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5 rules for life: (or What I’ve Learned So Far)

Posted by sailorstakewarning on August 22, 2010

always smile with your eyes & not just your teeth. a smile can turn someone’s day around, or warm a heart, but not if it’s not real.

hug your friends & family. if you or they are not huggers & you must shake hands with them, shake hands firmly but kindly  – don’t squeeze them with a death grip; it proves nothing. likewise, do not give “dead hand;” you may as well be telling someone “yes, hi – i’m only shaking your hand because it’s a socially acceptable greeting.”

laugh out loud. let loose & really laugh if something’s funny. don’t be afraid to be loud, snort, hoot, wheeze or cry while laughing; if something’s funny & if you’re holding yourself back by just emitting a chuckle, you’re doing both yourself & everyone else an injustice.

take time to eat. not just the obvious 3 or 5 meals a day, but take time to eat. taste your food. don’t hoover it down like your life depends on immediate ingestion; enjoy it. it’s part of why your body is still alive, working, running. don’t do it the injustice of gulping your meal down quickly.

be silent at some point in your day. sit quietly & simply focus on your breath – in, out, in, out. pick out a sound in the backrgound noise & focus on it alone. raindrops. a bird. the wind in a tree. take 5-10 minutes to just focus your body – we all have a center & need to listen to it intently.

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