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H. Jackson Brown, Jr. originally wrote Life's Little Instruction Book™ as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown. Jackson Brown originally wrote Life's Little Instruction book as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, "I read . H. Jackson Brown, Jr. originally wrote "Life's Little Instruction Book(TM)" as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year.
A boat in the harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim Hug a cow.
Chances are someone else has just thought of it, too. Success comes to the one who acts first. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery. Instead, tell them what needs to be done.
Ask someone to pick up your mail and daily paper when you're out of town. Those are the first two things potential burglars look for. Use your wit to amuse, not abuse. Remember that all news is biased. Take a photography course. Let people pull in front of you when you're stopped in traffic. Don't make the same mistake twice. Demand excellence and be willing to pay for it. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Hug children after you discipline them.
Learn to make something beautiful with your hands. Give to charity all the clothes you haven't worn during the past three years. Never forget your anniversary. Eat prunes.
Ride a bike. Page 2 of 45 3. Choose a charity in your community and support it generously with your time and money. Don't take good health for granted.
When someone wants to hire you, even if it's for a job you have little interest in, talk to them. Never close the door on an opportunity until you've had a chance to hear the offer in person. Don't mess with drugs, and don't associate with those who do. Slow dance. Avoid sarcastic remarks. Steer clear of restaurants with strolling musicians. In business and in family relationships, remember that the most important thing is trust. Forget the Joneses. Never encourage anyone to become a lawyer.
Don't smoke. Even if you're financially well-to-do, have your children earn and pay part of their college tuition. Even if you're financially well-to-do, have your children earn and pay for all their automobile insurance. Recycle old newspapers, bottles, and cans. Refill ice cube trays. Don't let anyone ever see you tipsy. Never invest more in the stock market than you can afford to lose.
Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come ninety percent of all your happiness or misery. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who'll never find out. Attend class reunions. Lend only those books you never care to see again. Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it's just a daisy in a jelly glass. Know how to type. Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures. Never download a beige car. Learn how to read a financial report.
Tell your kids often how terrific they are and that you trust them. Use credit cards only for convenience, never for credit.
Take a brisk thirty-minute walk every day. Treat yourself to a massage on your birthday. Never cheat. Smile a lot. It costs nothing and is beyond price.
When dining with clients or business associates, never order more than one cocktail or one glass of wine. If no one else is drinking, don't drink at all. Page 3 of 45 4. Know how to drive a stick shift. Decide to get up thirty minutes earlier. Do this for a year, and you will add seven and one-half days to your waking world.
Never use profanity. Don't expect others to listen to your advice and ignore your example. Learn to identify local wildflowers, birds, and trees. Keep fire extinguishers in your kitchen and car. Give yourself a year and read the Bible cover to cover. Consider writing a living will.
Install dead bolt locks on outside doors. Don't download expensive wine, luggage, or watches. Put a lot of little marshmallows in your hot chocolate. Learn CPR. Resist the temptation to download a boat. Stop and read historical roadside markers. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Know how to change a tire. Know how to tie a bow tie. Respect your children's privacy.
Knock before entering their rooms. Wear audacious underwear under the most solemn business attire. Remember people's names. Introduce yourself to the manager where you bank. Leave the toilet seat in the down position.
Don't download cheap tools. Cherish your children for what they are, not for what you'd like them to be. When someone is relating an important event that's happened to them, don't try to top them with a story of your own. Let them have the stage. Keep an extra key hidden somewhere on your car in case you lock yourself out. Have crooked teeth straightened. Have dull-colored teeth whitened. Keep your watch five minutes fast.
When negotiating your salary, think of what you want; then ask for ten percent more. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have. When starting out, don't worry about not having enough money. Limited funds are a blessing, not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way. Give yourself an hour to cool off before responding to someone who has provoked you.
If it involves something really important, give yourself overnight. Pay your bills on time. Join a slow-pitch softball league. Page 4 of 45 5. Take someone bowling. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries under the bed and in the glove box of your car. When playing games with children, let them win. Turn off the television at dinner time. Steer clear of restaurants that rotate. Skip one meal a week and give what you would have spent to a street person.
Sing in a choir. Get acquainted with a good lawyer, accountant, and plumber. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Stand at attention and put your hand over your heart when singing the national anthem. Resist the temptation to put a cute message on your answering machine. Have a will and tell your next-of-kin where it is. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Take time to smell the roses. Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage. Be tough minded but tenderhearted. Use seat belts. Have regular medical and dental checkups.
Keep your desk and work area neat. Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you. Be punctual and insist on it in others. Don't waste time responding to your critics.
Avoid negative people. Don't scrimp in order to leave money to your children. Resist telling people how something should be done. Instead, tell them what needs to be done. They will often surprise you with creative solutions. Be original. Be neat. Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. Be suspicious of all politicians. Be kinder than necessary. Encourage your children to have a part-time job after the age of sixteen.
Give people a second chance, but not a third. Read carefully anything that requires your signature. Remember the big print giveth and the small print taketh away. Never take action when you're angry. Learn to recognize the inconsequential, then ignore it. Be your wife's best friend.
Do battle against prejudice and discrimination wherever you find it. Page 5 of 45 6. Wear out, don't rust out. Be romantic. Let people know what you stand for—and what you won't stand for. Don't quit a job until you've lined up another. Never criticize the person who signs your paycheck. If you are unhappy with your job, resign. Be insatiably curious.
Ask "why" a lot. Measure people by the size of their hearts, not the size of their bank accounts. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
Learn how to fix a leaky faucet and toilet. Have good posture. Enter a room with purpose and confidence. Don't worry that you can't give your kids the best of everything. Give them your very best. Drink low fat milk. Use less salt. Eat less red meat. Determine the quality of a neighborhood by the manners of the people living there.
