77 Keys to Living Well Before You Die

  1. Do something everyday that excites you.
  2. Read classic novels.
  3. Travel somewhere you’ve never been with someone you’ll never forget.
  4. Settle on a reasonable long-term goal and do 3 things everyday that bring you closer to your goal.
  5. Avoid TV.
  6. Buy happiness with a smile.
  7. Get involved in your community.
  8. Talk to perfect strangers.  Make new friends.
  9. Help others when you’re able.
  10. Get in shape.  Walk or jog a mile every morning.
  11. Learn one simple skill every week.
  12. Be aware of your surroundings.  Take notice of the simple joys life has to offer.
  13. Be creative.  Build something from the ground up, no matter how small.
  14. Learn a new joke everyday and tell it to someone else.
  15. Spend a few quiet minutes alone each day… think.
  16. Dedicate yourself to discovering solutions in the face of problems.
  17. Surround yourself with positive people who share goals similar to your own.
  18. Study for a degree that intrigues you or take a few classes in your field of interest.
  19. Organize a monthly game of poker (or any game) with your best friends.
  20. Watch the sunrise at least once a week.
  21. Watch the sunset at least once a week.
  22. Engage yourself in a meaningful hobby.
  23. Ask your spouse or best friend to be your business partner and get something fun started on the side.
  24. Express your creativity in art, photography, music, film, etc.
  25. Try something completely new every chance you get.
  26. Listen to a variety of music on a regular basis.
  27. Study the people you admire.  Analyze their habits and duplicate them.
  28. Tend a small garden and eat your own produce.
  29. Have incredible sex at least once a week.
  30. Pull the trigger on doing something you’ve been thinking about for a long time, but haven’t yet had the guts to do.
  31. Socialize, socialize, and socialize!
  32. Visit friends and family you haven’t seen in years.
  33. Stop tip-toeing around like a little pipsqueak.  Own your ideas.  Follow them through to fruition.
  34. Throw a quarterly blowout party at your place.  Invite all your favorite people and let them bring someone along.
  35. Spend more time outdoors entwined in Mother Nature.
  36. If you hate your job, find a new one.  Life is short.  Don’t be scared to bounce around until you find a job you enjoy doing.
  37. Get into the habit of realizing that it is never too late.
  38. Stop being so serious.  Lighten up.  Laugh.
  39. Go after as many life experiences as time permits.  Explore the world around you.
  40. Learn to surf… and surf.  It truly is a remarkable experience.
  41. Rise earlier.  Take on the world when your mind is fresh.
  42. Be compassionate.  Be a friend every chance you get.
  43. Organize yourself and your living space.  It will save you precious time.
  44. Stop worrying about what you don’t have and start enjoying what you do have.
  45. Set 3 priorities each morning and accomplish them by nightfall.
  46. Focus on the positives.  Never dwell on the negatives.
  47. Be romantic.  Surprise her.
  48. Challenge yourself.  Don’t take the easy road to mediocrity.
  49. Stop wasting time on non-essential chores.
  50. Learn to get things done effectively.
  51. Shit happens.  Move beyond your mistakes immediately.
  52. There’s a big different between being scared and being prepared.  Always be prepared.
  53. Educate yourself every chance you get.  Be a jack of all trades and a master of few.
  54. Eat slower.  Enjoy your food.
  55. Be slower.  Relax.
  56. Use time-saving tricks and properly manage your time.
  57. Leave work at work.
  58. Perfect is the enemy of good.  Shoot for living the good life.
  59. Eat at least one meal a day with family or friends.
  60. Ask for help.  You’ll never get what you don’t ask for.
  61. Always ask questions.  Doing so will save you time and grief.
  62. Learn to say no.
  63. Always keep your eye on the prize.  Maintain your focus on the outcome, not the current road block.
  64. Play hard.  You only live once.  Live it up!
  65. Spend less than you make.
  66. Do one thing at a time… and do it well.
  67. Simplify.  Simplify.  Simplify.
  68. Be efficient while giving your mind a rest:  Write stuff down.
  69. Own less.  Do more.
  70. Avoid the common cold.  Wash your hands before eating.
  71. Stop driving like a maniac.  It’s less stressful and far safer.
  72. Practice self-sufficiency.  Once you attain it, nobody can take it away from you.
  73. Be spontaneous.
  74. Always keep your promises.
  75. Sleep well.
  76. Remain approachable to others.  The more people you meet, the more opportunities you will receive.
  77. Make a continuous habit of realigning your habits with the things that make you happy.

