Family Philosophy: Our code for living


“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”


As of January our family has been trying to follow our updated philosophy of living. These principles guide our behaviour and inform our decisions.

12 Principles

  1. The purpose of life is to be happy.
  2. We actively form routines (and habits) that facilitate happiness.
  3. Sharing happiness multiplies it.
  4. Practice compassion and kindness. Most people are good and don’t mean to cause harm.
  5. Our freedom grows as our spending slows: Financial wealth is created by maximising the gap between what we earn and what we spend.
  6. The simplest solution is often best: Small is beautiful.
  7. We create or adapt to solve problems. Buying ready-made solutions from the marketplace is a cop out!
  8. From silence and stillness comes wisdom.
  9. We buy low harm goods (environment, people, and animals).
  10. You receive from life what you focus on most so focus your thought and energy on whatever you wish for. Focusing on what you wish to avoid only speeds it’s arrival to your door.
  11. Living in the past creates guilt. Living in the future anxiety. Enjoy mindfulness of the moment. Notice that the world is beautiful right now.
  12. If it isn’t working just let it go. Letting go is easier than clinging.

5 thoughts on “Family Philosophy: Our code for living

  1. Outstanding philosophy – that first one got me thinking quite a bit. I’ve never wanted to make that my life’s purpose, but more and more I’m realizing that it’s – at very least – way up there on the list of priorities.

    I was raised in a Judeo/Christian sort of household and was always taught that there’s a big difference between happiness and joy – what do you think?

    • Perhaps view all of your nurturing experiences (satisfaction, gratification, joy, enjoyment, contentment etc) for what it is = Happiness. If you focus on defining what type of tree you see in the foreground (semantics) you may miss beauty of the backdrop.

      • Hmm, what if I focus on defining both the backdrop and the tree? (:

        I’ll admit, left brain logic often gets in the way of the equally important right brain, especially in our “science-is-god” society. I prefer a balance of the two.


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