I was on my way into town to do some shopping this morning and I saw this list printed in the Metro newspaper - apparently it's "according to a poll of the essential things for us to be happy." It goes on to say that the "average person is able to tick off just 8 of the 50." Thought I'd type it up here for thoughts. 1. Stop worrying about money 2. Stop worrying about what other people think 3. Take two holidays a year 4. Enjoy the little comforts 5. Experience different cultures 6. Work to live rather than live to work 7. Pay off all debts 8. Be true to yourself 9. Concentrate on what you have instead of what you don't have 10. Use money for fun rather than a rainy day 11. Make time for family and friends 12. Try all types of food 13. Find true love 14. Travel to at least 25 countries 15. Go outside more 16. Learn a new language 17. Be well thought of by family and friends 18. Help your family when they're in need 19. Lose 6kg (1st) in weight 20. Treat each day like it's your last 21. Visit all Britain's historical landmarks 22. Book an impulsive last-minute holiday 23. Volunteer for a charity 24. Take up a challenge 25. Go on safari 26. Blow money shopping 27. Learn a new instrument 28. Be married for longer than 20 years 29. Save money for your grandchildren to enjoy 30. Start a family 31. Earn more than your age 32. Have a pet 33. Drive a really fast car 34. Travel alone 35. Keep children on the straight and narrow 36. Meet strangers 37. Move away from home in an unfamiliar place 38. Have a one-night stand 39. Pass your driving test 40. Get a degree 41. Rescue someone so you're a hero for a while 42. Date someone exciting but completely wrong 43. Get a promotion 44. Teach your career peak by 40 45. Have an all-night drinking session 46. Perform something on stage in front of others 47. Snog a stranger 48. Plan a surprise party 49. Embark on adrenaline-packed activities such as bungee jumping 50. Keep young by spending time with children Well...I've done 8. Guess that makes me the average person. I can understand some of those things. Some are a lot easier said than done. Some are impossible for certain people. There seems to be an emphasis on doing things for yourself, which is a good mentality to have but isn't always possible given a person's state of mind.