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Reduce stress with these simple rules

Overwhelmed with worry and stress?

Take a deep breath, simplify life and take some humble advice from earlier days by reading these pointers.

  • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  • Memorize your favorite poem.
  • Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or loaf all you want.
  • When you say, “I love you,” mean it.
  • When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
  • Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
  • Believe in love at first sight.
  • Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.
  • Love deeply and passionately. You may get hurt, but it’s the only way to live life completely.
  • In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
  • Don’t judge people by their relatives, or by the life they were born into.
  • Teach yourself to speak slowly but think quickly.
  • When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • Call your mother.

  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  • Follow the three “Rs”: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  • Marry a person you love to talk to. As you get older, his/her conversational skills will be more important.
  • Spend some time alone.
  • Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Read more books
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  • Trust in God but lock your car.
  • A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  • Do all you can to create a tranquil, harmonious home.
  • In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  • Don’t just listen to what someone is saying. Listen to why they are saying it.

  • Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  • Be gentle with the earth.
  • Pray or meditate. There’s immeasurable power in it.
  • Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
  • Mind your own business.
  • Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss.
  • Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  • If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. It is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  • Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • Live with the knowledge that your character is your destiny.
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Adapted from Life’s Little Instruction Book, by Jackson Brown and H. Jackson Brown, Jr.