Life’s Little Instructions

Sing in the shower.
Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
Leave the toilet seat in the down position.
Never refuse homemade Brownies
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Plant a tree on your birthday.
Learn three clean jokes.
Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.
Compliment three people every day.
Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love
Leave everything a little better than you found it.
Keep it simple.
Think BIG thoughts but relish small pleasures.
Become the most positive & enthusiastic person you
Floss your teeth every day.
Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it.
Be forgiving of yourself and others.
Over tip breakfast waitresses.
Say "thank you" and "please" a lot.
Avoid negative people.
Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their
front yards.
Wear polished shoes.
Remember other people’s birthdays.
Commit yourself to constant improvement.
Carry jumper cables in the trunk of your car.
Have a firm handshake.
Send lots of valentine cards and sign them: "Someone
who thinks You’re terrific."
Look people in the eye.
Be the first to say"Hello."
Use the good silver.
Return all things you borrow.
Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
Keep secrets.
Sing in the choir.
Plant flowers every spring.
Have a dog or cat.
Always accept an outstretched hand.
Stop blaming others.
Take responsibility for every area of your life.
Wave at kids on a school bus.
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 don’t know" or "I made a
Compliment even small improvements.
Keep your promises (no matter what).
Marry only for love.
Rekindle old friendships.
Count your blessings each day.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life’s Little Instructions,


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