50 Life Lessons From An 80-Year-Old Man

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It’s great to heed the advice of people from a certain age – they have the experience and the wisdom to prove that their advice is sensible and sound. What’s interesting to note that most sage of these pieces of advice focus on the simple things in life – the things that bring us satisfaction and unbridled happiness.

Recently, an 80-year-old man wrote a comprehensive 50-item list that tells us what we need to live an honorable and happy life. He writes about the virtues of connecting with others and how owning a stereo system could seriously improve the quality of your life.


1. Have a firm handshake.

2. Look people in the eye.

3. Sing in the shower.

4. Own a great stereo system. It’s a necessity in some situations.

5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.

6. Keep secrets.

7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.

8. Always accept an outstretched hand.

9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

10. Whistle.

11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.

12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of all your happiness and misery.

13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.

15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.

16. When playing games with children, let them win.

17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.

18. Be romantic.

19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it seems.

21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.

22. Be a gracious loser.

23. Be a humble winner.

24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.

26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were even born.

27. Keep things simple.

28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

30. Live your life so that the epitaph could read, “No Regrets”.

31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.

34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.

35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you only need to stay a few minutes.

36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.

37. Once in a while, take a scenic route.

38. Send a lot of Valentine’s Cards. Sign them, “Someone who thinks you’re terrific”.

39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

40. Keep a notepad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million dollar ideas strike at 3 A.M.

41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job is.

42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.

44. Become someone’s hero.

45. Marry only for love.

46. Count your blessings.

47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.

48. Wave at the children on a school bus.

49. Remember that 80% of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.

50. Don’t expect life to be fair.

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