Sing in the shower ● Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated ● Watch a sunrise at least once a year ● Leave the toilet seat in the down position ● Never refuse homemade brownies ● Strive for excellence, not perfection ● Plant a tree on your birthday ● Learn three clean jokes ● Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full ● Compliment three people every day ● Never waste an opportunitity to tell someone you love them ● Leave everything a little better than you found it ● Keep it simple ● Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures ● Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know ● Floss your teeth ● Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it ● Be forgiving of yourself and others ● Overtip breakfast waitresses ● Say “thank you” a lot ● Say “please” a lot ● Avoid negative people ● Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards ● Wear polished shoes ● Remember other people’s birthdays ● Commit yourself to constant improvement ● Carry jumper cables in your trunk ● Have a firm handshake ● Send lots of Valentine’s cards. Sign them, “Someone who thinks you’re terrific.” ● Look people in the eye ● Be the first to say, “Hello” ● Use the good silver ● Return all things you borrow ● Make friends but cherish the old ones ● Keep secrets ● Sing in a choir ● Plant flowers every spring ● Have a dog ● Always accept an outstretched hand ● Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life ● Wave at kids on school buses ● Be there when people need you ● Feed a stranger’s expired parking meter ● Don’t expect life to be fair ● Never underestimate the power of love ● Drink champagne for no reason at all ● Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation ● 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 ●
For as long as I can remember, these have been on a poster in my grandmother's house. They have always been a refreshing reminder to me and I hope they might be the same for you.