Make Your Own Rules

Original artwork by Lila Cheekytree

Cheekytree Manifesto

  • Play every day.
  • Always be kind – to yourself and others.
  • Consume less. Create more.
  • Laugh easily and often.
  • Do the things you loved as a kid.
  • Respect Nature.
  • Be a bit cheeky. Make your own rules.
  • Cultivate your sense of wonder.
  • Believe in the power of make-believe.
  • Ignore the naysayers.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Seek self-improvement, but don’t overdo it.
  • Find beauty and inspiration in real life.
  • Focus on the good stuff.
  • Love lots.
  • Always remember:

Happiness is not something you find.  It’s something you create.

These are just a few of my beliefs on life and happiness. What are yours? If there’s something you’d like to add, please post a comment.

16 replies to “Make Your Own Rules

  1. The main one: people over “stuff”…it’s true.. a clean house is the sign of an empty life!!! unless you have a cleaning lady…and if it’s that important get a cleaning lady!! Friendships, family are my absolute source of happiness. Faith also plays a part..but I can’t really define it.
    Love what you’re doing!!!!!!!!

  2. Heard this one from a good friend – “life is not fair, but I CAN be … or try my best to be”
    And love “focus on the good” cuz focusing on what’s wrong can cause us to miss everything that’s good.

  3. I completely agree with you. We are responsible for creating our own happiness. And I think it’s very important to acknowledge to yourself daily all of the things in your life that you feel fortunate for.

  4. Well said! Here are a few of my rules:
    1: Eat what you want. (Denial creates obsession)
    2: Cultivate friendships with people who make you feel funny,charming, beautiful and young.
    3: Get outside every day
    4: Read books and watch movies that leave you feeling good. (Avoid depressing downers. I don’t care what the critics say.)
    5: Look out the window more and at the TV less.
    6: Keep learning
    7: Show affection. Always.
    8: Spend some quiet time with yourself as often as possible, it helps you figure out what truely makes YOU happy,
    9: and spent real, physical, face- to-face time with the people you want to still be friends with in 5 years. Nothing beats physical human contact.

    1. Very funny Judy. Yes, there are lots of rules (I think we call them laws) but there are no rules when it comes to happiness because we are all different. The Cheekytree Manifesto lists a few of my own beliefs on how to live that make ME happy. Your list will be different from mine.

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