We’re all trying to lead a happy life. While the characters in cartoonist Scott Adams’ comic strip Dilbert don’t seem to have a clue on how to achieve that for themselves, Adams himself does, and it doesn’t require that much work.
Speaking to Forbes, Adams talks about the two things that he needed to be happy: freedom and health. How he achieved them is a little different than you’d expect:
Freedom is doing what you want, when you want. Before Dilbert took off, my whole day was absorbed with what other people wanted me to do. By any objective measure, things were going great. Dilbert was taking off. But I was miserable during those years because I had no freedom.
Fitness and diet are important for happiness. There have been a lot of studies on willpower and how it’s a reserve that gets used up. If you have a goal for your diet, like lose 10 pounds, you’re probably going to get there. But getting back to what I was saying about systems and goals, I suggest that instead, you simply learn as much about diet science as you can. Eventually knowledge will replace willpower. If I were to say to you, you have a choice between a potato and pasta, most people wouldn’t realise that a potato is twice as high on the glycemic index as pasta. Knowledge will get you to a much better point. You should also understand that fat doesn’t make you fat.
We certainly agree, and while everyone’s approach is different, understanding the science behind what’s happening in your body (and elsewhere in the world) is a great motivator for getting things done. Coupled with Adams’ rules for success, you have an effective blueprint for improving your life. Head over to Forbes for a few more tidbits of life advice from Adams.