Very nice article by Late Khushwant Singh.
Preserve this .

How To Live & Die
I’ve often thought about what it is that
makes people happy—what one has to
do in order to achieve happiness.


1- First and foremost is good health.
If you do not enjoy good health, you can
never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial,
will deduct something from your happiness.


2- Second, a healthy bank balance.
It need not run into crores, but it should be
enough to provide for comforts, and there should
be something to spare for recreation—
eating out, going to the movies, travel and
holidays in the hills or by the sea.


Shortage of money can be demoralising.
Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and
lowers one in one’s own eyes.


3- Third, your own home. Rented places can never
give you the comfort or security of a home that
is yours for keeps. If it has garden space,
all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers,
see them grow and blossom, and cultivate a
sense of kinship with them.


4- Fourth, an understanding companion,
be it your spouse or a girlfriend or a best friend.
If you have too many misunderstandings,
it robs you of your peace of mind. It is better
to accept the differences than to be quarrelling
all the time.


5- Fifth, stop envying those who have done
better than you in life—risen higher, made more
money, or earned more fame. Envy can be corroding;
avoid comparing yourself with others.


6- Sixth, do not allow people to descend on
you for gossip. By the time you get rid of them,
you will feel exhausted and poisoned by
their gossip-mongering.


7- Seventh, cultivate a hobby or two that
will fulfill you—gardening, reading, writing,
painting, playing or listening to music.
Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks,
or to meet celebrities, is a criminal waste of time.
It’s important to concentrate on something
that keeps you occupied meaningfully.


8- Eighth, every morning and evening devote
20 minutes to meditation or introspection.
In the mornings, 10 minutes should be spent
in keeping the mind absolutely still, and five
listing the things you have to do that day.
In the evenings, five minutes should be set aside
to keep the mind still and 10 to go over the tasks
you had intended to do.


9- Ninth, don’t lose your temper. Try not to
be short-tempered, or vengeful. Even when a
friend has been rude, just move on.


10- Above all, when the time comes to go,
one should go like a Person without any
regret or grievance against anyone.
It is not just a forward but means a lot .