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Last updated on February 5th, 2024 at 05:26 pm

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Wow. WOW. Has it been 100 posts already?! Insane! It’s been a crazy few months so far for this year’s blog—from its beginnings where I had no idea of what to do or what to write, it’s definitely seen its highs and lows, but no matter what, the daily posts keep on coming!
To celebrate making it here, I’ve spent the past couple of weeks putting together a list of 100 tips that will IMPROVE YOUR LIFE1.

  1. Learn how to behave in the washroom. Don’t be nasty.
  2. Stop using IE6! There’s only 12% of the world left using IE6, and it needs to stop as soon as possible!
  3. Take breaks! Take time off from the craziness of the world around you and spend time by yourself, rediscovering things about yourself that you may have forgotten.
  4. Small talk is good, but actually getting to know somebody is a far more rewarding experience.
  5. Don’t spit. It’s disgusting and reserved for llamas (and camels, spittlebugs, spitting cobras and walruses).
  6. Carry a small pad of paper and a pen with you wherever you go—JUST IN CASE.
  7. Men: At any time, be ready to give your seat up for: children, the elderly, the physically disabled, and of course, your significant other.
  8. Women: in most cases, minus the significant other, everything else applies.
  9. Learn the difference between trash, recycling, compost, and greener alternatives to any of these.
  10. Sleep lots. (You can never get it back after you’ve lost it!)
  11. Get counselling! (Everyone needs a little help sometimes—don’t be afraid to admit it!)
  12. It’s not always about you, so don’t take everything personally. (Life is like an airport—we all come with our own baggage.)
  13. Smile often, even in the hard times.
  14. Be selfless, not selfish.
  15. Don’t let the negativity take control. Nip those thoughts in the bud before they become a bigger problem than they need to be.
  16. Pray daily. And if you don’t believe, meditate.
  17. You are who you hang out with. Keep the awesome people close and the Negative Neds and Nancys at bay.
  18. Cut coupons and use them only for things you were going to buy anyway. They’re not an excuse to buy extra crap!
  19. Be generous with more than just your money. (Time, patience and love all come to mind.)
  20. Walk as much as possible for as much as you’re able.
  21. If you’re not drinking at a bar, get water. Juice is a rip-off, and the pop’s probably watered down.
  22. Wants are not needs. The needs come first, and the list is MUCH shorter.
  23. Stairs. Learn to use them. And if you DO use them, stick to the flow of traffic. It’s like highway driving in rural areas—it’s cool for people on both sides to be going the same way if someone’s passing, but otherwise stick to one side. Or I will plough you down.
  24. Escalators are easier. Walk on the left, stand on the right. If you’re standing on the left, I reserve the right to cough and say irritated “Excuse Mes” behind you until you move.
  25. Quit your bad habits. Now. You think you’re not hurting anyone, but you are. Sometimes it’s just more obvious than others.
  26. Neither “yo mama” nor “that’s what she said” are appropriate responses to statements unless actually referring to someone’s mother and the things she or another female may have said.
  27. Pick up after yourself, your pets, and your family.
  28. If you’re in a rush, you probably didn’t plan well enough.
  29. Don’t spend a wad of cash on an impulse buy only to discover that things were better in the first place. Do your research and think it through.
  30. File your taxes online (where possible) and early (to avoid the rush).
  31. If someone doesn’t introduce you by name, they’ve forgotten it. Remind them of what it is. NICELY.
  32. If there’s no pole available on a subway, stand perpendicular to the direction the train’s going in to counter the force of its movement.
  33. I won’t judge you if you don’t judge me. It’s good to identify one’s faults before identifying those of anyone else.
  34. Spend more time doing what it is that you WANT to do.
  35. Don’t procrastinate—make like Nike and JUST DO IT.
  36. Always remember that race is only a social construct!
  37. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are all important—try your best to keep them all balanced.
  38. Do more squats! (You’ll need those legs.)
  39. Learn something new every day.
  40. Think critically—don’t simply accept everything that everyone tells you at face value.
  41. Seek first to understand before you seek to be understood.
  42. Don’t microwave food in your Tupperware—use a plate!
  43. Don’t cut corners—do it right the first time to save yourself from extra work later.
  44. YARFY—You are Responsible for Yourself; take responsibility for the actions that you make in life.
  45. Don’t be so hard on yourself or others—forgiveness is one of the keys to happiness.
  46. You are not above an apology.
  47. Eat your vegetables. (You’ll totally thank me for this a few years down the road.)
  48. Donate blood! (Blood cells only take 4–6 weeks to regenerate completely!)
  49. Learn how to use privacy settings on Facebook properly.
  50. Trust your instincts!
  51. Don’t get mad at what you can’t control. (Especially when driving.)
  52. All-nighters sound WAY more fun than they actually are (i.e. “not very”)
  53. Drink lots of water.
  54. You are what you think!
  56. Chew with your mouth closed. Do you know who chews with their mouths open? Cows. Horses. Know what you probably look like if you chew with your mouth open?
  57. SMILE! It makes you more approachable! It automatically makes you more fun! Unless it’s a creepy smile. DON’T DO A CREEPY SMILE! Smile like you mean it, but don’t overdo it! Fake smiles are ALWAYS WORSE than real ones!
