First Systematic Study Of The Advice People Would Give To Their Younger Selves

If I were to give advice to my younger self, I’d first tell myself that this society is shitty and evil. Acknowledge it and accept it, but don’t dwell upon it.

Don’t waste your energy on useless fights. Relax. You’re not going to save the world. We are all doomed, civilization is likely to collapse, and so do the best while you’re here. Try to be a good person and try to be kind, but don’t beat yourself up about it. You’re only human. The deck is stacked against you. You will fail again and again and again. Don’t worry about it. Lower your expectations. Keep it simple. Stay focused. Figure out what matters most and what doesn’t. Do what you can and ignore the rest.

Prioritize what is within your power, such as diet. Ignore the authorities who are either ignorant or lying to you. Go straight to a ketogenic diet. Cut out the industrially processed foods with refined carbs, added sugars, industrial vegetable oils, and long lists of additives. All that crap is slowly killing you. And, yes, sugar is an addictive drug. Instead, eat as much nutrient-dense foods as possible. Spend your money on quality food.

Also, exercise. Get outside. Feel the sunshine. Go for long walks. Enjoy nature. Breathe the clean air. Take care of yourself. Avoid stress and, when necessary, find means of escape from your problems. Don’t worry, your problems will still be there tomorrow. If you’re not healthy, everything else will be much worse. If you don’t feel good in your own body and mind, all of life will be a constant struggle. Take care of the foundations before attempting to build upon them.

Last but not least, find good friends and, as with family, hold onto them. Know who you can trust when everything goes wrong, know who will have your back, know who will help you when no one else will. A trustworthy relationship is of immense value. It’s impossible to get by without help from others. Gather your tribe around you. Prepare for the long haul.

All in all, life isn’t always that bad. Keep your mind open. Let curiosity and wonder be your guide. And never be afraid to look into the darkness. The world can be an amazing place, often in ways unexpected. Don’t let suffering close down your heart. Remember that others are suffering too. Treat others as you’d like to be treated. Do what good you can do in your small corner of the world.

Oh, by the way, ignore all the bullshit advice from so many others. It will fuck you up in the head. Quickly learn to be discerning.

Research Digest

ByChristian Jarrett

The question is an old favourite – if you could travel back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self? Yet despite the popularity of this thought experiment, no one has, until now, actually studied what people would tell themselves.

Reporting their findings in The Journal of Social Psychology Robin Kowalski and Annie McCord at Clemson University have done just that in two surveys of hundreds of participants on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website. Their findings show that people’s advice to their younger selves is overwhelmingly focused on prior relationships, educational opportunities and personal worth, echoing similar results derived from research into people’s most common regrets in life. Moreover, participants who said they had followed the advice they would give to their younger selves were more likely to say that they had become the kind of person that their younger self would admire. “…[W]e should…

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