In total contrast to the life-affirming dedication which made Nick Musgrove a pivot of my university's community until his untimely death (see previous blog entry), you could adopt the Philip Larkin Self-Help Mantra. It works for me!
The only good life
is to live in some sodding seedy city
and keep yr gob shut
and be unhappy
I shall post it on my office door. Preferably in Comic Sans so that nobody ever knocks.