1) You cannot control time. You can certainly manage it well and, more importantly, enjoy it as best as possible whilst you can. Life is indeed short, but if that is all you are concerned with you will find that you will spend most of your time thinking about how old you are and how much time you may possibly have left, and also about past mistakes and regrets (see tip 2.). Think more about the here and now and how beautiful and amazing the world and all creation is. It may be buried under some pretty terrible things at times, but it is there and most definitely worth fighting for.
2) We all make mistakes and have problems to deal with. Don’t sweat it! Think about the very worst that could happen in a certain situation and if the results are you or somebody else dying, that is all you should really be worried about. If you are still breathing and alive you’ll deal with it, and most of the time you do not have to deal these with things alone…
3) …Do not ever feel restricted or alone. We are creatures who find comfort and belonging in groups, and by communicating about our experiences, knowledge and problems within those groups we can find happiness and health (see tip 5.). Thanks to the wonders of the modern age these groups no longer have to be located in your same town, city or even same country. Sure, there are some mixed-up and sometimes just not very nice people out there, but most of the time people are just the same as you and I. Full of insecurities and doubt. NOBODY is perfect.
4) Live life how you want to and be happy (see tip 5.). Some people may be lucky enough to travel the world and experience extraordinary things. Don’t ever measure yourself against anybody else (unless you are competing against someone, then it might be beneficial) including (and especially) your family. You are unique. You are a product of your upbringing to a certain extent, but that should not define who you are. Your individuality is one of the most important things you possess, do not ever give it up! Even when trying to fit within a group (see tip 3.).
5) Learn to be happy for the sake of being happy. That may not much make sense to some people, as it once did not to me. I used to think happiness was based on success, wealth and achievement, and yes they can be factors in your happiness, but don’t let those things consume you. True happiness comes from inside! Try finding a memory that makes you happy. You should feel a nice warmth and contentment. Wouldn’t it be great if you could feel like that all the time? Well who is stopping you? Smile. Breathe in & out. Feel happy. It’s actually proven very good for your health (many Eastern health practices, such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi Quong, are based on cultivating those energies as you can most definitely feel the effects of happiness on your body, as you can with stress and sadness which can leave you feeling ill) and it will add years onto your life (see tip 1.).
6) Exercise! Move around, dance, jump on a trampoline, go to the gym, go for a swim, go for a walk, ride a bike, do Yoga or even simple breathing exercises, whatever you need to do, just move about! We are designed to be active and our bodies are designed to move in pretty amazing ways. It is how we, and most other lifeforms, have managed to thrive. We are built to be successful hunters and gatherers, to climb trees and travel for great distances and survive. You don’t have to run or lift heavy weights, but you do have to move. Your body will thank you now and in later life for it and it will make you feel more happy (see tip 5. & 1.).
Peace, love, good luck and good health.