Matt is no stranger to tragedy. It made him re-evaluate what makes a person happy in life. A combination of factors are important:

Mind

  • You need to be learning something. If you aren’t learning something, you’re are forgetting something else. Always try something new. Keep at it until you’re decent. Ask yourself, “Do I like doing X?” If so, stick with it. That’s your new hobby. Get better. If not, pick a new hobby. Go nuts.

Body

  • You don’t have to be a body-builder, but you need to stay active. Do you like being able to sit down on a toilet? Practice sitting and standing. Do you like being able to walk to the street in front of your house? You better work at that, too. It’s a matter of use it or lose it. I spent two months in a hospital bed. After that time, I couldn’t do anything. Now that I’m mostly recovered, I take special notice of the physical necessities. I do some light activity every day.

Soul

  • I’m a Christian. That’s all the preaching I’m gonna do. We are spiritual beings. To ignore the soul is to leave a hole in your personality. Study a religion. You’ll thank me later.

Emotion

  • As a person who has struggled with depression and anxiety, emotional health is important! You could be a well-adjusted person in all other aspects of your life and be too depressed to get out of bed. That’s no good. If you have tried everything you can try, see a medical professional. It’s serious and nothing to be embarrassed about. The first question is, “Have you tried all the things?” If you are grappling with mental illness, it is hard to try the things. If you find yourself at this point, medical intervention is necessary.

Wealth

  • Money is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a brick. A brick can be used for good or evil. It depends on what you want to do with that brick. Do you have enough bricks to build something? Are you living brick to brick? Do you have enough bricks to build anything?

You will find a wide spectrum of articles here. These are all things that worked for me and advice I have collected over my last 40+ years.

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