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H. Jackson Brown, Jr. originally wrote Life's Little Instruction Book™ as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, "I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and reward H. Jackson Brown, Jr. originally wrote Life's Little Instruction Book™ as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, "I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and rewarding life." Life's Little Instruction Book™ is a guidebook that gently points the way to happiness and fulfillment. The observations are direct, simple, and as practical as an umbrella. "But it's not just for young people," says Brown. "Most of us already know how to live a successful and purposeful life. We know we should be more understanding and thoughtful, more responsible, courageous and appreciative. It's just that we sometimes need reminding." Life's Little Instruction Book™ is that reminder, as well as the perfect gift for a relative or a friend who needs encouragement at any time of the year. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks softly. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have. Be kinder than necessary. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Commit yourself to constant self-improvement. Don't major in minor things. Never cut what can be untied. Since its debut in 1991, Life's Little Instruction Book™ has revolutionized the publishing industry. This little plaid book, which has been embraced the world over, has sold more than nine million copies, spent more than two years atop the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into 33 languages. Though originally written as a gift from a father to a son, its simple message has been enjoyed by men and women of all ages around the world.


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H. Jackson Brown, Jr. originally wrote Life's Little Instruction Book™ as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, "I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and reward H. Jackson Brown, Jr. originally wrote Life's Little Instruction Book™ as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, "I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and rewarding life." Life's Little Instruction Book™ is a guidebook that gently points the way to happiness and fulfillment. The observations are direct, simple, and as practical as an umbrella. "But it's not just for young people," says Brown. "Most of us already know how to live a successful and purposeful life. We know we should be more understanding and thoughtful, more responsible, courageous and appreciative. It's just that we sometimes need reminding." Life's Little Instruction Book™ is that reminder, as well as the perfect gift for a relative or a friend who needs encouragement at any time of the year. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks softly. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have. Be kinder than necessary. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Commit yourself to constant self-improvement. Don't major in minor things. Never cut what can be untied. Since its debut in 1991, Life's Little Instruction Book™ has revolutionized the publishing industry. This little plaid book, which has been embraced the world over, has sold more than nine million copies, spent more than two years atop the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into 33 languages. Though originally written as a gift from a father to a son, its simple message has been enjoyed by men and women of all ages around the world.

30 review for Life's Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sten Bolander

    My folks gave this book to me on St. Patricks Day 1992. I have since read it. They made some notes throughout which made it extra special. My Dad even added a few at the end, "512 - Always date letters, papers and documents (still do this and kick myself when I don't), 513 - Wear sweaters instead of lighting fires, 514 - Be Happy, 515 - Be Swedish (from the full-blood Swede)." Dad added a quote as well from Ray Bradbury, "If we listened to our intellect, we would never have a love affair. We'd n My folks gave this book to me on St. Patricks Day 1992. I have since read it. They made some notes throughout which made it extra special. My Dad even added a few at the end, "512 - Always date letters, papers and documents (still do this and kick myself when I don't), 513 - Wear sweaters instead of lighting fires, 514 - Be Happy, 515 - Be Swedish (from the full-blood Swede)." Dad added a quote as well from Ray Bradbury, "If we listened to our intellect, we would never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time & build your wings on the way down." My Mom noted her Dad's motto was 181 - "Wear out, don't rust out." Makes me think of what we have that we don't use. Been trying to pass on things that I am not using so someone else can have the pleasure of using it. Just this weekend received a hymnal from someone who thought I would have more use of it than her. This book began as a gift to the author's son. Glad he shared it with the rest of the world.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ken Hammond

    A lot of common sense instructions just full of little gems many of which I use. Discovered a copy in a a used book store years ago, funny enough just repeating myself but I've implemented many of it messages and even added a few of my own, mainly what it does for me it just keeps you surprised and reminds you about whole pile off stuff that you can control versus the mistake of worrying to much about stuff you can't. It makes you focus on whats really important and be the very best you can be, A lot of common sense instructions just full of little gems many of which I use. Discovered a copy in a a used book store years ago, funny enough just repeating myself but I've implemented many of it messages and even added a few of my own, mainly what it does for me it just keeps you surprised and reminds you about whole pile off stuff that you can control versus the mistake of worrying to much about stuff you can't. It makes you focus on whats really important and be the very best you can be, anywho keeps me happy and definitely rocks my boat.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is the kind of book that you have to read every once in a while to keep reminding ourselves that it's all about the little things . This is the kind of book that you have to read every once in a while to keep reminding ourselves that it's all about the little things .

