1) Helpfulness - to improve the world and help the most people possible
2) Happiness - to feel personal fulfilled and happy.
3) Health - to have a long and healthy life.
I call it the 3H system. Health and happiness are pretty standard goals that many people have and accomplish, but very few people have the goal of helpfulness as one of their top goals. I am extremely compelled to help others and help as many others as possible. It’s my first objective in life and I take it seriously. I am looking to meet people who have the same goals and we can accomplish them together.
Why these goals?
1) Why Helpfulness?
Basically arguments like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onsIdBanynY and this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNxcylWLEH8 I find very compelling. I do not like to see others suffer in the world and view all lives as equal. It’s hard for me to imagine spending time or money to make myself slightly happier when I could help hundreds of others far more with the same amount of resources.
2) Why Happiness?
When I say happiness I mean happiness in the broadest sense of the word including joy, bliss or any other really positive emotion. I think fundamentally most people value their own happiness it is what makes life worth living. A big difference between me and other people maximising happiness, is many people get caught up in intermediate metrics (e.g. I should make as much money as possible because this will make me happier), whileI try to spend resources on things that are scientifically proven to make you happier. http://my.happify.com/public/science-behind-happify/
3) Why Health?
Other than health directly affecting my other two goals (being healthy makes you both happier and more productive), health allows me to live longer which allows me to experience more of everything. Setting it as a fundamental value has also makes me prioritize it higher than I would otherwise.
How am I accomplishing my goals? I should put citations for these and might one day when I get the time.
1) Accomplishing helpfulness
Work: Founding and running a charity www.charityscience.com
Spending: Donating (90%+) of my money to effective charities www.givewell.org
Eating: ethically vegan http://www.chooseveg.com/animals
Spare time: watching documentaries, TED talks and reading research
2) Accomplishing Happiness
Social: Focusing on relationship, friendships and generally having strong connections
Spending: Not caring about money. Living minimalistically and frugally
Altruism: helping others, both locally and globally
Spare time: doing time/money effective happiness inducing activities
3) Accomplishing Health
Exercise: Going on long walks (basically low intensity long duration cardio)
Diet: Eating food, not to much, mostly plants.
Stress: learning to mediate - which has a surprisingly strong evidence base.
Habits: Don’t have many bad habits (e.g. smoking, drugs or drinking).