40 Little Instructions on Life


Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

Watch a sunrise at least once a year.

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

Plant a tree on your birthday.

Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.

Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them. Leave everything a little better than you found it.

Keep it simple.

Think big thoughts but relish simple pleasures.

Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Be forgiving on yourself and others.

Say “thank you” a lot.

Say “please” a lot.

Avoid negative people.

Wear polished shoes.

Remember other people’s birthdays.

Commit yourself to constant improvement.

Have a firm handshake.

Send lots of valentine’s cards and sign them.

Look people in the eye.

Be the first to say ‘hello’.


Return all things you borrow.

Make new friends but cherish the old ones.

Keep secrets.

Plant flowers every spring.

Have a dog.

Always accept and outstretched hand.

Stop blaming others.

Take responsibility for every area of your life.

Be there when people need you.

Don’t expect life to be fair.

Compliment at least 3 people per day.

Never underestimate the power of love.

Don’t be afraid to say, “I made a mistake.”

Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”

Compliment even small improvements.

Keep your promises no matter what.

Marry only for love.

Rekindle old friendships.

Count your blessings.

Call your Mother.

And your Dad too.

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    July 7, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I landed upon this post on my Do Good Summer Reading Challenge and am so glad I did. There are so many great words of wisdom in this post – it is hard to pick my favorite. Definitely agree with “Rekindle old friendships” – I’ve done this a few times in recent years and am so glad I did. This list is a terrific reminder of how we need to live our lives. Very inspiring!

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    July 8, 2013 at 1:39 am

    What a great list! I’m going to bookmark the page:) Thanks for sharing

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      July 8, 2013 at 2:39 am

      Thanks for visiting, Shari! Don’t forget you can subscribe to us and get our articles sent straight to your inbox moments after they are posted! xx

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    […] and think it will stick with me for a lifetime.  Clare at Grace and Poise shared with her readers 40 Little Instructions on Life and they are so valuable they needed to be shared.  Clare’s list is simple, yet inspiring.  […]

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    December 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I love your blog! And as I scroll through your past posts, this one stands out the most. It’s ideal for the big changes I have recently had to make to my life. Thanks!

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