*BEWARE – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!*
If you are anything like me, I sit on the edge of my seat every week waiting for the next instalment of the hit series Game of Thrones. With all the gripping tales, interlinking story lines and the fact that the gorgeous Jon Snow (played by Kit Harrington) is one of the only cute guys left alive, is it any surprise that this series has become an international phenomenon?
So what can we all learn from Game of Thrones? Here are ten things to help us live a much happier and longer life than some of our favourite characters on Game of Thrones.
Those who know nothing live the longest (Jon Snow/Ygritte)
Reduce stress by remaining ignorant to everything around you. You’ll live longer. Just look at Jon Snow.
Never betray your nearest and dearest (Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi/Jorah Mormont)
Betray those closest to you and be prepared to cop their wrath and be shunned by everyone. The Khaleesi’s longest friend and advisor is a good example of what not to do.
What goes around comes around (King Joffrey Baratheon)
Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Joffrey performed the most evil acts and he reaped what he sowed by dying a painful death at this own wedding.
Always watch what the other hand is doing (Jaime Lannister)
If someone is distracting you, they are doing it for a reason. Look closely or they might just be taking something that is important to you. Jaime Lannister, a skilled swordsman, lost one of his most valuable assets – his left hand.
Don’t go back on your word (Robb Stark)
There is nothing worse than not following through on a promise. If you can no longer commit, at least explain your reasons first. Robb Stark didn’t and got himself, his mother and his pregnant wife brutally killed.
Passionate romances can be ‘short’ lived (Tyrian Lannister)
Don’t rush love, it is not a race. Take things slowly and learn as much as you can about your new love. If you don’t, it could all come crashing down around you like it did for Tyrian Lannister who was ultimately betrayed by his prostitute girlfriend.
Some people are just in it for themselves (Petyr Baelish, Littlefinger)
Unfortunately there are some people who are self-centred and only do things if there is something in it for them. We can’t avoid these people completely but it doesn’t mean we have to like them, does it Littlefinger?
Emotional abuse can break a person (Theon Greyjoy, Reek)
Fight fairly and don’t call people names. Long term emotional abuse can cause some people to have low self-esteem among other issues. Theon Greyjoy has been abused so much he doesn’t even know who he is anymore.
Never judge a book by its cover (Arya Stark)
Often those who appear to be the quietest, shyest or most fragile people are often those with the most inner strength and resilience. Arya Stark has surprised us all with her strength and ability to adapt to the drastic changes in her short life. Survival of the fittest.
Sometimes bad things happen to good people (Eddard Stark)
Unfortunately with every good thing that happens in life, there is a list just as long with all the bad things. That is part of life. It doesn’t matter how good you are, how nice you are, how positive you are – sometimes bad things happen to good people. Edd Stark lost his head for doing the right thing.
What lessons have you learnt from watching Game of Thrones?