Source: Marc and Angel

40 tips for a better life

  1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
  2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
  4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to __________ today.’
  5. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2014.
  7. Make time to practice meditation, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
  8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
  9. Dream more while you are awake.
  10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
  12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
  14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  15. 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.
  16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
  17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the nagative blues away.
  18. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  26. Forgive everyone for everything.
  27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  28. Remember God heals everything.
  29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  31. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  33. The best is yet to come.
  34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  35. Do the right thing!
  36. Call your family often.
  37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for _______. Today I accomplished ____.
  38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
  39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
  40. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.

Sentences that can change your life

1. Never compare your weaknesses to other people’s strengths.

2. Own your life, or someone will own it for you.

3.  We cannot change the cards we are dealt,just how we play the hand.

4. Climb mountains not so the world can see you but so you can see the world.

5. If you accept your limitation, you go beyond them. Continue reading…

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
  2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.  Continue reading…

Sonder

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

50 Life Secrets and Tips

  1. Memorize something everyday.
    Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.
  2. Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.
    Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.
  3. Develop an endless curiosity about this world.
    Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Stop and observe all of the little things as completely unique events. Try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and try to experience as many different environments and sensations as possible. This world has so much to offer, so why not take advantage of it?
  4. Remember people’s names
    so that they feel appreciated and for your own future benefit when you want something from that person. To do this, say their name back to them when they introduce themselves. Then repeat the name in your head a number of times until you are sure you have it. Continue to use their name in conversation as much as possible to remove any chance of forgetting it. If you’re still having trouble, make up a rhyme about their name: “Dan the Man” or “Natalie flatters me.”
  5. Get fit!
    It’s ridiculous to think that we have one body, one sole means of functioning, and people are too lazy to take care of themselves. Fit bodies lead to better health, confidence and more success with romantic endeavors. I’d say those are 3 very good reasons to get in shape. Continue reading…

Rules of Thumb

If you want something done, do it yourself

Comment: Obviously true, and doing it is usually very good for your self esteem. A surprising amount of work can be done this way, and experts are not always necessary. However, there is a risk of becoming overworked if you try to do everything yourself – we all need other people after all.

Never procrastinate anything you can do right now

Comment: Very powerful. There are many things that can be fixed or solved with a minimum of effort, but are often pushed aside as unimportant. Unfortunately they won’t go away, and in time the feelings of guilt for not having done them will make you even less likely of fixing the problems.

How I Know I Love You

I know I love you because I want to get you soup when you’re sick. Not only do I want to get it for you, I want to make it for you so you can eat something made with love instead of with crushed insects and preservatives. I know I love you because I want to slap anyone who hurts you, even if it’s your boss. I want to hold you when you’re having a nightmare and kiss the spot that hurts when you bump into something. I know I love you because I want you to be healthy even when you’re not sick, and that’s why I keep bugging you to change your crappy eating ways even though I know you’re over hearing about it.

I know I love you because I worry about the stuff only people who love you worry about, like the amount of quality sleep you get a night and how much you drink when you’re sad and whether you’re getting enough vitamin B. Like probably more than your mom does, I’m not sure she especially cares about vitamin B. I know I love you because I freak out when you’re obviously disintegrating yet too stubborn and too “I’m fine” to actually go to the doctor, even though I do that sort of thing myself. Continue reading…

15 Ways to Be Irresistibly Attractive

Be true to your values.  Be honest.  Do your best.  Do things that bring you closer to your dreams.  Take care of yourself, your family, and your friends.  Treat people with respect.  Be the person that makes others feel special.  Be known for your kindness and honesty.

In other words, invest love into your life.  Because when you love life, life will love you back.  And there’s no attraction greater than love.  People will notice the goodness surrounding you, and they will be naturally attracted to you.

  1. Do the right thing. – Never be afraid to do what you know in your heart is right, especially if the well being of another person’s feelings is at stake. There is no punishment in the world more severe than the wounds we inflict on our soul when we do what we know is wrong.
  2. Stop the gossip and superficial judgments. – Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds gossip about people.  Life is much too short to be lived talking about people, gossiping, and stirring up trouble that has no substance.  If you don’t understand someone, ask questions.  If you don’t agree with them, tell them.  But don’t judge them behind their back to everyone else.  Read The Mastery of Love.
  3. Lift others up. – If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.  To be happy and free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a waythat respects and enhances the happiness and freedom of others.  When you put faith, hope, and love together, you can nurture positive ideas, relationships, and dreams in a negative world.
  4. Give words of encouragement to those in need. – A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.  We all hit a time when we lose hope and need someone to put their arms around us and say, “I’ve got you right now.  You are not facing this alone.”  Be that person when you can.
  5. Be positive. – Think positively; speak properly; apologize rapidly; forgive quickly.  Evolve your being and inspire yourself and others.  Say it out loud, “I am sorry negativity, I have no time for you.  I have far too many positive things to do.” Continue reading…