Thursday, May 12, 2011

18 rules to make your life suck less...

Granted, they're not guaranteed to make your life suck less. I believe that a lot of our own happiness or unhappiness in life is based on how we handle things, how we look at them, how we react, how we feel and how we move on from them. I'm not saying you can be happy just by deciding you're going to be happy because it's not that easy but I believe perspective and your own behavior and thought process plays a part in it.

While doing some blog reading one a break during a split shift at work, I saw this on Another Suburban Mom and decided to steal it for my blog. I liked it that much.

ASM found a blog called The Everyday Minimalist and found a post where she quotes the Dalai Lama on his 18 rules for a better life and after reading them, I decided I liked them and wanted to share. This was the first time I've read that but a lot of the things in the list of 18 are things I already apply to my life regularly. While only a few points made in his list are things I haven't heard or thought of before, it's still a good list and a little reminder of things we might not take into account regularly is never a bad thing. So, enjoy. :)

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R's:

a. Respect for self
b. Respect for others
c. Responsibility for all your actions
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Happy Thursday!

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