14. Reject Criticism
Criticism is not a bad thing. Absolutely no one is perfect. Getting feedback from your peers means that they feel you're worth their time and that you can improve. You don't have to follow every piece of advice, but at least give your critics some time and thought.
15. Buy Your Relationships
Money is no substitution for the time and mutual respect that it takes to build quality friendships. When it comes to finding friends, building friendships, and deciding who your true friends are, leave money out of the equation.
16. Follow the Rules
If you live life entirely on the straight and narrow, you’re allowing the man to tell you what you can do and how you should do it. Life should be lived more recklessly. You will never suck all the marrow out of life by following the rules. Instead, you will be uninteresting and never do anything worth talking about after you're gone.
17. Be a Control Freak
You cannot control your life. You can control your outlook, but the things that happen to you are often beyond your control. Don't try to take charge of every little thing. Learn to go with the flow and feel your stress levels deplete.
18. Don't Look People in the Eyes
Eye contact is fundamental to both personal and professional relationships. A lack of eye contact leaves the impression that you don't believe you are worth talking to. If you don't think anyone has a reason to get to know you, then you cannot expect others to go out of their way to find one.
19. Avoid Mistakes
No one has ever become wildly successful by making no mistakes. Taking risks and making mistakes is the route to discovering where the right path lies and what doesn't work. Embrace pitfalls and roadblocks as natural barriers that bring you ever closer to your dreams.
20. Don't Love
When people betray your trust, it is easy to close your heart and become a cold person. Make it your goal to never stop loving people no matter how often you get hurt. Love is the key that will unlock the door to a life of warmth and purpose. Remember that the only love you keep is the love you give away.
21. Think Happiness is a Destination
Happiness is a direction and an ongoing process. Happiness comes when you are content with the person you are, while still continuing to grow and pursue the person you want to be. Follow the items on this list, and you'll find that happiness was closer than you ever thought possible.
No one is perfect, and I am certainly guilty of some of the items on this list. The point is to look at yourself and know that you can be happier and live a better quality life. You deserve it, so start working on it. Make your life the experience that you always hoped it would be.