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annie ⚜️

    Some advice is better than others but still an overall worthwhile read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Close Enough

    "Commit yourself to a mighty purpose" The author wrote this book for his son as a life guide ,he convyed his own experience through these quick advices and precious wisdom It is a very helpful book for young people and adults as well, I noticed some inappropriate tips for us but it still be a good one overall. "Commit yourself to a mighty purpose" The author wrote this book for his son as a life guide ,he convyed his own experience through these quick advices and precious wisdom It is a very helpful book for young people and adults as well, I noticed some inappropriate tips for us but it still be a good one overall.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    This is one of those books that is simple, not at all difficult to read, yet it has a lot of meaning behind it. This little booklet reminds us that it really is about the little things in life, such as being courteous to everyone and learning to be positive/enthusiastic, are what matter most. Sometimes we need a reminder about what it means to live a good life. If this is you, try some of the suggestions offered in this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Miss Lilli

    I was afraid I'd read the book too fast, so after a couple of days, I limited myself to no more than 25 suggestions per day. I usually do all of my reading on the machines at the gym. One suggestion was to be first to say "hi" to a person. That very day, within minutes of reading that suggestion, a man got on the machine next to me and I immediately said hi and started laughing. I told him about the book. We talked and now I have a new friend at the gym. There were a couple of suggestions that I' I was afraid I'd read the book too fast, so after a couple of days, I limited myself to no more than 25 suggestions per day. I usually do all of my reading on the machines at the gym. One suggestion was to be first to say "hi" to a person. That very day, within minutes of reading that suggestion, a man got on the machine next to me and I immediately said hi and started laughing. I told him about the book. We talked and now I have a new friend at the gym. There were a couple of suggestions that I'm not interested in doing. I don't want to take a photography class. All in all it was a good book and now I need to go do the last suggestion in the book. I'm going to call my mom.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liliana Karajah

    What a great book. It has like the most touching tips for living life. Everyone should read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was one of the best advice ever given and it was a nice homey book to keep us teens grounded while we separate from our parents as we go away for college.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This book is 511 suggestions, observations and reminders on how to live a happy and rewarding life. H. Jackson Brown with extremely thought out how he would approach the writing of this book, and entertain our reading. The is the introduction he wrote for the book in starting for the book for his son. "This book began as a gift to my son, Adam. As he packed, his stereo, typewriter, blue blazer, and other necessities for his new life as a college freshman. I retreated to the family room to jot down This book is 511 suggestions, observations and reminders on how to live a happy and rewarding life. H. Jackson Brown with extremely thought out how he would approach the writing of this book, and entertain our reading. The is the introduction he wrote for the book in starting for the book for his son. "This book began as a gift to my son, Adam. As he packed, his stereo, typewriter, blue blazer, and other necessities for his new life as a college freshman. I retreated to the family room to jot down a few observations and words of counsel I thought he might find useful. I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children, but to provide a road map. That's how I hoped he would use these mind and heart reflections. I started writing , and what I thought would take a few hours, in fact took several days. I gathered my collection of handwritten notes, typed them up, and put them in a dime store binder. I walked to the garage and slid it under the front seat of the station wagon. A few days later his mother and I helped him move into his dorm room. When he was all settled in, I asked him to come to the parking lot. It was time for the presentation. I reached under the car seat and, words to the effect that this is what I knew about living a happy and rewarding life, handed him the bound pages. He hugged me and shook my hand. It was a very special moment. Well, somehow those typewritten pages became the little book you are now holding. You may not agree with all the entries, and from your own life experience, I'm sure you could add hundreds more. Obviously, some are more important than others and from your own experience I'm sure you could add hundreds more. Obviously, some are more important than others, but all have added a degree of joy, meaning, and efficiency to my life. A few days after I had given Adam his copy, he called me from his dorm room. "Dad," he said, I've been reading the instruction book and I think it's one of the best gifts I've ever received. I'm going to add to it and someday give it to my son." Every once in a while life hands you a moment so precious, so overwhelming you almost glow. I know, I had just experienced one." (from H. Jackson Brown, Author) I love this book. It has fun 511 different items, suggestions, reminders and How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life." Enjoyed reading the individual items. They are really quite interesting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Some people said a books can change how people see their life and their ways of living, after reading this book I start to believe it's true. This is a simple little gem books, that inspires and reminds us of the importance of appreciating nature, treasuring life's little wonderful moments, and being kind to those around us. *Spoiler Alert* ----------------- Remember: - “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” - “Don't f Some people said a books can change how people see their life and their ways of living, after reading this book I start to believe it's true. This is a simple little gem books, that inspires and reminds us of the importance of appreciating nature, treasuring life's little wonderful moments, and being kind to those around us. *Spoiler Alert* ----------------- Remember: - “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” - “Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.” I highly recommend this book as a great gift for the young adult reaching a milestone in their lives or for anyone that could use a few good ideas that will truly help them live happier and more rewarding lives. No doubt about it! Finally : “Instruction for life: Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. When you lose, don't lose the lesson. Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mou AlShamlan

    i highly recommend this book 4 anyone want to live the real life :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Harikrishnan

