mundane stuffs possible but in the run we forget that spending little moments together with our kin worth more than a lot of things. In simple words,

    having a peaceful mind is having a “good life”.

  4. There is no "the good life". There's a lot of kinds of good lives.

    I know that answer may seem flippant, but it is very important. This answer is going to be somewhat long, so let me open with my thesis: There are as many good lives as there are people. A good life is one where you find a way of living life that will contribute something great, big or small.

    Throughout history, philosophers have tried to answer this question. Overwhelmingly, they all had the arrogance intelligent people often have to assume that their value system and personal way of living is somehow based on a superior understanding rather than just being unique. Socrates was a great moral teacher, but this may have been his big weakness: His assumption that there was one mode of the "good life".

    In cultures over time, people were told that the "good life" was to be obedient to the law, obedient to one's Lord, or pious and obedient to God. Other times, they were told that rebellion and being an individual was the "good life". Some people were told that they should retreat into a monastery; others were told they should go out and change the world. Women have overwhelmingly been told that the "good life" for them was to cook, clean, have children and obey their husbands. Slaves were told the "good life" was obedience.

    A lot of these "good lives" were actually debased, brutal or oppressed. But that's where society was at the time. I reject oppression of all kinds, but it is also the case that people adapt cultural values to their objective needs.

    If there was a zombie apocalypse, a "good life" might be to keep you and your friends and family alive with a strong gun arm. For most of history, in fact, a lot of people's "good life" was either protecting people from constant dangers or hunting, farming and herding enough food to keep everyone full. Yet the seemingly mad people in those societies who experimented with strange concoctions created the basis for the learning that now means we don't have to have those preoccupations with immediate, day-to-day survival.

    In a democratic society with material prosperity, it's important to have assertive citizens. In a monarchy where famine and pestilence are constants, it makes some sense for loyalty to be the value that defines the good life.

    Let me give a personal example.

    Part of my bodhisattva code, my code of ethics, is that I can't turn any one away. I can't refuse to help. I have to treat everyone like they can be redeemed.

    The reason I have to do that is because someone like me with a very powerful belief system can become a bully or dictator or monster very rapidly if I don't take that idea that people can be saved.

    Someone who is not me does not have to follow that idea. Their "good life" doesn't have to be mine.

    Philosophically, one of the big developments of anarchism, libertarianism and multiculturalism has been the idea that there are many kinds of good life, and that we collectively have to protect those different ideas of the good life. The best society is that society which maximizes the number of different ways that people can live.

    There are some ways to live a bad life, of course. One can be a murderer, a rapist, a mobster. There are ways to be hurtful, cruel and vile. There are ways that we can violate each others' rights and prerogatives. But these are minimum standards. Just like there's lots of different good houses but no house can be good if it has a rotting foundation, so too can there be many ways of being a bad person while still leaving plenty of ways of being a good one.

    And all this matters because the best person we can be is ourselves. We will never copy another person and exceed that person, because the factors that make up a person are so complicated that no one can understand them.

    So the best way for us to contribute to the collective well-being is to figure out how to life our own best life. That way, we will have as many perspectives and ways of contributing as possible.

  5. Here are some clues:

    1. Examine life, engage life with vengeance; always search for new pleasures and new destines to reach with your mind.

    This rule isn’t new. It echoes the verses of ancient Greek philosophers and most notably those of Plato through the voice of his hero, Socrates.  Living life is about examining life through reason, nature’s greatest gift to humanity. The importance of reason in sensing and examining life is evident in all phases of life– from the infant who strains to explore its new surroundings to the grandparent who actively reads and assesses the headlines of the daily paper.  Reason lets human beings participate in life, to be human is to think, appraise, and explore the world, discovering new sources of material and spiritual pleasure.

    2. Worry only about the things that are in your control, the things that can be influenced and changed by your actions, not about the things that are beyond your capacity to direct or alter.

