good life

Essay by timeisuselessJunior High, 9th gradeB-, November 2014

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! Living Versus Existing

Irish writer and poet, Oscar Wilde, once said "To live is the rarest thing in the world.

Most people exist, that is all." To many, living the "good life" would mean being successful,

having a sustainable career, getting married, or even having children. To me, living life to its

fullest means to be honest, have an excellent work ethic and to maintain strong relationships with

friends and family. In order to achieve these goals one must posses qualities such as loyalty,

responsibility, truthfulness and having the strength to never give up. Altogether, these objectives

are what should be important to live a happy and successful life.

Foremost, having an honest lifestyle and being honest to yourself and others is a vital part

of living a happy life. If a person is honest, they allow themselves to build trustworthy and

fulfilling relationships with peers, friends, family members, co-workers and classmates. In 1894,

Mark Twain noted, "If you tell the truth you do not have to remember anything." Twain

expressed that when a person tells a lie, they are burdened with the obligation of remembering

the details of their fiction. Moreover, not having to lie continuously can reduce stress by

eliminating any responsibility to carry on lies. Being dishonest requires a person to pay more

attention to details and have the ability to remember past lies. People who are more honest are

able to feel less overwhelmed and relaxed. Above all, people have a moral obligation to be

honest and truthful to one another.

In addition to being honest, a good work ethic is an important skill to maintain in order to

have a fulfilling life. To have an excellent work ethic means to possess a positive attitude


towards work and a willingness to complete difficult tasks.