Those ‘life tip’ posts have been doing the rounds recently on social media. I like lists, so I decided to collect my favourites and throw in a few of my own for good measure.
1/ Never enter a swimming pool via the stairs.
2/ Try never to cancel dinner plans. If you do, don’t do it by text message.
3/ Try everything once.
4/ Be careful with other people’s hearts.
5/ Don’t give away somebody else’s secret.
6/ Don’t moderate your opinion in the hope of making people like you.
7/ Don’t use fake tan, go outside.
8/ Don’t tell lies to anyone, especially your doctor.
9/ Remember to say thank you.
10/ Say sorry first, or second, or last. If it needs saying, it doesn’t matter when you do it, as long as you do.
11/ Don’t prioritise social media over people you’re actually with.
12/ Don’t stand in the doorway.
13/ Have comfortable shoes and a comfortable bed, you’re always in one.
14/ Don’t go through the drive thru then eat in your car outside the restaurant.
15/ Stick up for people and never be a bully.
16/ Don’t pose for pictures with a beer or a cigarette in your hand, you’ll regret it later.
17/ Don’t ask women if they are pregnant. You won’t like the conversation no matter how it turns out.
18/ Live in the moment. Your experiences are what’s important, not how many likes they got on Facebook.
19/ Don’t show off.
20/ When opening gifts, don’t guess. Just open, smile and say thank you.
21/ Give credit, take blame.
22/ Don’t be first to arrive at a party, or the last to leave.
23/ Be willing to admit you were wrong.
24/ Eye contact is the measure of many things. Don’t be afraid of it.
25/ Learn a joke and tell it well.
26/ Know your way around the kitchen. Even if you can only make one thing well.
27/ Go to a cinema or a restaurant by yourself sometimes.
28/ Dance with anybody who asks you to.
29/ Always keep your word.
30/ Never offer to do something in the hope that your offer won’t be accepted.
31/ Offer to carry the bags.
32/ Shower. Everyday.
33/ Don’t drop litter.
34/ Don’t leave your trolley and drive away. Put it back.
35/ Humility and hard work are good substitutes for talent. They’ll get you there 90% of the time.
36/ Better to be the person who smiled first than the person who didn’t smile back.
37/ Make your bed as soon as you get out of it.
38/ Never shake hands sitting down.
39/ Give a borrowed car back with the tank full, no matter how you picked it up.
40/ Never say no to the offer of a breath mint. Take the mint, take the hint.
41/ Write the angry email, then delete it all and start again.
42/ Good manners are worth everything.
43/ Don’t compare yourself to others. The only time you should look in your neighbours bowl, is to check they have enough.
44/ Learn to find the positives.
45/ Only buy something if you have at least the money for two of them.
46/ Have a signature drink you enjoy and know how it’s made. (Mine’s a whiskey sour)
47/ Hold the door for the person after you.
48/ Don’t put people down. It only makes you look insecure.
50/ Learn a magic trick. 🙂