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Life's Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life Paperback – September 29, 2000
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A random sampling of these spattered tidbits includes:
Learn to listen. Advice sometimes knocks very softly.
Be courteous to everyone.
Read to your children.
Be enthusiastic about the success of others.
Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
Never criticize the person who signs your paycheck.
Lie on your back and look at the stars.
And one I especially liked:
Evaluate yourself by your own standards, not by someone else's.
So as you can see, these are nice little gems of wisdom. Not Confucius-level material, perhaps, but I doubt there's anyone who can't find something to grin over, agree with, or be improved by, all for less than ten bucks.
The genesis of this book is a wonderful and heart-warming story. When the author's son was heading off to college, Brown decided to jot down a few words of wisdom to help his son through his college years. He typed it up and presented it to his son as they dropped him off at his dorm. A few days later his son called to express his appreciation of this "best gift ever".
The theme of these little instructions can be summed up by saying, "Be responsible, be positive and be appreciative." Still, you have to love the humor, joy, and practicality of each one. Some of my favorites are: No. 274 "Leave everything a little better than you found it." No.503 "Be alert for opportunities to show praise and appreciation." And No. 30 "Never buy a house without a fireplace." (Oops! Too late.)
Finally, to everyone who enjoyed this book I would encourage you to read another book of wisdom, The Book of Proverbs. Its words of wisdom are even better. (After all, Instruction No. 115 is " Give yourself a year and read the Bible cover to cover.")
I highly recommend this book as a great gift for the young adult reaching a milestone in their lives or for anyone that could use a few good ideas that will truly help them live happier and more rewarding lives. No doubt about it!
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Highly recommend this book for everyone!! Great as a graduation gift, too. Would love to have given to all my high school graduates and beyond!!Published 6 days ago by G B
First purchased this tiny book in the 1990's at the University of Notre Dame Bookstore. In one of the relocations lost the original so ordered it from Amazon to give to a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had an original copy of this book about 20 years ago. I recently misplaced the book and just had to have another copy. Thank you Amazon for locating a good copy for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Florrie Tobis