The eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life

Oliver Burkeman distills brilliantly in his final “This column will change your life” submission at The Guardian. The entire article is a must read, but these are the high points for me:

The capacity to tolerate minor discomfort is a superpower.

My grandfather never stated in terms of “pain”. Always in terms of “discomfort”.

The future will never provide the reassurance you seek from it.

It’s freeing to grasp that no amount of fretting will ever alter this truth. It’s still useful to make plans. But do that with the awareness that a plan is only ever a present-moment statement of intent, not a lasso thrown around the future to bring it under control.

Go with the flow...

When stumped by a life choice, choose “enlargement” over happiness.

Finding things to make you temporarily happy is easy. Growth is hard, but utlimately the most rewarding to achieve.