The Importance Of Living A Good Life

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“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living,” as stated by Nelson Mandela meaning that nothing should stop anyone from being living a good life and ultimately the life they want to live. To start living the best life possible is to be generous in everything from one’s time to money, to just simple words of encouragement. Similarly, it is important to always appreciate everything and to never take what one has for granted. Lastly, to live a good life, one must make sure to stay true to themselves and to never become someone they truly are not. How to live a good life is often taking into interpretation and has several different aspects based on matter of opinion, …show more content…
Generosity is not just money or items to give, it is also time. Giving up one’s time can make a difference in someone else 's life more than objects and wealth. The old adage, “’tis better to give than to receive”, still is true today. Many people believe in doing “random acts of kindness” or “paying it forward”, something that still demonstrates the old saying ultimately explaining, giving is good. This is important for people to realize that while they may have everything in the world, other people do not. Many people like to think they are superior or better than others and do not need to volunteer or be generous because they are above that, but in all truth of the matter, no one is. Research goes on to show that people who give of themselves live happier and healthier lives.(Paradox of Generosity Research Study, Notre Dame, 2015) A way to be generous is to donate or volunteer one’s time. Volunteering one’s time is anything from helping at a homeless shelter to just helping a neighbor carry groceries. Being generous and helping those in one’s community does not require a whole lot of effort, but seeing the smile on the people one is helping, can make all the difference in the world. On the whole, living a good life does not mean being self-centered and doing everything one can do to have everything they’ve ever wanted, it means to regularly give back to those in one’s community, because one never …show more content…
Throughout life, there are always stereotypes that make someone want to fit in. Hundreds of people fall to peer pressure and change who they really are, to be one of the populars or to be the person everyone is talking about—whether or not it’s good attention. People think that in order to get people to like them, they have to hide their true identity and become someone they do not want to be. Moreover, various middle and high school students try to be the most popular or to get all the attention and stand out amongst their class, prompting them to make negative decisions that will follow them throughout their lives. What many teenagers do not realize, is whatever happens to them today, tomorrow, the next day, or even three years ago, can follow them the rest of their lives and can have an effect on their college choices, and even careers and places of work. Furthermore, people are often told that they can do anything. This is true if one truely themselves. If someone tries to become a person that they are not, they will have a more complicated time achieving their ultimate goal. This is even stated by Michelle Obama herself, that no one person is better than another if they do not stay true to themselves and their beliefs, “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you

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