I think we can agree that there is no universal recipe for happiness, and also that a few prerequisites, while not absolutely* necessary, do help: health, shelter, food.

Beyond these, here are my three very general rules for happiness, they work for me, I hope others can make something out if them:

  1. Keep learning.
  2. Things don’t matter, happiness comes only from life.
  3. Life comes to an end, eventually. The pain is a reminder of all the happiness it generated, without the one, you’d never feel the other.

These are valid for me, today, they have no pretense of representing any truth, just a step in a long journey.

I want to believe it’s also possible to be happy when some of these or missing, but I can’t be sure, I’ve been lucky so far.

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By Paolo Belcastro

Paolo is a modern nomad: after Italy, France, and Switzerland, he now lives in Vienna, Austria from where he works on Automattic's Jetpack and .blog products. Passionate photographer, he also dedicates his free time to his family, cats, and hobbies. Working remotely since 1994, managing distributed teams since 1998, he firmly believes that remote work is the key to peaceful coexistence for 10 billion humans.


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