28 Secrets to Happiness


(author unknown)

  1. Live beneath your means and within your seams (having trouble here).
  2. Return everything you borrow (and remind those who borrow from you…?).
  3. Donate blood (as O-neg, they send out the vampires for me every 8 weeks).
  4. Stop blaming other people (It just pissed them off).
  5. Admit it when you make a mistake (basic survival skill with my wife)
  6. Give all the clothes you haven’t worn in the last three years to charity (great idea. I’l get right on that one… sometime).
  7. Every day do something nice and try not to get caught (and don’t expect reciprocity).
  8. Listen more; talk less (very hard to do, but keeps me out of trouble).
  9. Every day take a 30 minute walk in your neighborhood (I keep making excuses, but the principal is right-on).
  10. Skip two meals a week and give food money to the homeless (Messing with my food touches a sensitive spot).
  11. Strive for excellence, not perfection (this resonates with me).
  12. Be on time (especially for meetings with me).
  13. Don’t make excuses (they are really boring).
  14. Don’t argue (being right is boring too).
  15. Get organized (but not obsessively so).
  16. Be kind to people (tends to encourage them to be kind to me).
  17. Be even kinder to unkind people (this may be a stretch).
  18. Let someone cut ahead of you in line(or pay for coffee for the person behind you).
  19. Take time to be alone (If I can’t be alone with my, why would anybody else want to be?).
  20. Reread a favorite book (Often much better this time around).
  21. Cultivate good manners (my dad tried, but I have not stepped up well to this one).
  22. Be humble (working on it…).
  23. Understand and accept that life isn’t always fair (or as I told my son, the only thing you are actually entitled to is a public defender).
  24. Know when to say something (<50% of the time).
  25. Know when to keep your mouth shut (way > 50% of the time).
  26. Don’t criticize for 24 hours (starting right now).
  27. Learn from the past, plan for the future and live in the present (check, check, whoops!).
  28. Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff)

 

 

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