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45 life lessons you will love. Which one is your favorite?

45 life lessons by Regina Brett. Which one is your favorite?

At the beginning of the year, I always take great pleasure re-reading these 45 life lessons written by Regina Brett.

If you haven’t read Regina Brett’s books, treat yourself to one right now here. She has published several books including 50 lessons for Life’s little detours, 50 lessons for finding fulfilling work and 50 lessons to find and hold onto happiness.

#43 is my motto.

I agree with #9.

I love #12 (it is so true!) and I dedicate #19 to my mum who keeps every valuable gift for a special occasion, despite telling her to use it and enjoy it…

Which are your favourite life lessons?

  1. Life isn’t fair but it is still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit card every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every agreement. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.45 life lessons by Regina Brett. Which one is your favorite?

  11. It’s ok to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to other’s. You have no idea what their journey is about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a Writer, write.
  17. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to go after you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare then go with the flow.45 life lessons by Regina Brett. Which one is your favorite?

  21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles
  31. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative __ dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone’s else, we’d grab ours back.
  36. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters, in the end, is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

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Founder of Award-Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU (now closed) & Photographer, UK's Top 10 Design blog, mum of one cool surfer, 23 years in London, now living by the beach in France, married to a kiwi.


    • I’m really sorry to hear for your loss Hayley. Take it easy and be kind with yourself. If there is anything I can do, let me know. Not that I want to be an expert on grief but I lost my dad and my aunt in the space of two months…

  1. Jeannine says

    These lessons are very usefull. For me: 20, 31, 35.
    Thank you so much,

    Jeannine, Belgium

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  3. Kyron Michael says

    This beautiful list is now a poster in our office, funny how almost everybody who sees it begins to read it and then smiles to themselves.

  4. found through Pinterest and fell in love. Thank u so much for this. Will definitely be sharing these on my blog!!

  5. ropafadzo caroline dzingirai says

    #6 its been a difficulty for me to lose arguements but have learnt something in life we agree to disagree ts not alwayz a win

  6. Louise C says

    31 and 32 together. I have to remind myself at times. I had breast cancer twice. Makes you wiser for sure 😉 and some people I met didn’t get to grow old…

  7. Lots of great maxims to live by there. If I had to pick my faves I’d say 23, 36, 37 & 39. Number 32 about growing old made me chuckle, too true!

  8. Makanjuola Babatunde Emmanuel says

    I like this 45 life lessons, and i have really learn a lot. Thanks to Life Lessons.

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