Surprise a new neighbor with one of your favorite homemade dishes —and include the recipe. Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Feed a stranger's expired parking meter.
Park at the back of the lot at shopping centers. The walk is good exercise. Don't watch violent television shows, and don't download the products that sponsor them.
Don't carry a grudge. Show respect for all living things. Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full. Choose work that is in harmony with your values.
Loosen up. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Give your best to your employer. It's one of the best investments you can make.
Set short-term and long-term goals. Attend high school art shows, and always download something. Observe the speed limit. Commit yourself to constant self-improvement.
Take your dog to obedience school. You'll both learn a lot. Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for your convenience, not the caller's. Don't waste time grieving over past mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Page 6 of 45 7. When complimented, a sincere "thank you" is the only response required. Don't plan a long evening on a blind date. A lunch date is perfect. If things don't work out, both of you have only wasted an hour.
Don't discuss business in elevators. You never know who may overhear you. Be a good loser. Be a good winner. Never go grocery shopping when you're hungry. You'll download too much.
Spend less time worrying who's right, and more time deciding what's right. Don't major in minor things. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
Praise in public. Criticize in private. Never tell anyone they look tired or depressed. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go. Resist giving advice concerning matrimony, finances, or hair styles. Have impeccable manners. Never pay for work before it's completed. Keep good company. Keep a daily journal. Keep your promises. Avoid any church that has cushions on the pews and is considering building a gymnasium.
Teach your children the value of money and the importance of saving. Be willing to lose a battle in order to win the war. Don't be deceived by first impressions. Seek out the good in people.
Never discuss money with people who have much more or much less than you. Never download something you don't need just because it's on sale.
Drink eight glasses of water every day. Respect tradition. Be cautious about lending money to friends. You might lose both. Never waste an opportunity to tell good employees how much they mean to the company.
download a bird feeder and hang it so that you can see it from your kitchen window. Never cut what can be untied. Wave at children on school buses. Tape record your parents' memories of how they met and their first years of marriage.
Show respect for others' time. Call whenever you're going to be more than ten minutes late for an appointment. Page 7 of 45 8. Hire people smarter than you. Learn to show cheerfulness, even when you don't feel like it.
Learn to show enthusiasm, even when you don't feel like it. Take good care of those you love. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born. Keep it simple. download gas from the neighborhood gas station even if it costs more.
Next winter when it's six degrees and your car won't start, you'll be glad they know you. Don't jaywalk. Never ask a lawyer or accountant for business advice. They are trained to find problems, not solutions.
When meeting someone for the first time, resist asking what they do for a living. Enjoy their company without attaching any labels. Avoid like the plague any lawsuit. Every day show your family how much you love them with your words, with your touch, and with your thoughtfulness. Take family vacations whether you can afford them or not. The memories will be priceless. Don't gossip. Don't discuss salaries. Don't nag. Don't gamble. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
Lie on your back and look at the stars. Don't leave car keys in the ignition. Don't whine.
Arrive at work early and stay beyond quitting time. When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you're going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce. Change air conditioner filters every three months. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Leave everything a little better than you found it.
Cut out complimentary newspaper articles about people you know and mail the articles to them with notes of congratulations. Patronize local merchants even if it costs a bit more. Fill your gas tank when it falls below one-quarter full. Don't expect money to bring you happiness.
Never snap your fingers to get someone's attention. It's rude. No matter how dire the situation, keep your cool. When paying cash, ask for a discount. Page 8 of 45 9. Find a good tailor. Don't use a toothpick in public. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Never overestimate your power to change others. Practice empathy. Try to see things from other people's points of view.
Promise big. Deliver big. Discipline yourself to save money.
It's essential to success. Get and stay in shape. Find some other way of proving your manhood than by shooting defenseless animals and birds. Remember the deal's not done until the check has cleared the bank.
Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don't spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Keep overhead low. Keep expectations high. Accept pain and disappointment as part of life. Remember that a successful marriage depends on two things: See problems as opportunities for growth and self-mastery. Don't believe people when they ask you to be honest with them.
Don't expect life to be fair. Become an expert in time management. Lock your car even if it's parked in your own driveway. Never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink. Judge your success by the degree that you're enjoying peace, health, and love. Learn to handle a handsaw and a hammer. Take a nap on Sunday afternoons. Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home. Make the bed when you're an overnight visitor in someone's home. Contribute five percent of your income to charity.
Don't leave a ring in the bathtub. Don't waste time playing cards. When tempted to criticize your parents, spouse, or children, bite your tongue. Never underestimate the power of love.
Never underestimate the power of forgiveness. Don't bore people with your problems. When someone asks you how you feel — say, "Terrific, never better. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Be tactful. Never alienate anyone on purpose. Page 9 of 45 Hear both sides before judging. Refrain from envy. It's the source of much unhappiness. Be courteous to everyone. Wave to crosswalk patrol mothers. Don't say you don't have enough time.
When there's no time for a full work-out, do push-ups. Don't delay acting on a good idea. Chances are someone else has just thought of it, too. Success comes to the one who acts first.
Be wary of people who tell you how honest they are. Remember that winners do what losers don't want to do. When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone's day. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in a harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out.
Install smoke detectors in your home. Rekindle old friendships. When traveling, put a card in your wallet with your name, home phone, the phone number of a friend or close relative, important medical information, plus the phone number of the hotel or motel where you're staying.
Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Ever so often push your luck. Don't interrupt. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 27th by Thomas Nelson first published More Details Original Title.
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Patricks Day I have since read it. They made some notes throughout which made it extra special. My Dad even added a few at the end, " - Always date letters, papers and documents still do this and kick myself when I don't , - Wear sweaters instead of lighting fires, - Be Happy, - Be Swedish from the full-blood Swede.
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