We’ve all seen the 7 Cardinal Rules of Life. But, here’s an expanded list of additional rules I found that we should all aspire to live by to achieve our ultimate happiness.

Be the person you want to be, because you have to see that person every day.

Stay true to yourself, because no one respects a follower.

Treat your body like a temple, because you only have one. And, it too has a time clock.

Be nice to your parents, because you never know how long you have with them.

Cherish love when you find it, because it’s rare.

Always take the high road, because the low road is never as fun.

Share your wealth with your loved ones, because it’s never fun spending it alone.

Never place happiness on material possessions, because they usually break.

Remember those who helped you, because they haven’t forgotten.

Help those in need, because you never know when you’ll need them.

Stop thinking so much, because your thoughts are the root of most of your problems.

Choose kindness, because bad words make even worse enemies.

Follow your heart, because there’s no better guide.

Give thanks, because it’s way better than asking for forgiveness.

Never lie, because you’ll always get caught.

Tell your parents you love them, because that’s all they wants to hear.

Sing when you feel like singing, because your voice is meant to be heard.

Dance like nobody’s watching, because that’s how our bodies should move.

Always speak from your heart, because there’s no equivalent substitute.

Never cry over spilled milk, because it’s just milk.

Forget those who did you wrong, because they definitely forgot you.

Don’t discredit anyone or break loyalty, because you might need a job some day.

Keep your enemies close, because there’s no better place to keep your eyes on them.

Go to bed early, because it’s easier to get up in the morning.

Find the silver lining, unless there’s a golden one.

Never judge on first impressions, because people always surprise you.

Be prepared for the worst but don’t expect it, since it’s always better to be surprised than disappointed.

Forgive those who hurt you, because you’re only hurting yourself at this point.

Never follow the crowd, because you’re better than that.

Don’t rely on appearances, because beauty fades for everyone.

Ask questions, because they’re the precursor to answers.

Respect your elders, because they’re smarter than you.

Make your own path, because it’s the only way to where you want to go.

Remember the good times, because bad times will give you an ulcer.

Work hard, because nothing good comes from being lazy.

Dream big, because small dreams are never worth the chase.

Start today, because tomorrow may never come.

Think for yourself, because you’re smarter than everyone else.

Be a dreamer, because no one likes a realist.

Think before speaking, because it always helps your case.

Don’t take life too seriously, because when it’s over you’ll feel like a fool.

Be a good friend, because the world needs more. There isn’t a world of good people out here.

Look people in the eye, because everywhere else will seem disrespectful.

Breathe and be happy, because that’s the whole point.


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