The one single biggest thing you can do to have a better life?
Take nothing seriously.
It's such an old Ishaya principle, it's almost a motto.
But it is such an uncommon skill amongst humanity it's worth repeating, frequently.
Taking nothing seriously is crucial to the full enjoyment of life. Obviously. As the joke goes, none of us are getting out of here alive, so why not fully enjoy it?
But it’s also not just being a goof.
When you have a sense of lightness it automatically means you have things in perspective. Perspective means you have clarity, it means you aren’t getting sucked into the thing.
You can then be fluid, adjust easily, be wide open to different ideas. You can make the most of what actually is happening rather than trying to stick with some plan of what “should be” happening.
When you take things seriously it’s the spark that invites a fight.
Instead of laughing and letting it slide, the resistance builds and the fight blows up - unless you back down.
But when you don’t play the game, you are removed from the game. Job done. There is no struggle, ever.
So don’t even invite a fight, just take nothing seriously. Stop playing the game.
Keep what is most important to you as a priority. And that isn’t being right, it’s being happy.
I imagine. Unless being right is more important to you than your mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing, in which case go ahead and try and be right.
Take nothing seriously. Be aware - learn to laugh at everything, most crucially yourself. If you are able to do that you'll have a source of entertainment forever.