Life’s Little Instructions


Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
Never refuse homemade brownies.
Plant a tree on your birthday.
Learn three clean jokes.
Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.
Compliment three people everyday.
Sing in the shower.
Keep it simple.
Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
Leave everything a little better than you found it.
Think big thoughts but relish the small pleasures.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
Never leave the toilet seat in the up position.
Floss your teeth.
Ask for a raise when you feel like you’ve earned it.
Be forgiving of yourself and others.
Over-tip the waiters and waitresses.
Say “thank you” and “please” a lot.
Buy whatever kids are selling on tables in their front yards.
Wear polished shoes.
Avoid negative people.
Remember other people’s birthdays.
Commit yourself to constant improvement.
Carry jumper cables in your trunk.
Have a firm handshake.
Send lots of Valentine cards. Sign them, “Someone who thinks you’re really wonderful.”
Stop blaming others and take responsibility for every area of your life.
Look people in the eye.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Be the first to say, “Hello”.
Use the good silver.
Return all the things you borrow.
Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
Keep secrets.
Plant flowers every spring.
Have a dog (or cat).
Always accept an outstretched hand.
Wave at school kids on buses.
Be there when people need you.
Feed a stranger’s expired parking meter.
Don’t expect life to be fair.
Never underestimate the power of love.
Drink champagne for no reason at all.
Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
Don’t be afraid to say, “I made a mistake”.
Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know”.
Compliment even small improvements.
Always keep your promises.
Marry only for love.
Rekindle old friendships.
Call your mother.



  1. gypsydoodles · October 11, 2011

    thanks for the reminder. since my mom is already asleep right about now, i’ll drop her a message instead. =) had a great time reading your post. =)

  2. sunsetseasoul · October 11, 2011

    Great post! I’m not sure I’ll call my mother a lot, but I will try the rest of the items 🙂

  3. JClacks · February 13, 2013

    Reblogged this on Angels&Demons and commented:

    I needed a reminder of all these things and I believe most people out there probably do as well.

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