This cool list of “advice for a happy life” was received in one of those annoying chain emails … but it’s value is priceless and well worth sharing. I wonder what other words of wisdom you have to add to these gems.

  1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
  4. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.
  5. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.
  6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
  7. Believe in love at first sight.
  8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.
  9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
  10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
  11. Don’t judge people by their relatives.
  12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
  13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’
  14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  15. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.
  16. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  17. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
  18. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  19. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  21. Spend some time alone.

My own personal list of advice for a happy life goes something like this …

  • Only make decisions when I am in an emotionally neutral space.
  • Be thoughtful of other people’s feelings when I am providing feedback.
  • Tell the truth, no matter how difficult it might seem at the time!
  • Integrity is something that only I can decide if you possess or not.
  • Be accepting of other people’s lifestyle choices.
  • Do NOT pass judgment and label someone as anything … such as stupid, weak, bad, ugly, lazy etc.
  • Know that my greatest power is to change my attitude.
  • All people are doing the best they know how to.
  • It’s best to let go when I know I’ve done the best I can possibly do.
  • Have faith in my abilities, common sense, skills, wisdom, courage and vision for the future.
  • I can be anything I want to be by making conscious choices each step of the way.
  • It is just as easy to reach for bigger goals than for smaller ones.
  • Trust that everything works out for the best.
  • Be open to even better outcomes than I could have possibly imagined.
  • Doing what I enjoy doing for a living, is one of the finest pleasures in life.
  • To forgive is one of the greatest gifts I give myself.
  • Never to judge in the first place is even better.
  • To talk about the unpleasant things that happened in the past, only serves to keep me there.
  • Miracles happen all the time – I simply have to recognize them.
  • Don’t expect people to remember me for what I’ve said, they’ll remember me mostly for how I’ve make them feel.
  • I create my life with every thought, word and action.
  • Worry is a prayer for what I don’t want.
  • The two most powerful words in the universe are “I am!”
  • If I don’t choose how I intend to feel each day, I’ll most likely be drawn into how other people are feeling instead.
  • People love me for who I am, exactly the way I am – right now!
  • Once I set a goal, always take one step towards it’s attainment – immediately.
  • A good leader always takes responsibility – no matter what!
  • If I let go of fear, fear let’s go of me.
  • One of the benefits of working for no pay, is that I can leave whenever I want.
  • Giving people what they want is the best way to do business.
  • Put myself first.
  • Actions speak much louder than words.
  • Speak my mind when I feel strongly about something.
  • Don’t make other people feel obligated.
  • Do what I feel like doing as often as I can.
  • Let myself cry when I feel like it, even if it is in public.
  • Say “I love you” when I feel like it, but don’t expect anything in return.
  • I can command respect easily, simply by respecting myself first.
  • Mistakes are my best teachers.
  • To remain calm and to breathe is the best way to overcome pain.
  • I can tell more about a person by what he says about others, than by what others say about him.
  • Give as much as I can, as often as I can, and in the best ways I can.

What fun,

Elizabeth Richardson


Good Advice For A Happy Life


Elizabeth Richardson currently lives on The Gold Coast Of Australia and is a mother, teacher and author of the International Best Seller 500 Confessions. Elizabeth worked as a Professional Counselor, has trained to lead Group Therapy Workshops , studied Strategic Intervention with Anthony Robbins and Cloé Madanes and is a certified Rebirth Practitioner (Australian Institute Of Rebirthing). These days Elizabeth enjoys a life of total luxury but still plays as a writer professional photographer and web designer. Her passion for living, loving and laughing, remains at the forefront of her focus.

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