    This rule summarizes several important features of ancient Stoic wisdom — features that remain powerfully suggestive for modern times. Most notably the belief in an ultimately rational order operating in the universe reflecting a benign providence that ensures proper outcomes in life.  Thinkers such as Epictetus did not simply prescribe “faith” as an abstract philosophical principle; they offered a concrete strategy based on intellectual and spiritual discipline.  The key to resisting the hardship and discord that intrude upon every human life, is to cultivate a certain attitude toward adversity based on the critical distinction between those things we are able to control versus those which are beyond our capacity to manage.  The misguided investor may not be able to recover his fortune but he can resist the tendency to engage in self-torment. The victims of a natural disaster, a major illness or an accident may not be able to recover and live their lives the way they used to, but they too can save themselves the self-torment.   In other words, while we cannot control all of the outcomes we seek in life, we certainly can control our responses to these outcomes and herein lies our potential for a life that is both happy and fulfilled.

    3. Treasure Friendship, the reciprocal attachment that fills the need for affiliation. Friendship cannot be acquired in the market place, but must be nurtured and treasured in relations imbued with trust and amity.

    According to Greek philosophy, one of the defining characteristics of humanity that distinguishes it from other forms of existence is a deeply engrained social instinct, the need for association and affiliation with others, a need for friendship. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle viewed the formation of society as a reflection of the profound need for human affiliation rather than simply a contractual arrangement between otherwise detached individuals. Gods and animals do not have this kind of need but for humans it is an indispensable aspect of the life worth living because one cannot speak of a completed human identity, or of true happiness, without the associative bonds called “friendship.” No amount of wealth, status, or power can adequately compensate for a life devoid of genuine friends.

    4. Experience True Pleasure. Avoid shallow and transient pleasures. Keep your life simple. Seek calming pleasures that contribute to peace of mind. True pleasure is disciplined and restrained.

    In its many shapes and forms, pleasure is what every human being is after. It is the chief good of life. Yet not all pleasures are alike. Some pleasures are kinetic—shallow, and transient, fading way as soon as the act that creates the pleasure ends. Often they are succeeded by a feeling of emptiness and psychological pain and suffering. Other pleasures arecatastematic—deep, and prolonged, and continue even after the act that creates them ends; and it is these pleasures that secure the well-lived life. That’s the message of the Epicurean philosophers that have been maligned and misunderstood for centuries, particularly in the modern era where their theories of the good life have been confused with doctrines advocating gross hedonism.

    5. Master Yourself. Resist any external force that might delimit thought and action; stop deceiving yourself, believing only what is personally useful and convenient; complete liberty necessitates a struggle within, a battle to subdue negative psychological and spiritual forces that preclude a healthy existence; self mastery requires ruthless cador.

    One of the more concrete ties between ancient and modern times is the idea that personal freedom is a highly desirable state and one of life’s great blessings. Today, freedom tends to be associated, above all, with political liberty. Therefore, freedom is often perceived as a reward for political struggle, measured in terms of one’s ability to exercise individual “rights.”

    The ancients argued long before Sigmund Freud and the advent of modern psychology that the acquisition of genuine freedom involved a dual battle. First, a battle without, against any external force that might delimit thought and action. Second, a battle within, a struggle to subdue psychological and spiritual forces that preclude a healthy self-reliance. The ancient wisdom clearly recognized that humankind has an infinite capacity for self-deception, to believe what is personally useful and convenient at the expense of truth and reality, all with catastrophic consequences. Individual investors often deceive themselves by holding on to shady stocks, believing what they want to believe. They often end up blaming stock analysts and stockbrokers when the truth of the matter is they are the ones who eventually made the decision to buy them in the first place. Students also deceive themselves believing that they can pass a course without studying, and end up blaming their professors for their eventual failure. Patients also deceive themselves that they can be cured with convenient “alternative medicines,” which do not involve the restrictive lifestyle of conventional methods.

    6. Avoid Excess. Live life in harmony and balance. Avoid excesses. Even good things, pursued or attained without moderation, can become a source of misery and suffering.

    This rule is echoed in the writings of ancient Greek thinkers who viewed moderation as nothing less than a solution to life’s riddle. The idea of avoiding the many opportunities for excess was a prime ingredient in a life properly lived, as summarized in Solon’s prescription “Nothing in Excess” (6th Century B.C.).  The Greeks fully grasped the high costs of passionate excess. They correctly understood that when people violate the limits of a reasonable mean, they pay penalties ranging from countervailing frustrations to utter catastrophe. It is for this reason that they prized ideals such as measure, balance, harmony, and proportion as much as they did, the parameters within which productive living can proceed. If, however, excess is allowed to destroy harmony and balance, then the life worth living becomes impossible to obtain.

