A few years ago, back when msn messenger was still a hit, a friend sent me a PDF file entitled “Life’s Little Instruction Book” and although I’ve posted some to facebook, but I still find it worth publishing. It made me think how many of those do I often apply in life? How many others will I consider doing?
The best ones I’ve read:
1- Compliment three people every day.
2- Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
3- Say “thank you” a lot.
4- Never mention being on a diet.
5- Have a firm handshake.
6- Look people in the eye.
7- Be the first to say, “Hello.”
8- Live beneath your means.
9- If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
10- Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
11- Take lots of snapshots.
12- Don’t waste time learning the “tricks of the trade.” Instead, learn the trade.
13- Keep a tight rein on your temper.
14- Make the best of bad situations.
15- Always accept an outstretched hand.
16- Use your wit to amuse, not abuse.
17- Remember that all news is biased.
18- Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
20- Make it a habit to do nice things for people who’ll never find out.
21- Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.
22- Never buy a beige car.
23- Smile a lot. It costs nothing and is beyond price.
24- Learn to identify local wildflowers, birds, and trees.
25- Wear audacious underwear under the most solemn business attire.
26- Remember people’s names.
27- When someone is relating an important event that’s happened to them, don’t try to top them with a story of your own. Let them have the stage.
28- Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
29- When playing games with children, let them win.
30- Strive for excellence, not perfection.
31- Be tough minded but tenderhearted.
32- Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
33- Give people a second chance, but not a third.
34- Have good posture. Enter a room with purpose and confidence.
35- Don’t major in minor things.
36- Praise in public.
37- Criticize in private.
38- Never tell anyone they look tired or depressed.
39- When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
40- Every day show your family how much you love them with your words, with your touch, and with your thoughtfulness.
41- Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
42- Never snap your fingers to get someone’s attention. It’s rude.
43- Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
44- Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
45- Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in a harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out.
46- Never give a loved one a gift that suggests they need improvement.
47- Don’t flaunt your success, but don’t apologize for it either.
48- No matter how old you get, hug and kiss your mother whenever you greet her.
49- Hang up if someone puts you on hold to take a “call waiting.”
50- When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. is an American author best-known for his book Life’s Little Instruction Book which was a New York Times bestseller.Brown’s books have been translated into 35 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide.Remarking on his books, Jackson has said, “Most of us know what we need to do to make our lives more fulfilled and useful, but sometimes we forget. My little books are gentle reminders of those simple things which, if done well and in a spirit of love, can significantly change our lives.”
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