Richard Branson is one of the world’s top wealthiest businessmen. Having a net worth of $5.3 billion, he ranks as Britain’s seventh richest man. He is the founder and owner of Virgin group which operates more than 400 companies.

Before the start of 2018, Richard Branson published a blog on his website which contained a letter to ‘Dear Stranger’. His letter to stranger comprises of pieces of advice on overcoming mental health problems and secrets to being happy.

We are sharing three focal tips the letter contained.

1. Live in the moment.

According to many people, living in the moment and grasping your happiness out of it is the perfect way to feel content and satisfied. Richard feels the same way. Here’s an excerpt from his letter that you should definitely get framed:

“If you allow yourself to be in the moment, and appreciate the moment, happiness will follow … it’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness.

For me, it’s watching the flamingos fly across Necker Island at dusk. It’s holding my new grandchildren’s tiny hands. It’s looking up at the stars and dreaming of seeing them up close one day. It’s listening to my family’s dinner-time debates. It’s the smile on a stranger’s face, the smell of rain, the ripple of a wave, the wind across the sand. It’s the first snow fall of winter, and the last storm of summer.”

2. Make a ‘to be’ list.

Making a to-do list is a common practice. Most people start their New Year with a grand to-do list to achieve their goals for the year which is not a bad thing at all. But, Brandon believes that happiness comes from ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’.

“The world expects grandiose aspirations: ‘I want to be a writer, a doctor, the prime minister.’ But that’s all about doing, not being — and while doing will bring you moments of joy, it won’t necessarily reward you with lasting happiness. Stop and breathe. Be healthy. Be around your friends and family. Be there for someone, and let someone be there for you. Be bold. Just be for a minute.”

3. Make happiness your habit.

It is a common notion that people usually regard happiness as a goal. Brandon is highly critical of this approach, he argues that happiness can be easily achieved if we start making it a habit. Well, that sounds great, right?

“Happiness shouldn’t be a goal, it should be a habit. Take the focus off doing, and start being every day. Be loving, be grateful, be helpful, and be a spectator to your own thoughts.”

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