I used to believe in delaying gratification until I’d solved a certain amount of “problems,” and that upon doing so, I’d reach financial freedom/enlightenment/flow state/whatever. 

Then I saw people who, despite their lack of “problems,” were still miserable.  I realized there’s no reason to delay gratification, and that having a “problem” to solve is actually a gift, and that the ultimate luxury isn’t lazing around or wallowing in permanent bliss, but using discipline and strategy to trade in my current problems for a more interesting set. 

That way, life becomes a game and not a prison.

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  1. Ok life is not a problem solving game. It’s not a game at all. Life is permanent Aiming to the happiness. Problems not stoping you from being happe, and solving them not guarantee a happiness 🙂

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    • I disagree. I actually think that life is happiest when viewed as a problem-solving game where we can take on new levels and challenges. Not only is it practical, it triggers the reward circuits built into us that encourage the use of our human gifts (the faculties to employ strategy and intellect) to garner achievement and spread it out among the collective. When life is viewed as a game, it also acknowledges the transient nature of existence. Everything fades, the universe is unimaginably vast, so “life as a game” is the most sensible and enjoyable paradigm we can currently employ.


      • Ok, you just like developing yourself, and You feel joy when you take rewards. Do you speak with someone who louse that game? Do you know how to conquer depresion? To that moment taht joy will be happines to you. I don’t wonna you find out that moment, but in depresion you just dont wonna take challenges. Understending of life, also knowledge how to find happiness and whit that finding joy in life is crucial in lowest moment, but in my opinion also interesting for people who don’t have so big problems. In game alweys one (group) win and others lose. In life everyone can be happy, many just don’t know how. So i accept your point of view as motivation training, but… I just had many discussions about that game dialog system in political marketing mechanics, so i don’t personally like that. I know sometimes it can help, but at the end somtimes it bring madness. Joy and happiness is not the same. But it easier to be happy when you find joy, thats all.

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      • In my opinion, life is a game whether you like it or not. It consistently challenges us, even to do things as seemingly insignificant as putting food in our bellies.

        When we rise to the occasion and ascend to different levels of the game, tackling greater levels of complexity and spreading those rewards to the collective, then by and large that seems to combat depression. Me and depression are old friends. Yes, it’s true that no one wants to conquer a challenge when they’re depressed, but doing what you can and applying yourself in the middle of depression (which starts with cleaning up diet and addressing chemical imbalances to make sure dopamine and serotonin are at healthy levels, in my opinion) is EXACTLY what has helped me in the past.


      • All successful people are surrounded by other successful people. Maybe not in the same field and not in the same way. But they’re all wonderful and inspiring people. They’re humble, even though they know their worth. And they’re giving out more than they’re getting back. Well, actually that’s it. Successful people give. That’s what they do, that’s how they function. That’s what makes them plentiful and resourceful.

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