Happy & Rewarding Life

I was in the emergency room recently, when I came across this list of sayings, entitled “Suggestions on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life”. It is a small part of the booklet Life’s Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Browne Jr. (Rutledge Hill Press, 1991). Both the book and these sayings are thought provoking and wise. See if you don’t agree.


Take time to smell the roses.

Take a nap on Sunday afternoon.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.

Be thankful for every meal.

Don’t be afraid to say “I’m sorry”.

Don’t take good health for granted.

Don’t interrupt.

Don’t tailgate.

Improve your performance by improving your attitude.

Wave at children on the school bus.

Listen to your children.

Leave everything a little better than you found it.

Leave the toilet seat in the down position.

Keep it simple.

Keep good company.

Keep your promise.

Be kinder than necessary.

Take good care of those you love.

Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

Wear outrageous underwear under the most formal business attire.


Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health, and love.

Be a good loser.

Be a good winner.

Be romantic.

Live so that when your children think of  fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.

Enjoy real maple syrup.

Never refuse homemade brownies.

Never give anyone a fruitcake.

Remember other people’s birthdays.

Sing in the shower.

Don’t nag.

Don’t gossip.

Don’t expect money to bring you happiness.

Be forgiving of yourself and others.

Never give up on anyone: miracles happen everyday.

Say “thank you” a lot.

Say “please” a lot.

Take your dog to obedience school; you’ll both learn a lot.

Learn to slow dance.

Don’t rain on other people’s parades.

Don’t postpone joy.

Stop blaming others; take responsibility for every area of your life.

Take care of your reputations; it’s your most valuable asset.

Count your blessings.


Marry only for love.

Call your mother.

Do more than is expected.

Be there when people need you.

Be someone’s hero..