20 Instructions for Life

This 'life instructions' list from the Dalai Lama* has gone viral and I absolutely love it! Here it is:

1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R’s:
-  Respect for self,
-  Respect for others and
-  Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

*Editor's Note: The original version of this story attributed this list to the Dalai Lama. Our shrewd readers brought it to our attention that this list actually originates from Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Our thanks to the readers for pointing this out, and our apologies to you for the improper citation. 

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Rebecca was certified through Laughing Lotus and Street Yoga. She teaches yoga at House of Jai Yoga, Namaste Tranquility Center, and Loom Studios. She dances, cooks, laughs, loves, and hopes in New York City.