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Strangers Share Their Advice About The Key To Happiness For The Next Generation

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Is there really such a thing as the key to happiness? Well, no. However, there are always things we can do to make our lives better and more fulfilling. Who better to ask for advice on that front than the people who have been through it all before? One Reddit user decided to turn to previous generations for their best tips on living well.

“People who are 40+ and happy with their life, what is your advice to people in their 20s?” they wrote.

Some of the responses were really helpful, not just for young people, but for anyone! For example, one person replied that the “key to happiness” is found in long-term friendships. They emphasized the importance of investing in personal relationships rather than passively letting people in and out of your life.

“Friends are essential but they require work,” they advised. “Don’t be alone just because you don’t want to be the person who reaches out to others.”

A Reddit comment explaining the importance of friendship.
Screengrab from Reddit

Another person believed that the key to happiness is being open to different experiences and opportunities. It’s good to prepare for the future, but it’s also important to recognize that life doesn’t always go according to plan. The way they summed it up was truly eloquent!

“Don’t try to make your life into a novel, make it into a book of poems.”

Can we get that on a t-shirt?

A Reddit comment sharing the key to happiness.
Screengrab from Reddit

One of the best responses in this Reddit thread came from someone who learned that it’s never too late to start over.

“All in my 20’s I thought I couldn’t just restart my career or dump a useless boyfriend or go back to school because I was already on a certain trajectory,” they wrote.

Eventually, they realized that they didn’t have to settle. If they weren’t happy, then they needed to make a change!

They continued, “When I figured this out, I found the man of my dreams, had a kid in my late late 30’s, dropped my entire career in my late 40’s and starting a new one at 50 and it’s awesome.”

That’s really inspiring, isn’t it?

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