How to Live - 13 Helpful Pieces of Advice

I have recently finished reading Reasons to Stay Alive by the wonderful Matt Haig. Heartbreakingly beautiful, and incredibly needed, Matt tells his story of living with depression and anxiety. Whether you have suffered from mental health issues or not, you would be a fool not to let this book into your life.

At the end of the book, Matt writes a list. He likes lists, much as I do. This particular list is entitled How to live (forty pieces of advice I feel to be helpful but which I don't always follow) and although I encourage you to all go and buy this book, I equally wanted to share my favourite 'pieces of advice' from this extract with you now, right here . It may help, you see.

There's forty, but forty could be breaching copyright. So here's 13 of them.


1. Be gentle with yourself. Work less. Sleep more.

2. There is absolutely nothing in the past that you can change. That's basic physics.

3. Listen more than you talk

4. Be aware that you are breathing.

5. Hate is a pointless emotion to have inside you.

6. Be kind.

7. Understand that thoughts are thoughts. If they are unreasonable, reason with them, even if you have no reason left. You are the observer of your mind, not its victim.

8. Look at trees. Be near trees. Plant trees.

9. If someone loves you, let them. Believe in that love. Live for them, even when you feel there is no point.

10. You don't need the world to understand you. It's fine. Some people will never really understand things they haven't experience. Some will. Be grateful.

11. Three in the morning is never the time to try and sort your life out.

12. If the sun is shining, and you can be outside, be outside.

13. Remember that the key thing about life on earth is change. Cars rust. Paper yellows. Technology dates. Caterpillars become butterflies. Nights morph into days. Depression lifts.

Great pieces of advice from a Great human being. I hope these resonated with you as they did me.

Have a wonderful day, my little mounds of stardust x

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