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40 Tips for a Better Life

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I stumbled upon this email over the weekend and thought I’d share. No matter how many times you read messages like this, you’re sure to find a good piece of advice to implement into your life. Take heed and let’s make it a great week!

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It’s the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. Buy a DVR to tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to _____today.’

5. Live with the 3 E’s—Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.

7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

26. Forgive everyone for everything.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. GOD heals almost everything.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

31. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

33. The best is yet to come.

34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

35. Do the right thing!

36. Call your family often.

37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for _______. Today I accomplished________.

38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

40. Please share this with everyone you care about. I just did.

*If you have any tips you’d like to add please do so!

As a New York City beauty PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.


  1. theGoldenChild

    April 27, 2009 at 3:37 am

    This is awesome!
    Thank you for posting!

  2. Tiffany-J

    April 27, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “Forgive Everyone for Everything…” wouldn’t life be great if we all did this?

  3. Tianna-Nicole

    April 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I have a similar list that I would love to share:
    I will post it here and on my

    Instructions for Life:

    1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
    2. Memorize your favorite poem.
    3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
    4. When you say, “I love you,” mean it.
    5. When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
    6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
    7. Believe in love at first sight.
    8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
    9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
    10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
    11. Don’t judge people by their relatives.
    12. Talk slow but think quick.
    13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
    14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
    15. Call your mom.
    16. Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
    17. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
    18. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
    19. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
    20. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
    21. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
    22. Marry a man you love to talk to. As you get older, his conversational skills will be as important as any other.
    23. Spend some time alone.
    24. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
    25. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
    26. Read more books and watch less TV.
    27. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
    28. Trust in God but lock your car.
    29. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
    30. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
    31. Read between the lines.
    32. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
    33. Be gentle with the earth.
    34. Pray — there’s immeasurable power in it.
    35. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
    36. Mind your own business.
    37. Don’t trust a man who doesn’t close his eyes when you kiss him.
    38. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
    39. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
    40. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
    41. Learn the rules then break some.
    42. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
    43. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
    44. Remember that your character is your destiny.
    45. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon

  4. keisha

    April 28, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I am going to shout #38 from the rafters over and over again

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