    7. Be a Responsible Human Being. Approach yourself with honesty and thoroughness; maintain a kind of spiritual hygiene; stop the blame-shifting for your errors and shortcomings.

    Be honest with yourself and be prepared to assume responsibility and accept consequences. This rule comes from Pythagoras, the famous mathematician and mystic, and has special relevance for all of us because of the common human tendency to reject responsibility for wrongdoing. Very few individuals are willing to hold themselves accountable for the errors and mishaps that inevitably occur in life.  Instead, they tend to foist these situations off on others complaining of circumstances “beyond their control.” There are, of course, situations that occasionally sweep us along, against which we have little or no recourse. But the far more typical tendency is to find ourselves in dilemmas of our own creation — dilemmas for which we refuse to be held accountable. How many times does the average person say something like, “It really wasn’t my fault. If only John or Mary had acted differently then I would not have responded as I did.” Cop-outs like these are the standard reaction for most people. They reflect an infinite human capacity for rationalization, finger-pointing, and denial of responsibility.
     
    Unfortunately, this penchant for excuses and self-exemption has negative consequences. People who feed themselves a steady diet of exonerating fiction are in danger of living life in bad faith — more, they risk corrupting their very essence as a human being.

    8. Don’t Be a Prosperous Fool. Prosperity by itself, is not a cure-all against an ill-led life, and may be a source of dangerous foolishness. Money is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for the good life, for happiness and wisdom.

    Prosperity has different meanings to different people. For some, prosperity is about the accumulation of wealth in the form of money, real estate and equities. For others, prosperity is about the accumulation of power and the achievement of status that comes with appointment to business or government positions. In either case, prosperity requires wisdom: the rational use of one’s resources and in the absence of such wisdom, Aeschylus was correct to speak of prosperous fools.

    9. Don’t Do Evil to Others. Evildoing is a dangerous habit, a kind of reflex too quickly resorted to and too easily justified that has a lasting and damaging effect upon the quest for the good life. Harming others claims two victims—the receiver of the harm, and the victimizer, the one who does harm.

    Contemporary society is filled with mixed messages when it comes to the treatment of our fellow human beings. The message of the Judaeo-Christian religious heritage, for instance, is that doing evil to others is a sin, extolling the virtues of mercy, forgiveness, charity, love, and pacifism. Yet, as we all know, in practice these inspiring ideals tend to be in very short supply. Modern society is a competitive, hard-bitten environment strongly inclined to advocate self-advantage at the expense of the “other.” Under these conditions, it is not surprising that people are often prepared to harm their fellow human beings. These activities are frequently justified by invoking premises such as “payback,” “leveling scores,” or “doing unto others, before they can do unto you.” Implicit in all of these phrases is the notion that malice towards others can be justified on either a reciprocal basis or as a pre-emptive gesture in advance of anticipated injury. What is not considered here are the effects these attempts to render evil have upon the person engaging in such attempts. Our culture has naively assumed that “getting even” is an acceptable response to wrongdoing — that one bad-turn deserves another. What we fail to understand is the psychological, emotional, and spiritual impact victimizing others has upon the victimizer.

    10. Kindness towards others tends to be rewarded. Kindness to others is a good habit that supports and reinforces the quest for the good life. Helping others bestows a sense of satisfaction that has two beneficiaries—the beneficiary, the receiver of the help, and the benefactor, the one who provides the help.

