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Dear Ann Landers,
A friend sent me these "Tips for Life," and I hope you think they are good enough to print. -- Ronita

Dear Ronita,
They are more than tips; they're a solid blueprint. Thanks for sending them on. Tips for Life 1. Give people more than they expect, and do so cheerfully. 2. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you'd like. 3. Don't say "I love you" unless you really mean it. 4. When you say "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye. 5. Be engaged at least six months before you get married. 6. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely. 7. In disagreements, fight fair. No name calling. 8. Don't judge people by their relatives. 9. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?" 10. Call your mom. 11. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze. 12. Don't let a little squabble damage a good friendship. 13. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 14. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. 15. Marry someone you love to talk to. As you get older, good conversation will be one of the principal elements of an enduring relationship. 16. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 17. Read more books, and watch less TV. 18. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past. 19. Never interrupt when you are being flattered. 20. Mind your own business. 21. Trust in God, but lock your car.

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When I was a kid, around 7 or so, I loved to read the daily paper, and Ann Landers was a highlight for me. This column remains one of lifelong faves, and I hope I've done a decent job of putting these tips to work in my life.
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