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12 Rules for Life

Jordan B. Peterson

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Life is hard. In 12 Rules for Life, psychologist Jordan B. Peterson provides us with a set of principles to find meaning in the challenges of human existence.

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12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life

by Jordan B. Peterson

Overview

Life inevitably involves suffering, and to make suffering bearable, we must believe that it has purpose or will be worth it. A purpose won't necessarily bring happiness, but it will bring a sense of meaning.

Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist, YouTube personality, and author. In 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Peterson presents principles that he regards as foundational to a meaningful and satisfying life.

The 12 rules include standing up straight, helping yourself, not comparing yourself to others, pursuing meaning, and finding the right friends. Peterson encourages better treatment of others in always assuming people have something to offer and striving not to lie or excessively criticize. Parenting advice comes in Peterson's rule to never let your children do things that make you dislike them. Other rules are simple, like speaking precisely, or humorous, like always petting cats on the street and never bothering skateboarding children.

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It's all very well to think the meaning of life is happiness, but what happens when you're unhappy? Happiness is a great side effect. When it comes, accept it gratefully. But it's fleeting and unpredictable.

- Jordan B. Peterson

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