    Many of the world’s great religions speak of an obligation to extend kindness to others. But these deeds are often advocated as an investment toward future salvation — as the admission ticket to paradise. That’s not the case for the ancient Greeks, however, who saw kindness through the lens of reason, emphasizing the positive effects acts of kindness have not just on the receiver of kindness but to the giver of kindness as well, not for the salvation of the soul in the afterlife, but in this life. Simply put, kindness tends to return to those who do kind deeds, as Aesop demonstrated in his colourful fable of a little mouse cutting the net to free the big lion. Aesop lived in the 6th century B.C. and acquired a great reputation in antiquity for the instruction he offered in his delightful tales. Despite the passage of many centuries, Aesop’s counsels have stood the test of time because in truth, they are timeless observations on the human condition; as relevant and meaningful today as they were 2,500 years ago.:

    From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/pano

  6. This is what I call a good life.

    1. Get up whenever you like
    2. Work whenever you want
    3. Do whatever you like
    4. Get paid to do whatever you love doing for free
    5. Earn in Dollars and Spend in Baht
    6. Have a super beautiful hot wife who worships you
    7. Spend your whole day doing fun stuff
    8. Enjoy good food and drink
    9. Have people pay you for your thoughts.
    10. Do nothing but read good books, watch good movies, share your thoughts and be paid to do this.

    This is what I call is a good life and this is exactly the life I am living today.

    Loy Machedo

  7. The good life consists of wanting to get out of bed every morning, excited to take on whatever each day has in store for you. It has nothing to do with the material possessions or artificially induced sensations. The good life is based on the compassionate deeds you perform, the personal goals you strive to achieve, and the legacy you decide to leave behind as a result of the mark you made on the world around you.

    Far too many people get tangled up in the past and future, wondering what is going to happen to them and contemplating the "if's." They become numb to the little moments that are unknowingly the building blocks of time. Time, after all, is actually our single most advantage to living life to the fullest.

    This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. – Thomas Carlyle

  8. What is “the good life”? This is one of the oldest philosophical questions. It has been posed in different ways–How should one live? What does it mean to “live well”?– but these are really just the same question After all, everyone wants to live well, and no-one wants “the bad life.”

    Some golden rules on living Good Life !

  9. ||

    *.Approve of yourself.

    *.Your limitations may just be in your mind.

    *.Lighten up and have some fun.

    *.Let go of anger.

    *.Release yourself from entitlement.

    *.If you're taking a different path, prepare for reactions.

    *.Keep your focus steadily on what you want.

    *.Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good.

    *.Do what you want to do.

    So, “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me’

  10. Most of the people doesn't even know why are they here. What is the purpose of this life for them.(even me too) There are many rules to follow such as,

    1- Examine life, engage life with vengeance; always search for new pleasures and new destines to reach with your mind & soul.

    2- Worry only about the things that are in your control, the things that can be influenced and changed by your actions, not about the things that are beyond your capacity to direct or alter.

    3- Try to experience true pleasure and keep your life simple.

    4- Be a master of your ownself. Resist any external force that might stop you to get peace of your mind.

    5- Be honest with yourself and be prepared to assume responsibility and accept consequences.

    6- Don’t Be a Prosperous Fool. Prosperity by itself, is not a cure-all against an ill-led life, and may be a source of dangerous foolishness. Money is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for the good life, happiness and wisdom.

    7- Don’t Do Evil to Others. Evildoing is a dangerous habit, a kind of reflex too quickly resorted to and too easily justified that has a lasting and damaging effect upon the quest for the good life. Harming others claims two victims—the receiver of the harm, and the victimizer, the one who does harm. (Never ever hurt anyone by doing evil things, never break anyone's trust.)

    8- Kindness towards others tends to be rewarded. Kindness to others is a good habit that supports and reinforces the quest for the good life. Helping others bestows a sense of satisfaction that has two beneficiaries—the beneficiary, the receiver of the help, and the benefactor, the one who provides the help

    This was the focus of our most recently published global study where they asked thousands of consumers around the world about which factors they personally see as being an essential part of ‘the good life’ or the life they’d like to have.

    Hope it would help you.

    Thanks for reading it.

  11. I can only write about what I think is a good life. Here goes:
    Surrounded by family, friends, their laughter and happiness. Being loved.
    Sufficient and delicious food on the table.
    A healthy body and mind.
    A purpose – whether it be raising children well, helping the poor, or various other projects.
    Coming home to your loved ones after a days work, and seeing their faces light up.
    Being close to nature – going out to see the stars, watching thunderstorms, going for walks amongst native vegetation. Seeing animals in the wild, feeling the sun kiss your shoulders. Watching the sunset, kissing your lover at the beach.
    Learning new skills and ideas. Being able to curl up with a good book.
    Self sufficiency – knowing you can look after yourself.

