1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets.
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  10. Whistle.
  11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
  13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
  14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
  15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
  16. When playing games with children, let them win.
  17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  18. Be romantic.
  19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
  22. Be a good loser.
  23. Be a good winner.
  24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
  27. Keep it simple.
  28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
  31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
  36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
  39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
  41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
  42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  44. Become someone’s hero.
  45. Marry only for love.
  46. Count your blessings.
  47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
  48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
  49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  50. Don’t expect life to be fair.

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50 thoughts on “Life’s Instructions

  1. Okay…everything was going fine on this inspirational blurb until “Live life so your epitaph will read: No Regrets” The only person who can’t have regrets is someone who doesn’t give a shit about anyone. That whole cliche totally violates all the other positive principles that the article is striving to instill in people. Let’s define “Regret” so people have a clear understanding. I’ll use context here and assume that the writer and the person who originally created the overused and poorly analyzed term “regret.” to mean liike any word it has multiple definitions but obviously in this context it means not to be sorry for anything you’ve done. What kind of selfish asshole would never be sorry for anything? How is that a positive trait? Or never being sorry because you don’t make mistakes? I mean…what sort of unrealistic precedent is it implying we live? It’s narcissistic and totally unrealistic. Everyone needs to take “Live life with no regrets.” and remove it from their inspirational threads. No one should try to live life with no regrets…instead everyone should live life not fearing mistakes and instead be willing to admit their faults, apologize for their misgivings and learn from their mistakes.

    1. While you make a good point and that is how people should live the phrase “live with no regrets” to me does not mean never be sorry for anything. For me what i take from that is to not live your life in your past with your regrets holding you back from trying or being happy. Ive known people who for years and years and years lived in regret with every decision that brought them to there current situations and its all they did they let there past mistakes and actions control and run there lives for them. you can have regrets like you said we all do just don’t let those control you or ruin your happiness. I do agree though there could be a much better saying but that is what ive always taken from it.

    2. Seems to me if you did everything you described you could die with no regrets. Perhaps that’s what is meant. Not that one should not be sorry but that so long as you right the wrongs of you life you don’t have to wish you had while lying on your death bed.

    3. No regrets meaning even when you made a mistake, you learned from it. All your experiences, good and bad made you into a better person. No regrets doesn’t have to mean not being sorry, but taking everything as a way to make you a better person

    4. To me, having no regrets means accepting the things that have happened in the past. I accept those events as things that cannot be changed or undone, therefore I have no regrets about them.

    5. Preston, you goof! It’s not a reference to living your life irresponsibly, it means to have no regret for what you didn’t do, to live your life to the fullest, fearlessly. Simple, yes?

    6. Not that i don’t see our point but i think it meant more along the lines of making up for your mistakes so in the end you have no regrets because the mistakes you had made your did your best to fix and if they aren’t fixable in that sense you come to grips with what you may or may not have done, but that’s just my opinion. :}

    7. Making mistakes is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean you regret the mistake. You make amends , learn from it and try to do better next time, still no regrets. I would like to think the author meant, don’t regret not doing things; do them, or don’t go out and do something(crime etc) that you know you will regret. Live life to it’s fullest.
      I also don’t believe that you have to be narcissistic to not regret anything in your life. I will admit I’ve made mistakes and now don’t regret them.

    8. Well, I think living life with no regrets is great, as long as you’re not a douchebag/psychopath/sociopath or anything of the likes. understand how society works, and do whatever you want as long as no one else is harmed.

  2. …and again, i stumbled upon some random guy who thinks ppl aren’t able to make their own experiences..
    why do so many of them think they are qualified enough to do life coaching. People have their own mind and surely are able to gain their own experiences in their own environment – people who have family, relatives and friends to learn from.
    Also some of these advices here are – at least – questionable..

  3. Regarding the “Life’s Instructions” 50 tips, it’s all great advice that we should try to follow. As usual, there’s always going to be one bad apple in the bunch. In this bunch it was Preston. This guy was searching for something wrong with these helpful tips. I have no REGRET in reading these inspirational and helpful tips.
    Bravo! I’d love to meet the person responsible for Life’s instructions because we all could use some helpful
    advice, especially someone like Preston.

  4. Omg fuck this list of happy pappy rules for living. This shit is fucking brain wash so you think youre some sort of special little snow flake. Fuck love, Love is a fucking lie created to justify the abuse we cause to this world. Im lovin’ it….arent you? loves a verb not a noun idiots. Dont beat around the bush! Only rules i can live by is rule #34. you live by your rules and yours only. fuck what others say.

  5. I think I just puked-up in my mouth.
    #52 Remember,Depression is merely anger without the enthusiasm.
    #53 Remember, half the people you know are below average.
    #54 Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
    #55 In life, it’s not who you know that’s important, it’s how your wife found out.
    #56 Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.

  6. To all of you guys debating ‘regrets’ let’s add: #51 Don’t be so nitpicky in life that the spirit in which something is said gets lost on you. It brings people down.

  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.


    Give people a second chance, but not a third.

    Kind of contradictory…

  8. Not a big fan of these lists. They are nice to read, but how do we get people to apply them? Any methodology? And if you list too much or too many things to remember, most are forgotten the moment you click away. Also, there is considerable randomness to these comments because many contradict.

  9. The topic suggests that we are born with an instruction guide that apparently wasn’t delivered at birth. Instead the manual is written down here … what? 🙂

    Lists like these have the disadvantage that they can be used in 2 ways.
    1. You can try to live up to each point, hoping it will make you happy. (don’t, it won’t)
    2. You can use these points to fill/complete you own list. (OK)

    I have following suggestions:
    *The author should indicate that these points are valid for him/her and not automatically for everyone.

    *The author should motivate the points. Why should I have to Whistle? Because It makes me happy? or just because I want the attention of some girls?
    I personally think it should be more a testimonial of the authors life …. not just a enumeration. (are the points that meaningless to the author?)

    *One important addition:
    #51 Don’t live up to lists, make you own … 🙂


  10. We live in a strange world! People take the time to read an article that is supposed to be inspirational, and instead of drawing from it the positive and walking away with a smile, they take the time to find its faults and list them. Breathe People, Life is short. Smile People, Life is beautiful!

  11. Everyone, and I mean everyone needs to read this list! These instructions are simple enough and so true. Follow most of these, most of the time, and one can certainly find happiness. However, this is only achieved by maintaining a positive attitude. I especially love #12, and your images for #219, 553, and 579. This definitely needs passed on!

  12. #8. Do NOT always accept an outstretched hand. In negotiations, a common tactic is making a proposal with an outstretched hand because people have a natural reaction to accept an outstretched hand. Don’t agree to a bad offer with a knee-jerk reaction of “always accepting an outstretched hand.”

  13. people are stupid. just chill out man. these are nice even if there is one contradiction. its not even really a contradiction if u look at it a certain way. and that person ml doesnt understand that someone trying to trick u is not an outstretched hand, the quote is referring to a genuine outstreched hand. quit trynna be clever and come up with stupid sinarios where these tips dont apply.

  14. Letting children win games is wrong. If you allow them to win then they will never learn to challenge themselves or to strive to be the best. We live in a world where children are treated like Gods and they are not. I have two children of my own that I love but I would never allow them to win without a struggle. Losing is part of the experience. If you have never lost because people let you win then you will never learn a damn thing about what it really means to win on your own. Besides all of that, winning isn’t everything.

  15. “Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems”

    Inlike this one

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