3 Keys to The Good Life



“Many people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they are 75.” — Benjamin Franklin

I’ve been asking people what their definition is of The Good Life.

I think it’s important, so you know what it is when you’ve got it, or you know what is is that you’re chasing, so you can make smarter choices.

3 Keys to Living the Good Life

At dinner the other night, a friend of mine put the good life in very simple terms:

  1. Freedom to spend more time in your values.
  2. Freedom to spend more time in your priorities.
  3. You know what you want.

It’s surprisingly simple and surprisingly true, especially the more you move up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

It also resonates perfectly with one of my mentor’s cutting question to guide my career:

“What do you want to spend more time doing?”

Here’s to living YOUR Good Life.


  1. Hey JD,

    I know the good life is a concept often used in positive psychology, one of my favorite disciplines. But to find the good life, we must move beyond doing what we simply like, what gives us pleasure, and do things which like you say, align with our values and make life meaningful. This sense of meaning is the ultimate thing to aim for.

  2. Hey Eduard

    I agree — making meaning and getting on path are keys to the good life.

    It reminds me of my favorite Covey quote on discipline, ““Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites, and passions.”

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