Seven Ways to be Miserable, and How to Avoid Them

People like to  do things that make them miserable. CPG Grey presents seven of the most effective ways to induce misery upon yourself:

  1. Stay still – don’t go outside, don’t exercise.
  2. Screw with your sleep – vary your bedtime and sleep in a day or two a week. Never sleep or wake up at the same time.
  3. Maximize your screentime – let the screen keep you awake. Let a screen be the first thing you look at when you wake up.
  4. Use your screen to feed  your negative emotions – stoke  your anxiety and anger about things over which you have no control.
  5. Set v.a.p.i.d. goals – vague, amorphous, pie-in-the-sky, irrelevant, delayed. Do not set s.m.a.r.t. goals, which are specific, measurable, actionable, (goals for which you are) responsible, time-bounded.
  6. Pursue happiness directly
  7. Follow your instincts – do what makes you immediately happy  knowing full well it will make you sadder in the long run.

The video is based on Randy Paterson’s book, How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use.

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