Handbook of life

I was given this list some years ago, and it is something that I have tried to follow ever since.  I love the points on this list – each one is so profound and meaningful.


  1. Make sure that you drink a sufficient amount of water each day.
  2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured.
  4. Live with the 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  5. Make time for your daily cultivation
  6. Read more useful books than you did in the previous year.
  7. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  8. Sleep for 7 hours.
  9. Take a 10 – 30 minute walk each day, and while you walk, smile.
  10. Don’t compare your life to others’.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  11. Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control.  Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  12. Don’t over-do.  Keep your limits.
  13. Don’t take yourself so seriously, no one else does.
  14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  15. Envy is a waste of time and energy.  You already have all that you need.
  16. Forget issues of the past.  Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past.  That will ruin your present happiness.
  17. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.  Don’t hate others.
  18. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  19. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  20. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  21. Smile and laugh more.
  22. You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.
  23. Call your family often.
  24. Each day do something good to others.
  25. Forgive everyone for everything.
  26. Spent time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
  27. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  29. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your family and friends will.  Stay in touch.
  30. Do the thing that you ought to do, and not the thing that you want to do.
  31. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  32. Pure and peaceful mind heal everything.
  33. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  35. The best is yet to come.
  36. When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful that you have another day to enrich yourself.
  37. Your inner true nature is originally happy and at peace.  So be happy and let go of all your unnecessary attachments.
Do you have any to add?  I would love to hear from you 🙂

Courtesy of Chung Tian Temple

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8 responses to “Handbook of life

  1. Just what I needed to read today, thank you isfs.

  2. Awesome list!! I wish I could tattoo this on my brain, haha!!

    • I know exactly what you mean! :D. I actually have a printout of this list of my fridge door. So every time I open the fridge I scan over it, and really look at at least a couple of them. It helps to remind me 🙂

  3. brendamarroy

    Practice being present to whatever shows up in your life.

  4. These are great – I should also print them and put them on my fridge!

    • Thank you so much for your comment :-). These really have helped me so much. I think my favourites are “no matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up”. I’ve relied on that one often! :-). And also “do what you ought to do, not what you want to do”. Both those have really resonated with me, and I think of them often.

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