  12. No one can define exactly what a good life is . It changes for every individual .

    For poor , getting 3 meals per day under a permanent roof will be a good life to him/her .

    For rich , earning more will mean a good life .

    Many philosophers attempted to explain about good life .

    To Aristotle it is eudaimonia ( happiness ) .

    To buddha , it is enlightenment by self realization .

    For me , good life is living for others . It may be for my loved ones or for my Nation .

    Have a nice day 🙂

  13. A good life is when you are really happy with whatever you do and you are willing to take the risk to achieve the goals you planned.

    A good life is when you have your family by your side to hold your back whenever you fall apart.

    A good life is when you are able to take out time for yourself and enjoy the small pleasures of life.

    A good life is when everyday teaches you something new, something that cheers up your soul.

    A good life is when you readily accept criticism and work towards improving yourself.

    A good life is when you feel that it is more important to live than just to merely exist, when you able to understand that life can't be sweet at all times and still accept it.

    Basically, there is no such thing as good life. It's just what you make of it. It's your life and you are the one who gets to choose the kind of life you want to call it a good life. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to shape your life the way you want it to be because you only live once! 😉

  14. For me, definition of ‘a good life’ is –

    A life in which-

    • you value people and relationships more than anything. In place of keeping personal grudges, you practice gratitude, compassion and helpfulness.
    • in place of acquiring materialistic things, you believe in self-contentment. Although, you definitely have materialistic things, but they're just as some resource, you're not attached with them, so you don't fear losing them out.
    • you do what you love, possibly you don't hold mastery in it , but you’re striving hard to achieve the elusive state of perfection. “
  15. A good life depends on your perspective of life.

    What do you want from life?

    Happiness ?

    Success?

    Passion?

    Any thing else?

    For a family man, a good life will be a peaceful,enjoyable safe life of his family.

    For a passion-driven person it will be living the life he/she had always dreamt of, like a wannabe traveller finally going on small tours and eventually more bigger ones.

    A life is good when your dreams are accomplished and happiness in your mind.

  16. A good life is a life full of emotions.

    There are many people who hide emotions as a result of past traumas and they live life according to achievements and objectives. They will always go after the next one because it is the only fuel that lets them go on…

    You must be willing to accept either negative emotions and positive emotions without attaching too much.

    You also need to surround yourself with people who genuinely love you and don't see you as a reason of advantage for themselves.

    Envy, negative competition, abuse, are some of the behaviours that destroy lives.

  17. What is good life is relative and differs from one to another.

    Understand your strength

    Overcome your weaknesses

    Set SMART goals

    Celebrate success

    Introspect failures and keep trying .. never give up.

  18. Good Life to me is ….

    • To be good to others.
    • To do good to others.
    • To get goodness from others.
    • To spread goodness every where.

    To be good to others…

    To do good to others

    To get goodness from others

    To spread goodness every where…

    Thank you everyone

    S P REDDY

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    If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.

    If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

    If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

    If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.

    If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.

    Source: Google

  20. The good life begins when one escapes the enclosed maze of thinking that living for themselves can ever turn out to be satisfying.

    By default, self-interest rules our lives: that's the perspective which comes for free when you open the package of a human being.   But eventually, that maze runs out of cheese, and one learns that there's no way out — the themes just repeat themselves: after you've seen the show a few times, a sense of despair starts to appear, a sense that life is utterly a re-run of the same game that never really resolves into satisfaction.

    The way out of the maze isn't to bang on the walls, it's to rise above it:  that occurs when someone recognizes that the maze is produced by the dominance of self-interest ("ego").   Ego is what builds the walls of the maze, so if you want out, you have to let go of self-interest and get attuned to values which aren't about you.

    That turns someone into a seeker of values: a person who won't be satisfied with just putting on value-colored costumes to impress others or absolve their feelings of inadequacy.   The pretense about values dissolves, and one is called towards them authentically and naturally, wanting to serve what is truly good.

    Having escaped the maze, they're finally on a journey which is  meaningful — that's when talking about "the good life" becomes more than just a game of pleasure-seeking or status-seeking within the maze.

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