100 ways to make this complicated old world just a little bit more lovely and simple…

1. Believe that everything will turn out just fine in the end, because it usually does
2. Learn the basics of investing, so that you’re able to grow your wealth
3. Say exactly what you mean with kindness
4. Believe in something bigger than yourself
5. File your taxes promptly
6. Be a peacemaker, not a warmonger
7. Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
8. Don’t confuse love with sex
9. Before making any major decision, sleep on it
10. Pray, meditate or reflect every day
11. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all
12. Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you
13. Find a reason to laugh every day
14. Teach your children about art, music, and literature
15. Teach your children how to save, invest and manage money
16. Don’t blame others for your situation
17. Accept that you can’t change anyone’s nature, including your own
18. Don’t be sad in order to make someone else happy
19. Don’t be less than you are to make someone else more comfortable
20. When you move to a new city or town, make friends quickly
21. Don’t harbour ill will towards authority for no valid reason
22. Don’t complain unless you have a solution
23. Make peace with your parents
24. Tell your young children “no” when necessary
25. All things in moderation
26. Buy white dishes that never go out of style
27. Take good care of yourself so that you’ll be able to do more for others
28. Understand that no one was put on this earth to make you happy
29. Allow others to make themselves happy
30. Be tolerant of other cultures, lifestyles, and religions
31. Don’t be defensive. Listen calmly to constructive criticism, act if it’s accurate, disagree politely if it isn’t.
32. Tell yourself the truth
33. Stop making negative comments about your body, your mind, or your beauty
34. Work harder on making the inside pretty, and less on making the outside pretty
35. Make due with what you have
36. Work to live, and live to eat
37. Fall madly, deeply, crazy in love, and don’t hold anything back
38. Take people at their word, until you’ve been shown that you can’t
39. Have your teeth cleaned every six months
40. Floss
41. Have a weekly date night with your partner
42. Don’t let your children become the center of your family; they need to begin their own life someday
43. Don’t make your children feel guilty for beginning their own life
44. Smile at others as often as possible
45. Be too busy to care what others think, but not too busy to care for others
46. Take the 100 Thing Challenge
47. Live by the phrase “vive le difference”
48. Be monogamous
49. Cry when you need to
50. Tell your children that you believe in them, and be their number one fan
51. Agree to disagree
52. Don’t try to control others, accept them instead
53. Don’t try to control the situation, accept it instead
54. Don’t let pride stand between you and something you want
55. Let your silly side out more often
56. Sit up straight
57. Stand up straight
58. Stay home and rest when you’re sick
59. Don’t pretend to be sick
60. Don’t drive when you’re tired
61. Do your best to make others feel comfortable
62. Don’t keep guns in your home
63. Set healthy boundaries with others
64. Be careful not to say something in anger that cannot be taken back
65. Learn to like yourself
66. Take responsibility for your actions, even if it’s embarassing
67. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so
68. Learn how to find the answers to things you don’t know
69. Stop smoking
70. Break your addiction to your iPhone or Blackberry
71. Create a basic wardrobe of quality classics, and only buy what you need to replace what has worn out
72. Have your pets checked regularly by their vet, including their immunization records
73. Stop waiting
74. Start living
75. Write thank you notes
76. Don’t compare yourself to others
77. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem
78. Read more
79. Skip more
80. Remove the television from your bedroom
81. Be present more often
82. Be a human being, not a human doing
83. Don’t wait until it’s too late to tell someone that you love them
84. Laugh at yourself
85. Stay in touch with people that remind you where you came from
86. Don’t be ashamed of your upbringing
87. Stop thinking the world owes you something
88. Realize that you owe the world your best self
89. Honour your elders
90. Be careful not to become self-absorbed
91. Give up the belief that great wealth, great beauty, or great fame will make you happy. It won’t.
92. Learn what does make you truly, utterly, undeniably happy on a lasting basis
93. Give more than you get
94. Stop making excuses
95. Stop being angry at the world
96. Throw out the self help books and get on with it
97. Don’t over analyze
98. Realize that no one in your life is perfect, and neither are you
99. Let out a huge sigh of relief at that realization
100. See change as a lovely ending to a book you’ve just finished reading, and go out and find the next book

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