LIFE’S LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK

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Text by Agatha Russell and Abi McMahon

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Contents

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Title Page

Copyright

Life’s Little Instruction Book

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIVING A LIFE. PAY ATTENTION. BE ASTONISHED. TELL ABOUT IT.

MARY OLIVER

 

 

WAKE UP WITH THE SUNRISE...

… and if you can’t, use a ‘wake up light’! This nifty device simulates the dawn, gently rousing you from sleep before your alarm can shock you awake.

 

 

GET UP AND GO

Hitting the snooze button feels good but can confuse your brain into not sending its ‘wake up’ signals, such as raising your core temperature. Instead, embrace the short-term pain for the sake of long-term gain – get out of that bed!

 

 

MAKE YOUR BED

Do Future You a favour and turn the covers back for fifteen minutes to air out your sheets, then make your bed so it’s all neat and tidy. Those smooth sheets are going to feel so good when you climb in between them.

 

 

LIFE IS TEN PER CENT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU AND NINETY PER CENT HOW YOU RESPOND TO IT.

LOU HOLTZ

 

 

BREAKFAST LIKE ROYALTY

This isn’t a myth made up by your mum; having a big breakfast really gets you off to a good start. It can boost your mood, boost your concentration and it’s healthier than skipping it altogether.

 

 

BRUSH YOUR TONGUE WITH A TOOTHBRUSH

Two words for you: tongue bacteria. Another two words for you: bad breath. A final three words for you: brush your tongue.

 

 

APPRECIATE EVERY LITTLE BEAUTIFUL MOMENT IN EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE. GIVE IT A TRY AND YOU’LL SEE THE WORLD FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE.

THEA KRISTINE MAY

 

 

INSTIGATE A ‘FIVE-MINUTE FLAP’ RULE

Aim to be ready five minutes before you need to leave. You won’t need it most days, but when you lose your keys, forget your lunch or spill tea on your clean shirt, those spare five minutes will be invaluable.

 

 

HEART YOUR HEART!

When you insert a little exercise into your morning routine you give a little love to your heart and lungs. Can you cycle to the station? Walk to get a morning paper? Take the stairs instead of the lift? Do it.

 

 

LOVE YOUR FELLOW COMMUTERS, EVEN IF YOU HATE THEM

We tend to judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions. Try to ascribe the best possible intentions to strangers. The person who cut you up at the junction might have an emergency. Or they might not, but getting angry only spoils your own morning.

 

 

LISTEN TO YOUR STOMACH