58 Ways to Keep Yourself Miserable

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Waste time sitting on the couch.
  3. Try to please everyone.
  4. Don’t question anything. Take everything at face value.
  5. Do things just because “that’s the way things are.”
  6. Keep your idea just an idea in your head.
  7. Wonder “what if?”
  8. Tell yourself that you can do it better but have nothing to show for it.
  9. Give people advice but never take any of your own because you’re “better than that.”
  10. Complain about everything but do nothing about it.
  11. Keep being the victim.
  12. Think everything is non-negotiable.
  13. Think that a certain situation will never change; that this is the way things will always be.
  14. Never take responsibility for yourself, your actions, or your future.
  15. Blame it on the economy.
  16. Say you don’t have enough time, enough money, or enough of something else.
  17. Keep saying “I wish.”
  18. Keep fighting other people’s battles.
  19. Take it personal.
  20. Don’t take risks.
  21. Think that rules aren’t meant to be broken.
  22. Make excuses.
  23. Stay in your comfort zone.
  24. Don’t ever leave your house.
  25. Don’t ever leave the country you live in.
  26. Keep a closed mind.
  27. Think that your way is the only way.
  28. Give up when things get tough.
  29. Don’t see things through.
  30. Try every get-rich-quick scheme and get pissed when it doesn’t work out.
  31. Give up.
  32. Fail but don’t learn anything from it.
  33. Think it’ll be easy.
  34. Don’t make plans.
  35. Don’t think there will be any set-backs.
  36. Don’t try anything new.
  37. Don’t stir things up.
  38. Look to others for acceptance, motivation, and approval.
  39. Have a negative mindset.
  40. Be around negative people.
  41. Always do what you’re told.
  42. Listen to people who are less successful than you.
  43. Be afraid to make mistakes.
  44. Keep making the same mistake but don’t learn anything from it.
  45. Be fake so you don’t upset anyone.
  46. Make someone happy even though it’ll make you miserable.
  47. Trade a paycheck for your happiness.
  48. Give up before you even start.
  49. Don’t give yourself a chance.
  50. Keep putting things off.
  51. Wait for things to be perfect.
  52. Try to be perfect.
  53. Think you aren’t “good enough.”
  54. # everything.
  55. Always ask for permission.
  56. Let fear and greed dictate your actions.
  57. Go through with something because “you’re supposed to.”
  58. Live your life according to the expectations of others.

Anything else you’d like to add?


  1. Sleep all day.
    Don’t go outside for sunshine.
    Don’t exercise.
    Don’t work.
    Don’t have goals and dreams.
    Don’t give anything of meaning or value to others.


    • Nice! I like it Carolyn. Thanks for sharing! So basically taking action and doing something that brings you closer to a goal (of course you need a goal in the first place) will be the cure?


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