by Guest Blogger Dianne Orwig
Life can be magical when you have a clear set of personal rules to live by. Here are my top 10 rules for living a happy, abundant life. (I hope they inspire you to create your own set of rules for living life to the fullest!)
Life Rule #1: Look for what pleases you, rather than what annoys you
Whether it’s your partner, your brother, your pet, home, or work, try pointing the majority of your attention toward the things you really love and appreciate, rather than looking for the things you find annoying or irritating.
Life Rule #2: Have a life that is yours alone
Try, as much as possible, to live a life that is not tied too closely to the actions and opinions of others. Do what you love and love what you do.
Life Rule#3: Appreciate where you are now
As you make your way toward your ultimate goals and dreams, make an intentional effort to love where you are on the way there. Find at least one thing about your life RIGHT NOW that satisfies you.
Life Rule #4: Have some fun
Laugh, dance, do something silly. Watch a funny movie, go for a swim, have lobster for dinner. Whatever you think is fun, pick one thing per day and Just Do It!
Life Rule #5: Say what you need to say
Don’t hold back… if you want to say, “I love you,” say it. If you need to say, “You hurt me,” say that too.
Life Rule #6: Surround yourself with people you love
Make a list of the people who make you feel safe, inspired, happy, or motivated. Keep them close and let them know, on a regular basis, how much they mean to you.
Life Rule #7: Forget About the money (at least for a little while)
Money makes the world go round, BUT if everything you do is based solely on the monetary value, you’re destined to miss a lot of life on the way to your “riches.” Make a habit of doing something every day that you would do regardless of whether you ever see a dime for your efforts or not.
Life Rule #8: Be a duck – let things roll off your back
Contrary to popular belief, life is not about struggle, hardship and pain. Often, simply deciding that you will look the other way, turn the other cheek, or smile and say “no problem,” can spell the difference between misery and happiness. It’s always your choice.
Life Rule #9: Do a DRAK (Daily Random Act of Kindness)
Hold the elevator, wave the other car in, in fact, let two in, pay the next guy’s toll, tell someone they smell really good. Find someone to compliment and do it.
Life Rule#10: Take care of the vehicle you’ve been given
In a world where most of our time is spent taking care of others – your boss, your children, a friend in need, our significant other – it’s important to remember that it’s our physical bodies that take us from point “A” to point “B.” Without it, it’s impossible to take care of anything or anyone else. Make self care top priority.
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Thanks for your post. Those are some great rules. Here are the rules I want my children to live by — all are quotes by John Wooden…..
“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
“Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.”
“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.”
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
and………..”You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
As always Dianne, great words of wisdom you have shared with us and now some pretty cool life rules to follow. I think they will be an asset to all who read this and use them.
Thank you again.
..and i liked that other commenters post quote about being average…as close to the bottom as to the top…(humility) good stuff there too
What a great post! I apply many of the things you’ve written but never considered them personal rules. I like that!