50 Things To Do Before You Die, Happily

Apparently, if you want to live a "full life," the most important elements are not worrying about money, and not worrying about what other people think of you.

Seriously, if I could never again worry about money or what other people thought of me, I'd be a happy ameobic blob, floating around the city of Toronto with bare feet, eating from the Smoke's Poutine truck and returning home to drink wine when the sun went down. OK, so that is the single person version of what I'd do. With kids it might look more like spending the entire day laying in my bikini in the wading pool with a book (complete disregard for adolescent lifeguard's disdain, of course...), rolling over once in a while, and returning home to drink wine when the children finally passed out in the grass. Anyway, you get the drift.

British researchers recently polled 2,000 English people about the behaviours and achievements they considered essential to happiness. The list is not as far-fetched as you'd think. Less "jump out of an airplane," more "have a pet" than I would have expected. Also interesting and affirming - the list is much more about experience than material possessions. So the goal of "not worrying about money" (living on poutine is optional) is not necessarily the same thing about never HAVING to worry about money. It's a state of mind, not a lottery win we're talking about.

Sadly, only 23% of those polled considered themselves to be living their lives to the fullest, despite the fact that they could specifically name the things that could make that happen.

The averaged person polled has done only 8 of these 50 things. Read the full list below & tell me how many YOU'VE done! 

Then, think about how you can choose 5 for this year that you can either achieve, or start planning to achieve. All night drinking session, anyone?....   ;)

1. Stop worrying about money

2. Stop worrying about what other people think

3. Take two holidays a year

4. Enjoy little comforts in life

5. Experience different cultures

6. Work to live rather than live to work

7. Pay off all debts

8. Be true to yourself

9. Concentrate on what you have instead of what you don’t have

10.Use money on experiences rather than saving for a rainy day

11. Make time for family and friends

12. Try all types of food

13. Find true love

14. Travel to at least 25 different foreign countries

15. Go outside more

16. Learn a new language

17. Be well thought of by family and friends

18. Help a member of your family out when they really need it

19. Lose a stone in weight

20. Treat each day like it’s your last

21. Visit all of Britain’s historical landmarks

22. Book an impulsive last minute holiday

23. Volunteer for a good cause

24. Take up a challenge

25. Go on safari

26. Blow a load of money in one shopping trip, just because you can

27. Learn a new instrument

28. Be married for longer than 20 years

29. Have enough money left for the grandchildren to enjoy

30. Start a family

31. Earn more than your age

32. Have a pet

33. Drive a really fast car

34. Travel alone

35. Be able to keep the kids on the straight and narrow

36. Meet strangers

37. Move away from home to an unfamiliar place

38. Have a one night stand

39. Pass your driving test

40. Get a degree

41. Rescue someone so that you’re a hero for a little while

42. Date someone exciting but completely wrong for you

43. Get a promotion

44. Reach the desired career peak by age 40

45. Have an all-night drinking session

46. Perform something on stage in front of others

47. Snog a stranger

48. Plan a surprise party

49. Embark on adrenaline packed activities such as sky diving or bungee jumping

50. Spend time with children even if they aren’t yours

How many of these have you done? Comment below! Plus, did they leave anything out?...