April Links: How to Get More Out of Life

April’s links are all about you. How can you get more out of life? How might you be happier? What stories are really worth your attention?

The Anti-Bucket List
Most of us have a bucket list tucked away somewhere. But do these lists encourage us to focus on the wrong things instead of what’s right in front of us? As Leo Babauta writes, “Why put pressure on ourselves to achieve a huge list of things that aren’t that meaningful? Why feel guilty if we’re not pursuing them? Why not let them go? Life isn’t a big to-do list, nor is it about optimizing all the things we do in life.”

The Simple Secrets to Happiness
We don’t often think about it, but the little things we do every day add up and have a bigger impact than the things we do only once in a while. As a result, the habits we choose to form (or to break) may lead to greater happiness. Even better, these habits don’t need to be big changes for us to see the results.

Important Stories Worth Paying Attention To
I spend time telling you to ignore a lot of stories, but Morgan Housel from the Motley Fool pulled together a smart list of topics that are worth our attention. Even better, he puts these stories in context to help you understand why they’re important.

Someone is Always Outperforming Your Portfolio
It’s tempting to assume that if someone somewhere is doing better than us with their investments, we should make a change. But this assumption skips over what’s really important: our goals. If our financial plans are helping us meet our goals, why would we switch to someone else’s plan that doesn’t have anything to do with our goals?

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