HIMYM: Life Lessons We Can Learn From Barney

Barney Stinson may be a caricature in How I Met Your Mother, but his story on the show can teach fans some important things

Challenges Are Exciting, Not Scary

Any time Barney is faced with a challenge, he gladly accepts it by belting out “challenge accepted!”. Often, no one has even brought up a challenge of any sort, but Barney rushes to accept it anyway. Enthusiastic, driven, and competitive, Barney is the person we should emulate any time we are faced with an obstacle in life.

Dress To Impress

Suit up!”, Barney tells Ted. While it’s not exactly necessary to wear a suit anywhere, Barney does have a point. People often make judgments based on first impressions, so it’s important to always look sharp. We can’t all look flawless in each and every photo someone takes of us like Barney does, but at least we can dress nicely.

Don’t Lie To Your Parents

In Attempts to make his mother happy, Barney hired a fake wife and son to accompany him to family dinners. The fact that he can’t even be honest with his own liberal and forward-thinking mother is one of the saddest things about Barney. When she finds out that Barney has been lying to her all along, she is relieved as she never liked her “grandson” and “daughter-in-law” anyway.

Help Your Friends When They Need It

Ted might be agreeable and down to earth, but when it comes to friendships, Barney is actually a better guy than Ted. When Marshall and Lily were breaking up, he flew to San Francisco to get Lily back. He got Marshall a job when he was financially struggling and helped Robin record an awesome CV. If it wasn’t for Barney, Ted would never work on the GNB skyscraper, which is a pretty big deal.

Barney refuses to take any credit, though. He expects nothing in return at all. He might act egotistical at times, but he is actually the most selfless character of them all.

Be Willing To Grow And Change

Barney from season 1 is a guy who likes one-night stands, laser tag, and keeping things to himself. Of all the characters on the show, he does the most growing and changing. Ted couldn’t make up his mind about who he loves for the most part and even after meeting the infamous mother, he ends up right back with Robin.

Confront Your Childhood Issues

Barney grew up without a father and he always felt empty because of it. He even convinced himself that Bob Barker is his father just to numb the pain. After being caught touching things in the Natural History Museum with Robin, Barney finds out that his biological father is alive and well.


Don’t Let Go Of Your Inner Child

It might seem childish that Barney loves to play laser tag – he sure is mocked for it by his friend group from time to time. But Barney is onto something here. It is crucial for our well being to nurture the playful, curious, and child-like side of us. Every time he manages to bring someone along, be it Ted, Robin or Robin’s father, everybody gets really invested in the game. Barney takes it the most seriously, though. In “Murtaugh”, he gets really aggressive towards the kids who play there and ends up TPing the place.

Some might call Barney’s obsession with playing a game immature and ridiculous. It’s those people that need to reconnect with their inner child the most.


Money Won’t Buy You Happiness

Barney works at a corporation and the running joke is that he doesn’t actually do anything there. Doing things gets you fired. Barney has a high paycheck and lives in a man-cave of a condo. Ted’s apartment is among the most financially unrealistic ones in the history of sitcoms, but there are no qualms whatsoever about how Barney affords his swanky flat and the huge flat screen TV.

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