the good life



If you are looking for life rules to live the good life you have come to the right place!


Below is an excerpt from my book THE SMART KIDS GUIDE TO EVERYTHING.

It details 100 rules for creating and living a good life.

It was intended to be wise and practical advice for children and teens, however on second glance I believe that even adults would benefit from taking on board some of these useful tips.





1 Always be kind

2 Stand up for yourself

3 See failure as a beginning, not an end

4 Do the hard things, even if you don’t think you can

5 Be generous

6 Have a grateful heart

7 Discipline yourself to save money even when you don’t have a lot

8 Commit yourself to constant improvement

9 Assume nothing, question everything

10 Follow your dreams



11 Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated

12 Teach others what you know

13 Understand happiness isn’t based on your possessions or power but on relationships with people you love and respect

14 Believe in yourself

15 Find time to play

16 Hug often

17 Be loyal

18 Work hard

19 Give credit where credit is due

20 Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully



21 Be forgiving of yourself and others

22 Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your parents proud

23 Be proud of yourself

24 Always do your best

25 Say “I love you”

26 Speak the truth

27 Keep your promises

28 Say please and thank you

29 Try new things

30 Enjoy the little things



31 Read more

32 Be humble

33 Return everything you borrow

34 Listen more and talk less

35 Be organised

36 Smile often

37 Realize and accept life isn’t always fair

38 Learn from the past

39 Plan for the future

40 Live in the present



41 Admit it when you make a mistake

42 Don’t complain. Make things better

43 Don’t argue

44 Give more than you take

45 Have faith

46 Say your prayers

47 Do at least one good deed every day

48 Take time to be alone

49 Marry the right person – this one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery

50 Be part of the solution and not the problem


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51 Take risks

52 Dream big

53 Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for your life

54 Be bold and courageous

55 Never give up

56 Love one another

57 Play fair

58 Have fun

59 Laugh and giggle

60 Learn to laugh at yourself



61 Do the right things for the right reasons

62 Do not judge others

63 Be yourself

64 Eat well

65 See problems as challenges

66 Exercise

67 Accept what cannot be changed

68 Count your blessings, not your troubles

69 Agree to sometimes disagree

70 Trust your intuition



71 Don’t hold grudges

72 Speak well of others

73 Choose friends wisely

74 Stay true to your convictions

75 Never compare yourself to others

76 Let go of competing

77 Let go of anger

78 Let go of guilt

79 Let go of regrets

80 Let go of worrying



81 Let go of fear

82 Make sure to get some rest

83 Try new things

84 It’s okay to cry when you need to

85 Don’t wait. Start now

86 Think before you speak

87 Always do more than is expected of you

88 Make peace with the past

89 Never expect, demand or assume

90 Be patient



91 Use your manners

92 Travel when possible

93 Never stop learning

94 Follow your heart

95 Remember you are loved

96 If you don’t go after what you want, you will never have it

97 If you don’t ask the answer will always be no

98 If you don’t step forward you will always be in the same place

99 Don’t sweat the small stuff

100 It’s all small stuff




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