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Personal Life Philosophy

Sometimes you need to talk to a three year old just so you can understand life again.  (Power of Positivity)

In my research for writing this paper I decided to look up some influential people and find their life philosophies.   I decided to look up Steve Jobs, Neil degrasse Tyson and JK Rowling.  It was interesting to see the difference in opinions as well as what values they held. I picked Steve Jobs his quotes kept popping up when I  was doing my research online.  I loved all of the quotes from Steve Jobs, but my very favorite was “Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice”.  (  I really need to apply this more in my life.    Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my all time favorite astrophysicist.  He caused a bit of chaos in dismissing philosophy as a useless empire and advised bright students to stay away from it (  I was a bit taken back by his statement.    He did state however that  he is driven by two main philosophies.  1. Know more today about the world than i knew yesterday and 2.  Lesson the suffering of others.  You would be surprised by how far that gets you. I really have to agree with him on his thinking . If more people applied this in life, society would be far better off.  (   JK Rowling’s rags to riches story has always been inspirational to me.  She is one classy lady and a heck of a brilliant writer.  (guess i’m a tad bias here lol) Her outlook was “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better (  I honestly could have spent several more hours just researching people and how they view the world. It was way to interesting.

My Personal Life Philosophy

I would like to think of myself as a good person.  I believe empathy, honesty and kindness will get you far in life.  I also believe that continuing to learn, being diverse and having compassion helps as well.  While everyone has a different take on values, our differences help complete the overall picture of life.  These are the values I that a feel are the most important.


Empathy for me was my most important value.  I have always been able to understand and feel what someone might be going through.  In my research I found out that there are two types of empathy.  Affective and Cognitive.  Affective refers to the feeling we get in response to others emotions. This can include mirroring what someone else is feeling or being stressed when we can detect another’s fear or anxiety.  Congestion is often referred to as the ability to identify and understand other’s emotions.  People with Autism have a hard time empathizing.  I tend to lean more towards the Affective but i am Cognitive as well.  Learned something new!  (


“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up” -Bernard Meltzer

Compassion literally means “to suffer together”.  Research has shown that when we feel compassion, our heart rate slows down, we secrete a bonding hormone which often results in wanting to help others.  Altruism is the kind, selfless behavior often prompted by compassion.  I have been told by several family members that i have always had this value (even as a little girl), and that it’s one of my best qualities.  (


Kindness seems to be pretty straight forward.  I am a big believer in what energy you give out is the energy you acquire back.  If you do right by others it will circle back to you.  My aunt used to tell me as a child I wanted to be friends with everyone.  If someone didn’t like me I always had to know why.  To this day i am still this way.  It has taken me half my life to understand that not everyone is going to like me, and that’s ok.  It is their problem and not a flaw with me.  Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness, animals included. (


Honesty is about being real with yourself and others about who you are, what you want and what you need to live your most authentic life.  Honesty is always the best policy.  While it has gotten me into trouble in the past i still feel it was the right approach to take.  There is one thing that i just won’t tolerate and that’s being lied to.  I feel that by lying to me you are pretty much insulting my intelligence.  This is the biggest reason I am unable to communicate with my mom.  The damage that she has caused over the years with family members will never be fixed.  It’s nice to know that my family will not hold a grudge with me over her actions.  It’s just always better for your wellbeing if you are honest and straightforward. Respectable and admired behavior is always carried out with honesty.

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” Thomas Jefferson (

Out of all the articles i went though, this quote was my very favorite.

“Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything”.  Imam Ali


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