Scott's recipe for happiness, condensed:
Healthy diet -> Energy -> Exercise -> More energy -> Learn new skills -> Flexible schedule
"Goals are for losers and systems are for winners"
Forcing yourself to do something, for example to eat right, or to exercise, takes a lot of willpower. The trick is to set up yourself and your environment, so the things that you want to achieve come without effort. How to do that? For eating: you could stack your fridge with healthy foods, use spices to make them taste great. For exercise: you need a routine - exercise must be done every day and must be pleasant. You should not overdo it the first day, and then be in pain for a few days.
I grew up in an environment that was setup for more healthy living:
- The pantry with the best food (sweets, sausages) was locked. My snacks were carrots and apples.
- I walked to school, shops, church. I took a train when going farther away.
- I played with other kids in the streets, in a park, and on school grounds.