40 tidbits of solid life advice.

As stolen from my church bulletin this week.

Before you think “doesn’t apply to me!” just read through the list. Whether you’re Catholic, Christian, generic something else, non-any-of-the-above… some are just good life suggestions. They fall into a variety of categories – health, personality, society, life. I know some of these struck me. Perhaps they’ll help you in the same sort of way – or very different sort of way. 🙂

  1. Drink plenty of water. 
  2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar.
  3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  4. Live with the 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  5. Make time to pray.
  6. Play more games.
  7. Read more books this year than you did in 2011.
  8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  9. Sleep for 7 hours.
  10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
  11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  12. Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  13. Don’t over-do. Keep your limits.
  14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  16. Dream more while you are awake.
  17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  18. Forget issues for the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
  19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
  20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  23. Smile and laugh more.
  24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  25. Call your family often.
  26. Each day give something good to others.
  27. Forgive everyone for everything.
  28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
  29. Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.
  30. What other people think is none of your business.
  31. Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  32. Do the right thing!
  33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
  34. God heals everything.
  35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  37. The best is yet to come.
  38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
  39. Your inner-most is always happy. So be happy.
  40. Share this with everyone you care about.
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