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Who doesn't want to be happy? True fulfillment and finding inner, meaningful happiness is surely the point of life, and yet we spend so little time working out how to achieve it.
This Playbook is one way to help correct that. It will be a growing collection of models to help you plug into what's really important, reduce stress, and be happy.
Let's dive in.
This Playbook includes the following sections, select a heading to jump to that section.
EXPLORE YOUR PASSION & WHY
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Start here to uncover what really matters to you.
You had to expect this model right? It's the classic that had to be here but implementing it is often challenging.
Happiness on a two by two grid? Sure, it's ironic, but it makes the point of looking for a balance between delayed gratification and feeding your soul right now. Click through for some extra tips.
Not sure where your happiness lies or what you're really passionate about? Try this unconvential model to uncover what you really care about and explore your unmet needs.
Speaking of needs, take the previous model to the next level by applying this empathetic communication model, but focus on self empathy, uncovering your needs and possible ways ways to meet them.
What is happiness anyway? These models might give you a new perspective on what it is and how to get it.
Stop trying to find the optimal solution based on some impossible rational decision-making process. Dive into the model summary for more on being happier through Satisficing.
The Peak-End Heuristics helps you make a distinction between your 'experiencing' and 'remembering' self. It's your 'remembering' self that will determine your happiness — so be sure to seek out the high points in an experience, steal those memorable moments amidst the grind, and find ways to end experiences on a positive note.
Does optimism drive happiness? Not according to this model. When faced with a challenging, ambiguous and often brutal world, maybe try the Stockdale Paradox instead.
How much of happiness is about perception and expectations? If you believe that's what it's really about, dive into Framing and Reframing to help shift your mindset and attitude.
CREATE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS
We are social beings, so it's no surprise that our quality and depth of relationships will drive our level of happiness.
Inspired by Ockam's Razor, this model helps you cut through the paranoia that can eat away at your confidence, mental health and happiness. Use it often, with everyone.
Think through your relationships and consider what it will take to add to them. Click through to this model for some practical tips on building friendships.
CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE
Use these approaches to generate significant and positive change in your life.
Use this model to effectively pursue your passion and increase your chances of lucky breaks as you go.
Identified what you want and what will make you happy but too scared to take the next step? Use this model from Jeff Bezos to build up your courage.
Find out more about Regret Minimisation Framework and add it to your Latticework of Mental Models here.
When seeking happiness remind yourself that sometimes less is more and that your answer might be all about what you let go of in your life and work.
This model will remind you of the famous prayer: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Find out more about Circle of Concern & Influence and add it to your Latticework of Mental Models here.
Ready to move forward but have too much baggage dragging you down? Use this model to make a fresh start.
Perhaps talking about happiness seems like a distant dream given the stress and overwhelm in your life? Then start here.
And finally, don't put pressure on yourself for a radical, instant transformation. Focus on a small improvement each day, then do it again tomorrow. With the power of compounding, you'll go far, fast.
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