4. Listen to understand.
Too often, it seems as though we listen not to understand, but to respond. We seem to wait for our turn to speak. Conversation is about sharing information, but conversation should also be about processing that information. What is this person trying to tell me?
7. Never stop learning.
Learning something new every day was my favorite part of school. Once I graduated from the university, it seemed as though I just… stopped learning. That doesn’t have to be the case. It’s so easy to learn just one new thing each day.
16. Keep it simple.
Why complicate things? Why make anything harder on yourself than it has to be? Whatever you can simplify, do.
17. Is it beautiful? Is it useful?
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” We move every few years for my husband’s job, and this is my favorite decluttering rule. It’s easy to apply to other areas of life as well.
23. Be kind.
The world is frequently an ugly place. Kindness goes a long way toward making it less so, not only for others, but for yourself.