101 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

1. Pay for the person behind you in a drive-thru or at a coffee shop.
It not only makes the person receiving the free food or coffee feel special, it also brings the cashier into the kindness loop by being the bearer of good news.

2. Instead of getting defensive or angry the next time someone is rude or inconsiderate to you, express compassion for their situation.
You never know what others are going through.  In his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey tells this story:

One Sunday morning on the New York subway, people were sitting quietly reading newspapers, lost in thought, or sitting with their eyes closed and resting.  It was very peaceful.  Then a man and his children entered.  The children were so loud and rambunctious the entire climate changed.
The man sat there with his eyes closed, oblivious to the situation, as his children were throwing things, knocking people’s newspapers, and yelling.  Everyone became irritated quickly.  Still the man did nothing.
I couldn’t believe he could be so insensitive to let his children run around like that and do nothing.  Finally, I turned to him and said, “Sir, your children are really disturbing everyone.  I wonder if you couldn’t control them a little more?”
The man lifted his gaze as if to come to a consciousness of the situation for the first time and said softly, “Oh, you’re right. I guess I should do something about it. We just came from the hospital where their mother died about an hour ago. I don’t know what to think, and I guess they don’t know how to handle it either.”

3. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Let them know that you have been thinking about them and that you’re sorry you haven’t been in touch.
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21 Truisms

  1. Never compare your weaknesses to other people’s strengths.
  2. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
  3. Your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  4. Own your life, or someone will own it for you
  5. We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
  6. The world does not reward perfectionists. It rewards those who get things done.
  7. No matter what anyone says to you, you don’t have to eat dinner with them, live with them, or go to bed with them.
  8. If you risk nothing, you risk everything.
  9. If something frightens you irrationally, do it often.
  10. Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.
  11. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do, but you may miss out on future opportunities.
  12. Don’t give others the power to control your emotions. Those are only yours and it is only for you to manipulate.
  13. Victory introduces you to the world, but defeat introduces the world to you!
  14. The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first.
  15. Fail often but do not forget the Lesson.
  16. You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.
  17. It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.
  18. Take what you do seriously. Not yourself.
  19. Life begins where your comfort zone ends.
  20. The True measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
  21. If you don’t do stupid things while you’re young, you’ll have nothing to smile about when you’re old.

50 Things You Should Know How to Do

1.  Build a Fire – Fire produces heat and light, two basic necessities for living.  At some point in your life this knowledge may be vital.

2.  Operate a Computer – Fundamental computer knowledge is essential these days.  Please, help those in need.

3.  Use Google Effectively – Google knows everything.  If you’re having trouble finding something with Google, it’s you that needs help.

4.  Perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver – Someday it may be your wife, husband, son or daughter that needs help.

5.  Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle – There will come a time when you’ll be stuck without this knowledge.

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45 Life Lessons from a 90 year old

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
  5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
  9. Save for things that matter.
  10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. Continue reading…

Smoking Etiquette

  1. The person who rolls the joint (no matter whose weed it is) gets to spark up the joint and get first hits…
  2. If someone rolls a nice joint, its good to give the person a complement on his rolling skills…
  3. If someone starts hogging the bowl and starts using the excuse that it’s okay for him to hog it since it’s his weed, this is definitely not cool.
  4. The punishment depends on the quality of the weed and how much he put in. (if it was real crappy and he was real cheap with it, then you bug on the person and rag on him
  5. If someone is too palsy to light the bowl (due to being too stoned or the person is just a retard then they must relinquish control of the lighter to someone more able to get it lit.  –this does NOT mean the person who lights gets free hits… this privilege tends to get abused (“hey lemme light it for you…”)
  6. If someone is so much of a palsy that they blow INTO the bowl and blow all the shit on the floor, this person must be ragged on and the person cant smoke on the next round (unless it was his stuff)
  7. If you smoke with someone in your house, you should let them eat some munchy food you may have lying around.. don’t be cheap with your food if you have food…
  8. If someone who’s smoked asks for a sip of your soda, you must give him some… (dry mouth is not fun)
  9. Converse of (7); if you ask for a sip, don’t take a large gulp
  10. If smoking from a bong or a joint, never put the whole thing in your mouth and get it all sopping wet.. its disgusting and it messed up the joint. Continue reading…

31 Life Lessons

1. Trust your gut. Really.

If you think he likes you, you’re probably right. If you think he’s cheating, you’re probably right. If you think she’s going to be your new BFF, (this time with feeling!) you’re probably right.

2. Sunscreen. Always.

SPF 15 indoors, SPF 30 outdoors. I’ve been wearing sunscreen everyday since I was 19 and I still get carded. I think this actually has more to do with the bouncers hitting on me, but I’d like to share the credit with my good friend Oil of Olay daily moisturizing lotion with SPF.

3. If you’re lying in bed worrying about it, get up and write it down.

If I don’t do this, my night will quickly devolve into cyclical thoughts of doom and anxiety. Just get out of bed, write down the thing that you’re worried about, write down a few ideas to deal with it and then go the eff back to sleep.

4. Processed carbohydrates and sugars are yucky.

It’s not hard to switch to wholewheat bread and noodles or substitute honey/maple syrup/raw sugar for the white stuff. It’s yummy and you’ll feel heaps better!

5. Maintaining friendships (and making new friends) is an active process.

Stop waiting for them to call you! Think of something fun to do, call your friends and go do it. Also, stop sitting in your apartment, devotedly wishing that you knew more cool people. Surprisingly, this will not get you any closer to making new friends. Go places where like-minded people hang out, talk to new people at parties, initiate.

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Ten best non-sex feelings ever

  1. The feeling you first wake up but don’t have to get out of bed yet.
  2. Getting goosebumps from music/movie.
  3. When you’re congested as fuck and then suddenly your nostrils open up.
  4. Winning a prize/contest
  5. A description that’s way too accurate for this time of the morning and that “vacated bowels” feeling you get after.
  6. Thinking the cop behind you with his lights on is going to pull you over but then he passes you and you’re fine
  7. Crushing my enemies, seeing them drive before me, and hearing their lamentations of their women.
  8. Eating a good meal
  9. Getting my hair shampooed/cut at a salon/barber.
  10. When you finally get rid of that thing stuck in your teeth.