The underlying principle of this tool involves adjusting your definition of happiness and wellbeing to include the people around you and your future self, then making choices based on that definition. Think about who you want to be in a year, ten years, or even a hundred years—how do your choices today impact you in those years? Similarly, how are those choices affecting your family, friends, city, country, or world?
By using those parameters, you can learn to make better decisions that will positively impact everyone’s future.
Sometimes these choices are small, like making your bed in the morning. You may not want to make it because you just want to get started on your day. But when you go to bed in the evening, you may wish you had made it earlier in the day because now you’re tired and don’t feel like making it, but you know you will rest better if it is made.
At other times, the decisions may have consequences that take a longer time to face. If you eat too much ice cream today, you may not see a difference in your weight the next day. But if you continue to overindulge in it, you will eventually see your weight increase.
But remember, your actions are not limited to you. If you throw trash into the street, you’re contributing to a pollution problem that can plague your city in the future.