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The Most Important Skill For A Great Life

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What must you do to have a great life? What is the first and most important thing to do or have to have a great life? What matters more t...

What must you do to have a great life? What is the first and most important thing to do or have to have a great life? What matters more than anything else?

This is obviously a great question. It is a question that has been asked for thousands of years, and usually the answer has been that God or the King is the most important thing or perhaps a combination of the two. However, after thousands of years of pledging fidelity to god and country, we are still struggling. There has been some success throughout the world, such as Democracy and Human Rights, but there is still so much violence. Maybe god and country are not such helpful answer to what is truly important.

For a long time, I believed maybe life ultimately had no intrinsic meaning, or it only had the meaning we give it. As the great philosopher Jack Palance relates in the movie City Slickers, the meaning of life comes down to one thing (no, not the finger), and you have to decide for yourself what it is. You'll be hard pressed to find better advice in a popular movie than that. I believed that advice to be true until recently (I still believe the basic idea has merit).

But I have come to believe that there really is one thing that is objectively more important than anything else and that one thing is the most important thing for everyone, including you. This one thing is actually a skill that has to be learned. I'm not certain if the answer to the question of what is the most important thing in life is the same thing as what is question of the meaning of life, but I do believe for all practical purposes, this one thing, or doing this one thing, is as close to a meaning of life as you will ever get.

I've done my best to heighten your curiosity. So what is this one thing?

Appreciation.

The ability to appreciate yourself, others, the earth you live on, nature, and the universe is perhaps the single most important skill a person can have. If you can't appreciate anything, can you be happy? It is hard to imagine someone with no ability to appreciate anything ever being happy. But a person who can find something to appreciate in almost everyone or any event, well, it is hard to imagine them being anything but happy. To find joy in anything, you have to be able to appreciate it. To find joy in other people, you must learn to look for and find things about them that you can appreciate. To find appreciation for nature, you must look for all the marvels in nature (you should not have to look far, they are everywhere).

If you want to improve yourself, develop the habit of looking for things to appreciate. If you want to help your child to grow up to be the best they can be, teach them the habit of appreciation, and the best way to do that is to be a good example.

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