If I’d need you to sum up your life and present it to everyone, how’d you do that? With an article of over 10,000 words or with 100 photos of your life?

Come to think of it, we can describe much of our lives in simple line graphs.

For example, our height:


And when we fall asleep:


Which means this line graph is all over the place:


At least family life remains consistent (after our teens):


When it comes to drinking, the line graph gets a little more colorful:


And when we examine our blood pressure over the years, it’s spike after spike:


Plus, our careers also take a toll:


That’s why, when life gets too crazy, we need to curl up with a sure thing:


Children’s programming always lightens the mood too:


Even at our lowest, may we never do this (except once):


Still, plenty of life’s greatest truths have no timeline at all.


What’s true happiness?


Let’s try again.


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Which line graph resonates with you the most?

Danny Rubin is the creator and writer of News To Live By, a blog that highlights the career advice “hidden” in the day’s top stories. Danny’s columns, essentially, are life hacks. He shows us how any news story can actually make us better at our lives. Follow the blog @NewsToLiveBy or subscribe to the e-newsletter.

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