There are plenty of self-help books that promise to teach inner fulfilment and happiness. In reality, all you really need to do is follow a single step – and repeat if necessary. This flowchart contains the instructions.
The flowchart below, as featured in the book The Best American Infographics, was created by photographer and designer Gustavo Vieira-Dias. As it starkly illustrates, your happiness can be determined by asking a simple question: “Is life good?”
If the answer is anything other than “yes”, you need to find and fix what’s bringing you down. Unlucky in love? Join a dating site. Experiencing money troubles? Improve your finances. Saddened by the state of the world? Get into politics.
It really is that simple: all you need to do is identify the problem and make the requisite changes. Everything else is just unnecessary noise and confusion. Sure, you still need to actually fix what’s wrong, but consciously zeroing in on the problem is arguably the largest part of the battle.
The more we look at this flowchart, the more it speaks to us. It’s a zen thing. Like, “less is more”. You dig?
If depression is affecting you or someone you know, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.