Life is good. Or, at least, it can be with a few simple tweaks to your routine.
“Ultimately, I think the recipe for happiness is pretty much universal and it’s how you spend your time,” John says. “And that should be doing things you love, doing things that are meaningful, helping other people, and spending time with people you love.”
Here are three other ways the brothers say you should spend your time to life a happier, more fulfilling life:
Say “yes” to who and what’s important and “no” to everything else.
“Yes” and “no” are both powerful words.
“Decide what and who is most important in your life, and say ‘yes’ to them,” the brothers write in their book, “Life is Good.” “Say ‘no’ to everything else.”
They’re not just referring to people — the brothers are also talking about more trivial things, like old toys or clothes. If you don’t use them or need them anymore, get rid of them, they advise.
And, most importantly, they say, learn to politely decline social events that “drain more than they fuel your positive energy” in favor of spending quality time with friends and family.
Cut down on your media consumption and screen time.
Unplugging from the digital world is a popular tip that not many people seem to follow. But maybe they should.
A few years ago the Jacobs brothers decided to get off email completely — a move that has made them feel more “free” and has helped them be more focused and productive.
“It allows us to spend more time on high-level questions, puzzles, or projects and to be more creative because we have more mind space for that now,” John says.
The brothers have also cut back on their media consumption — particularly the “negative news cycle.” “Bad thing do happen. But you know what? Good things happen too,” they say.
Spend more time outside.
The Jacobs brothers grew up outside of Boston near Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau spent two years in a 10 foot by 15 foot house in an effort to reconnect with himself and nature.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, and see if I could learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” Thoreau wrote.
The brothers say spending time outdoors is so important not only because of the beauty it has to offer, but also because of what it doesn’t have — smartphones, computers, media, etc.