Unwritten Rules About Life Everyone Should Know

No one's life is going to be perfect, and we cannot be happy 100% of the time.

But there are things we can do to make our lives, and others', better, and those things are not necessarily all that complicated.


Redditor shadow_2116 asked:

"What are some unwritten life rules everyone must know?"

Stay Humble

"If you don't understand something someone is telling you, say so instead of pulling an 'opinion' on the topic out of your a**. There is no shame in not knowing or understanding something."

"Refusing to admit you don't know and by extension refusing to learn something new because your ego is hurt is gravely misguided, however."

- devilish-WiFi

Stop Comparing

"In the song 'Grand Illusion' by Styx, there is a line: 'Don’t be fooled by the radio, tv, or the magazine. Shows you photographs of how your life should be, compared to someone else’s fantasy.'"

"So, I guess, the idea that you might not feel like you're living your best life when you compare it with what you're told is supposed to be your best life."

" Also along this line, 'Don’t compare your day-to-day life to someone else’s highlights.' Like, don’t compare your life to what bits you see of someone on social media."

- Reddit

A Golden Rule for Kids

"If a toddler hands you a toy phone, you answer it."

- IRErover

"Family" Isn't a Reason

"Just because someone is family, doesn't mean they're a good person."

"It's so wild how people call you a bad person for avoiding your family despite knowing nothing about their family."

"Like, 'It doesn't matter what they did, you were in the wrong because they're family,' makes zero sense to me, but other people look at me like I'm the lost one.

- Lo-Fi_Kuzco

Avoid Gossip

"Not everybody is your friend, so be careful who you vent to. Many people only want juicy gossip and don’t give a s**t about you or your problems."

"A good sign of this is when your friend brings you dirt or juicy stuff about someone else that likely was said in confidence or probably shouldn't have been communicated out."

"If they do that, your info is equally being dished out."

"Putting folks on informational diets is the way to go until you gain a supreme level of mutual trust."

- OneObi

Exceed Expectations

"Under promise and over deliver. People will think you are a genius."

- ballistic-jelly

Don't Ask the Question You Don't Want the Answer To

"Don’t ask for somebody else’s opinion and get mad when they tell it to you."

- CatacombsRave

Compliments Make a Difference

"It never hurts to compliment somebody on the quality of their work, their hobbies, and whatever field are most important to their self-esteem. It always goes a long way."

- High-Time-Cymbaline

Friendship Reality Check

"Your best friend may not consider you to be their best friend."

- swatguy06

Be Able to Walk Away

"Never let anyone take or disturb your peace. Learn to walk away from toxic people!"

- SwissCake_98

No Sudden Reactions

"Your feelings are valid, but your reactions may not be."

"If you ever find yourself feeling very angry at somebody, and want to give them a piece of your mind either over text, email, or phone, listen to this advice. It’s some of the best I have ever learned."

"Write down what you would want to say first, either in a word document or email or whatever, save it, but DO NOT send it. Then, wait at least 12 hours or overnight and revisit what you wrote."

"After having a cool-off period and some time to gain some clarity, 90% of the time you would have regretted having sent the original message and are usually in a much better place to respond so as to not burn any bridges that you meant to keep."

"I’ve always heard of this as having 'restraint of pen and tongue' and is one of the clearest signs of maturity."

- Googleclimber

Elevator Etiquette

"Before you enter and elevator, LET OTHER PEOPLE OUT FIRST, GODD**NIT!"

- IcyHotRyan

Don't Make It Worse

"If someone does something unintentionally embarrassing or awkward, you pretend it didn't happen, and if they look at you, you just smile and look away."

- WolfThick

A Few Golden Tips

"Admit when you've done something wrong."

"Trust your gut."

"Nobody thinks as much about you as yourself."

"Be kind. Don't be an a**hole."

"If you need help and it is available, ask for it, take it."

"Just because you apologize doesn't mean the other party has to forgive and forget."

- _space_platypus_

The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

"Life actually sucks a lot of the time. If you expect to be happy all the time, you will be sorely disappointed and lost. Instead, work up resilience to the hard times and take your time to enjoy the good times."

"It can take so long to learn this, because no one really talks about it, and for some weird reason the only accepted default state is 'happy.'"

"Another factor is how that's basically what you are until 15 years old. Until your basic reptile adult 'survival responsibility' kicks in, we're oblivious and happy most of the time. Then suddenly, the baseline changes, and almost no one is prepared for it, and the only reasonable conclusion is that you're mentally ill and depressed."

"That's why I take every opportunity I get to talk about how much life sucks so that people can enjoy it more with less fantastical expectations, lol (laughing out loud)."

- manofredgables

There are so many good pieces of advice here, but perhaps the most wonderful thing is that it doesn't take a lot to make someone's day a little better, including your own.

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