Mike, 72, summed up his principles for a happy and healthy life in 10 succinct points.
1. My father told me always to be honest. If you are honest you never have to remember what you said.
2. Another aphorism is to reach for the stars. You may not get there, but you might reach the moon.
3. You only have one chance to make a first impression. In the first conference meeting with my colleagues I made an astute observation which impressed everyone. After that, no matter how stupid my comments were, I was still viewed as knowledgeable. If it had been the other way, my opinions would be somewhat suspect for a long time.
4. Don’t let little things bother you. Most everything is a little thing.
5. Be cheerful. Nobody likes a sourpuss. (Nor do they like saccharine sweetness.)
6. Remember Aristotle and search for the golden mean between extremes.
7. Vote. You are partially to blame if the wrong candidate gets elected.
8. Organize your life. It’s much easier to remember where you put things.
9. Be spiritual. But don’t force your spirituality on others. There are many pathways to truth.
10. Re-evaluate your life periodically. But don’t obsess if it doesn’t turn out the way you expected. Surprises occur all too often.