Posted by: Anne | January 1, 2011

New Year’s Instructions


  1. Sing in the shower.
  2. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  3. Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
  4. Never refuse homemade brownies.
  5. Strive for excellence, not perfection.
  6. Plant a tree on your birthday.
  7. Learn three clean jokes.
  8. Compliment three people every day.
  9. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  10. Leave everything a little better than you found it.
  11. Keep it simple.
  12. Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
  13. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  14. Ask for a raise ONLY when you feel you’ve earned it.
  15. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  16. Overtip breakfast waitresses.
  17. Say “thank you” alot.
  18. Avoid negative people.
  19. Remember other people’s birthdays.
  20. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  21. Have a firm handshake.
  22. Look people in the eye.
  23. Be the first to say “Hello”.
  24. Return all things you borrow.
  25. Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
  26. Keep secrets – Don’t gossip.
  27. Sing in the choir.
  28. Plant flowers every spring.
  29. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  30. Stop blaming others.
  31. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  32. Wave at kids on school buses.
  33. Be there when people need you.
  34. Don’t expect life to be fair.
  35. Never underestimate the power of love.
  36. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
  37. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know”.
  38. Compliment even small improvements.
  39. Keep your promises (no matter what).
  40. Marry only for love.
  41. Rekindle old friendships.
  42. Count your blessings.

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