    I read it years ago and 2 of his sentences are what remains in my memory and of those 2 one really helped me in getting my ass saved. It is " When you have done a mistake, accept it " . It helped me in not getting a fail grade in college. The other one is "When you are thrown off a horse get right back up" and this is also a really good one. I think it is time to re-read it. :) and since it was written as a collection to his son I think I should also write something for my future-children antici I read it years ago and 2 of his sentences are what remains in my memory and of those 2 one really helped me in getting my ass saved. It is " When you have done a mistake, accept it " . It helped me in not getting a fail grade in college. The other one is "When you are thrown off a horse get right back up" and this is also a really good one. I think it is time to re-read it. :) and since it was written as a collection to his son I think I should also write something for my future-children anticipating their arrival. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Another great book that should be required reading in Highschool or college. It is basically a list of advice that you should have gotten from your parents. Of course not every “rule” applies to everyone but I feel like everyone can get something out of this book. The advice the author gives ranges from funny to deep and meaningful. Overall, a great book that is well worth the few dollars it costs nowadays.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Asmaa Refaat

    It's the kind of books that you have to read daily It's that kind that changes your way of living It shows that life is really about the very little things Really I'm addicted to this book and I highly recommend it It's the kind of books that you have to read daily It's that kind that changes your way of living It shows that life is really about the very little things Really I'm addicted to this book and I highly recommend it

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joachim

    Really nice advice and a bunch of cool little life tips. I enjoyed this a lot

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cyrine

    What a great book!! I love it so much, it is very helpful and interesting. I give myself a promise to read it every Year. Here is some of what i like the most : - Don't trust your memory; write it down. -Talk slow but think quick. - Remember the three Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions. - Don't tell the end of movies and good books. - Write a short note inside the front cover when giving a book as a gift. - Marry a woman you love to talk to. As you get ol What a great book!! I love it so much, it is very helpful and interesting. I give myself a promise to read it every Year. Here is some of what i like the most : - Don't trust your memory; write it down. -Talk slow but think quick. - Remember the three Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions. - Don't tell the end of movies and good books. - Write a short note inside the front cover when giving a book as a gift. - Marry a woman you love to talk to. As you get older, her conversational skills will be as important as any other. -Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want - Be engaged at least six months before you get married. -Don't do business with anyone who has a history of suing people. -Never lose your nerve, your' temper, or your car keys.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Frederick

    Some mind provoking and uplifting tidbits in here. Good to read on the train or keep at your desk or nightstand. I appreciated the dated advice (call ahead to the airline to make sure your flight is on tjme 😁) as well as the timeless pieces like not wasting time worrying over past mistakes- learn and move forward).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angie Jones-Moore

    This a fabulous little book. Easy to read with an element of humour throughout, and also some very good advice too. It was written from Father to son in 1991, some 28 years ago. (which makes me feel very old!) It is a lovely book and I will be buying other copies as gifts, take what you will from it but it's a good way to live your life even if you only adopt one or two of the snippets. This a fabulous little book. Easy to read with an element of humour throughout, and also some very good advice too. It was written from Father to son in 1991, some 28 years ago. (which makes me feel very old!) It is a lovely book and I will be buying other copies as gifts, take what you will from it but it's a good way to live your life even if you only adopt one or two of the snippets.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rancy Breece

    It may be a ”little” book, but it is big with great advice. Short pithy instructions that are not only common sence, it relates uncommon wisdom. Although I read it cover to cover, dipping into it for a minute or two over the course of a few days, it is also one that any reader can dip into at any point and serendipitously find needed advice on a current problem.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I think my dad brought this for me at an airport when he was on a trip about 20 years ago. It's that kind of book. The only thing I remember is Brown's advice to buy the most expensive belt and shoes that you can afford. I think my dad brought this for me at an airport when he was on a trip about 20 years ago. It's that kind of book. The only thing I remember is Brown's advice to buy the most expensive belt and shoes that you can afford.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Humphreys

    A quick read picked up off of my parents bookshelf mostly because I am a bit behind on my reading challenge for the year. Some of the advise was good, some trivial, and some did not resonate with me. It was interested to see things that I already do in my life in there.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Fantastic. Used this for "Thought for the day" for a long time. Short, sweet, succinct, and definitely thought provoking. Fantastic. Used this for "Thought for the day" for a long time. Short, sweet, succinct, and definitely thought provoking.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen-Leigh

    Instructions to a son leaving for college...suitable for all other ages. A bucket list for life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Agree with most of the great advice/suggestions in this book. Everyone should read this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Jhéne Pierce

    Great little bathroom reader! Good practical advice for a "happier" life! Great little bathroom reader! Good practical advice for a "happier" life!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deny Rahmalianto

    So cheesy, some advice is like a joke.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    Plenty of great advice, this one's a keeper! Plenty of great advice, this one's a keeper!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Hemeida

    Deeply recommended

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

    Life's Little Instruction Book is a mindful gift bestowed upon a son from his father; I'm so glad to have rediscovered its heartfelt imparting of wisdom. Life's Little Instruction Book is a mindful gift bestowed upon a son from his father; I'm so glad to have rediscovered its heartfelt imparting of wisdom.

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