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10 People Share Their Methods For Totally Nailing Adulthood

Living well doesn't have to be hard.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their secrets to nailing this whole "being an adult" thing — and they delivered the goods.

1. Travel smart(er).

2. Find fun in the work.

"My apartment was never consistently clean…until I discovered audiobooks. I only listen to them when I'm cleaning or working out. It feels AWESOME to finish a good book and then look around and notice that my body has been productive while my mind was occupied."


3. Take care of someone other than yourself.

4. Try volunteering (seriously).

"Take time to give back to the world and people around you. Find your cause (or causes) and dedicate real time to making a lasting impact on your community. Make it your duty to support others in reaching their goals too — choosing kindness and lifting others is a major mark of maturity and #adulting."


5. Be smart about money.

6. Work for what you want.

"Never stop learning! When you are young, you change very rapidly, but as you get older, changes in one's personalities and interests evolve slowly. Always follow your urges to learn or try something new."


7. Work out your way.

8. Set achievable goals.

"Get organized with your goal setting. Set a goal, make sure it is achievable, set an end date, and find a way to visibly track your daily/weekly progress of reaching that goal. When you can see your progress, you are able to keep yourself motivated."


9. Don't underestimate sleep.

10. And enjoy the ride.

"Surround yourself with joy. You need people to laugh, cry, and eat good food with. Animals to love and be loved by unconditionally. Quiet moments to hear the natural world.

"Recognize moments of serenity and contentment. These tend to be fleeting, but you can piece together a lifetime of joy if you just pay attention."


New York Life helps you take control of the little things in life so you can enjoy the big things. That’s being good at life.

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