Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tips for a better life.

This isn't ironic. Today I was forwarded an email from a friend I care about. We all receive those awful "pass it on" emails full of idiotic platitudes, but this one felt a little different. Yes, you've heard them before, but it made me happy to reminded of them. I'm sharing it here.
  • Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  • Sleep for 7 hours.
  • Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  • Play more games.
  • Read more books than you did the previous year.
  • Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
  • Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
  • Dream more while you are awake.
  • Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  • Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
  • Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
  • Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  • 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.
  • Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  • Smile and laugh more.
  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
  • Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
  • Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Don't compare your partner with others.
  • No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  • Forgive everyone for everything.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  • Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • The best is yet to come.
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  • Do the right thing!
  • Call your family often.
  • Your inner most is always happy. So be happy.
  • Each day give something good to others.
  • Don't over do. Keep your limits.

1 comment:

Danica said...

Oh man did I need to read that right now. I almost started crying in my cubicle. In a good way.
Thank you. xoxo.