Because I devote much of my energy to figuring out how to lead a happier and more fulfilling life, I love lists of advice for doing so. Like the Five Buddhist Precepts, I keep them in the back of my mind and revisit the lists when I feel I’m getting off track. Realistically, I know that I won’t follow all of the advice all of the time, but I can make my best effort.

Here are a couple of lists my radar lately:

1. Tips for a Better Life

Janine Julia Jankovitz, a new Jackson friend of mine and fellow writer, wrote a post listing Nithya Shanti’s 38 Tips for a Better Life. They include 10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants and 29. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.

Janine takes issue with 17. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar, and I do, too. As a lifelong foodie, I refuse to eat any meals like a beggar. (Of course, I’m very grateful for the luxury.)

2. 1001 Rules for My Unborn Son

The tagline of this blog is “Let’s get some things straight before I get old and uncool.” It offers witty advice like 315. You can’t cram for a dentist’s exam and 311. Don’t date your bartender. As of this writing, the author is only on Rule #333, so there are plenty more to come.

One of these days, I’ll make my own lists of tips for a better life and rules for my unborn child. For today I’ll start with a few that have been on my mind:

1. Before you tease someone, ask yourself if you actually mean to criticize. And if you do, stop.

2. Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry, drink when you’re thirsty, and sleep when you’re tired. Don’t put it off.

3. Feeling unproductive? Close Facebook now.

Now if I can only learn to follow my own advice.

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