The Boozy Gardener’s 10 Rules for Life

Inspired by a recent Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History podcast, 12 Rules for Life, I decided to create my own 12 Rules as a part of my 2019 Happiness Project. I thought creating these rules would help me better understand myself and my values. If I could then abide by these rules, I’d be happier.

However, after five weeks of brainstorming, I could only come up with 10 Rules. Luckily for me, Gladwell cheated and only came up with two on his podcast, so I don’t feel too bad. Here are my 10:

  1. Time spent doing your hair could be time better spent sleeping.
  2. Stop to smell the roses, or if you cannot smell (like me), pet all the dogs, cats and friendly critters.
  3. Always work your hardest and try your best. No excuses (even a bad hangover).
  4. Don’t make a small problem large.
  5. Smile at strangers and say hello. You may freak them out or make their day. Either way, it’s a win for you.
  6. Be kind; even in the face of unkindness.
  7. Coffee and Scrubbing Bubbles are mankind’s two greatest inventions. Go ahead and use them.
  8. Eat an apple every day. It really does keep the doctor away.
  9. Tell people you love them… especially when you’re angry with them.
  10. Don’t be an asshole. It’s the tenant of every major world religion.

I hope this list inspires you to be kind, to yourself and others. What would you put on your list of 12 (or 2 or 7 or 10) life rules? Comment below!