Little reminders and suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life

  • Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
  • Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  • Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
  • Don't waste time learning the "tricks of the trade." Instead, learn the trade.
  • Hug children after you discipline them.
  • Give to charity all the clothes you haven't worn during the past three years.
  • Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come ninety percent of all your happiness or misery.
  • Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.
  • Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
  • Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
  • Skip one meal a week and give what you would have spent to a street person.
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection.
  • Take time to smell the roses.
  • Never cut what can be untied.
  • Lie on your back and look at the stars.
  • Leave everything a little better than you found it.
  • Remember that a successful marriage depends on two things:(1) finding the right person and (2) being the right person.
  • Street musicians are a treasure. Stop for a moment and listen; then leave a small donation.
  • Focus on making things better, not bigger.
  • Select a doctor your own age so that you can grow old together.
  • Tape record your parent's laughter.
  • Send your loved one flowers. Think of a reason later.
  • Never admit at work that you're tired, angry, or bored.
  • Cherish your children for what they are, not for what you'd like them to be.
  • Don't postpone joy.

From "Life's Little Instruction Book" by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Special thanks to Carlos Bichai for this submission.


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