1. Serve others (Galatians 5:13).
  2. Throw out nonessential numbers. These include age, weight, and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her. 
  3. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. 
  4. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, or whatever interests you. Never let the brain idle. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” 
  5. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all you can afford. When they are in college, that is all you can afford. When you are on retirement, that is all you can afford! 
  6. Laugh often, long, and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in a store by the noise. 
  7. Tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with you your entire life is you. Be alive while you are alive—do not put out a mailbox on the highway of death and just wait in residence for your mail. 
  8. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, or hobbies. Your home is your refuge.
  9. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 
  10. Do not take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, or a foreign country, but do not go to a “guilt country.” 
  11. At every opportunity, tell the people you love that you do love them. 
  12. Worship God faithfully (John 4:24).

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11 

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