  58. If no one else is there, DON’T TAKE THE MIDDLE SEAT. Or stall. Or urinal. You should always be at one end or the other. Unless it’s bread. Does anyone actually like bread ends?
  59. FEET OFF OF THE SEATS! Public transportation already has a footrest for your feet—it’s called the floor. Use it.
  60. The people in your conversation should win over your smartphone for attention. EVERY time.
  61. A conversation is held between a limited number of people, not everyone in the room. Anyone who talks loudly enough to be heard across the room and over another conversation NEEDS a mute button.
  62. KEEP IT RELEVANT! We have shorter attention spans than ever these days—if you’re writing someone about a specific event (a party, meeting them for the first time, etc.), I give you 48 hours to follow up. After that, you gradually start to transition from a friendly face to footnote.
  63. IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT! Sometimes, things should be kept as is. Here’s a story for you: one Saturday, I was mainly at home doing chores. I really needed a haircut, though. Because I was lazy, I decided to hit one up 5 minutes away rather than my usual, which was 30. After slow service and an unnaturally long haircut, I ended up with what was arguably the worst cut I’d had in a very long time. So if you’re got a system and it works, STICK TO IT. It works for a REASON.
  64. However, DO admit when things ARE broke!!!
  65. I don’t care who you are or what you think; there are RIGHT and WRONG ways to hang your toilet paper! (For the record, it should be hung with the paper falling toward you, not away.)
  66. Jeans pockets are a deception. If you want to make your jeans last, use them as seldom as possible.
  67. Follow through on the commitments you make. If you can’t, apologize early so that someone else can do it.
  68. There are only 24 hours in a day. Factoring in hygiene, food, sleep and work, you only have about 4 hours of “free time”. Learn how to optimize this if you can.
  69. Work-life balance isn’t solely the managing of your time between the two. If you don’t like your work, it will affect the rest of your life. THAT’S work-life balance.
  70. I won’t listen to Justin Bieber, but I can respect his hustle.
  71. Getting a BlackBerry was the second smartest thing I ever did for my sanity. Learning to put it away was the first.
  72. Wanna stop getting your butt whooped at Scrabble? Remember:
    • QI, ZA, JA, XI and XU are your friends
    • get rid of Cs and Vs as soon as possible
    • Bonus spots and bingos will make or break the game
  73. Everything is better live.
  74. Take care of yourself now, because it gets harder every year.
  75. Life isn’t fair. Accept it. Just live yours as well as you can.
  76. Take time to enjoy your accomplishments.
  77. Get to know yourself. It’s one person you won’t be able to get rid of anytime soon.
  78. Pushing an elevator button multiple times won’t make it come any faster. Same goes for crosswalks.
  79. PAY ATTENTION or the world will pass you by!
  80. Quality always wins over quantity.
  81. Listening is a highly valuable yet seldom-used skill.
  82. Common sense is one of the worst-named traits ever. Don’t take for granted that a lot of people don’t have it.
  83. Don’t buy anything that’s just going to sit around until its expiry date.
  84. Winning the lotto jackpot has some of the worst odds of just about anything occurring on Earth. Ever. Just putting it out there.
  85. Do for others what you’d wish them to do for you, but do it better than they would ever do it.
  86. Don’t seek to enter a relationship expecting it to make you happy. You must be happy with yourself before you can bring it into a relationship.
  87. Function wins over fashion, but yes, fashion’s still DAMN good.
  88. Look both ways before crossing the street. Especially in a city’s downtown. ESPECIALLY if you’re wearing HEADPHONES.
  89. Make way for emergency response vehicles. I can almost guarantee you that your “emergency” isn’t as important as theirs.
  90. S/he who smelt it dealt it. Mostly due to the laws of science, specifically where it refers to the diffusion of gases.
  91. If they look too young for you, they probably are.
  92. “Generations” will become smaller and smaller as technology grows faster and faster. In enough time, you’ll be able to have a conversation with someone five years younger than you and realize that you have nothing in common to talk about.
  93. Don’t argue with fools. (‘Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who.)
  94. Aren’t tights for wearing under other things and in dance studios? Did I miss the memo or something?
  95. Life is not a Hollywood movie. They have a multi-million dollar budget, and people trained to tell you a compelling story. Lower your expectations. Life’s more like a documentary—usually one of the low-budget, lesser-known ones.
  96. Dress like you’re a million bucks; with pride, confidence, and above all—SWAGGER.
  97. Honesty is always the best policy, no matter what. It takes far less effort and memory to own up to the truth than it does to keep a lie alive.
  98. Always tell people how much you love them (if you actually mean it, that is…)
  99. Deodorant or a reasonable facsimile—don’t leave home without it. No, seriously. DON’T.
  100. Trust is difficult to gain, but one of the easiest things to lose. Of all the people I’ve met in my life, there are few I can trust to be who they say they’ll be, no matter what. Fewer I trust with my secrets. Even fewer I trust with my life. Trust me; trust is sacred!!!

So there you have it — 100 tips which I hope are useful in improving your lives, if only by a bit. Thanks to all the friends, peers and coworkers who helped me put this together!
Until tomorrow,

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad
  1. Well, I know they’d improve mine; I can’t guarantee they’d do the same for yours, but I’m pretty confident that you wouldn’t feel as crappy. ↩︎



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