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“To create more positive results in your life, replace ‘if only’ with ‘next time’.”


Not too long ago I shared with you a list of life principles compiled by a fellow in India. Yesterday I was sent a list of 40 tips for a better life from someone else. The list is too long to put it all in today’s Daily but I do want to share with you those that that I think have real merit.

Tips for a Better Life

Life is made up of good and bad lessons we accumulate along the way. In order to understand it, we must separate it into a few domains, each with their own lessons to teach us. This list of good advice was given by a group of people from all ages. So here are great tips for a great life!

  • Eat your breakfast like kings, lunch like princes, and dinner like beggars.
  • Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods made in factories.
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes a day.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
  • Don’t compare your life to those of others. You have no idea what their journey actually looks like.
  • Don’t waste time on negative thoughts or things you cannot change. Instead, divert your energy to a positive moment in the present.
  • You don’t have to win EVERY argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You may already have all you need, but if not, envy won’t get it for you.
  • Forget past events and don’t remind your partners of their past mistakes. It will ruin your present happiness. The past should stay in the past.-
  • Life’s too short to hate people. Don’t hate in vain.
  • No one is responsible for your happiness but you.
  • Smile more. Laugh more.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously, no one else will!
  • Every day give or do something good for another. Even if it’s as small as holding a door for someone. Add to the good in the world.
  • Forgive everyone, for everything. At least try.
  • Try to make at least three people smile, every day.
  • Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or brings you enjoyment.
  • Forgiveness heals all wounds.
  • The best is yet to come.
  • When you wake up alive in the morning, don’t take it for granted – embrace it.
  • Never forget to enjoy the time you have, the moment you are experiencing, and the people that share these things with you!


Do more than belong: participate.

Do more than care: help.

Do more than believe: practice.

Do more than be fair: be kind.

Do more than forgive: forget.

Do more than dream: work.

    William Arthur Ward


On his first visit to the zoo, a little boy stared at the caged stork for a long time. He waved, jumped up and down, and stared at the stork a while longer. Finally, turning to his father, he exclaimed, “Gee, Dad, he doesn’t recognize me.” (Kids use to be told that the stork brought them)


Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.


Jill wanted a divorce from Todd.  The judge asked, “What fault do you find with your husband?”

“Your Honor, he’s a liar, a brute, a thief and a brainless idiot.”

“That’s very serious,” exclaimed his Honor, “Can you prove all that?”

“Prove it? Why everybody knows it.”

“If you knew all this, then why did you marry him?”

“I didn’t know it before I married him.”

Todd shouted out, “She did too!”


Education gets you the only important thing in life. An assigned parking space.


While attending a convention, three psychiatrists take a walk. “People are always coming to us with their guilt and fears,” one says, “but we have no one to go to with our own problems.”

“Since we’re all professionals,” another suggests, “why don’t we hear each other out right now?”

They agreed this is a good idea. The first psychiatrist confesses, “I’m a compulsive shopper and deeply in debt, so I usually over bill my patients as often as I can.”

The second admits, “I have a drug problem that’s out of control, and I frequently pressure my patients into buying illegal drugs for me.”

The third psychiatrist says, “I know it’s wrong, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t keep a secret.”


In my day, we didn’t have water. We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.


An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics. The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.”

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair.  One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: “What chair?”


A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


There are only two things to worry about.

Either you are well or you are sick.

If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about.

But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about.

Either you will get well or you will die.

If you get well, there is nothing to worry about.

If you die, there are only two things to worry about.

Either you will go to heaven or hell.

If you go to heaven there is nothing to worry about. But if you go to hell, you’ll be so busy shaking hands with friends you wouldn’t have time to worry!


“You don’t need to wait for that second chance, because every second is a chance to change your life for the better.”

Jeanette Coron


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


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