My 5 Simple Rules for Life

Written by: Nick Ortner

Because our brains have the capacity to be complex, sometimes we tend to over-complicate things. πŸ™‚

For example, due to our own individual experiences, we’ve each developed our own “Rules of Life” based on the beliefs we’ve concluded to be true about the world we live in.

This set of rules could be hundreds of enumerated items long just by itself, not including exceptions, ultimatums, contingencies, and probably tens of thousands of “if this, then that” statements. Lol!

Today, I want to help simplify this list by sharing with you my 5 Simple Rules for Life which are guaranteed to apply to every person on the planet. πŸ™‚

5 Simple Rules for Life

1. Be kind to others. Know that other people are doing the best they can with the resources they have.

2. Be kind to yourself. YOU are doing the best you can with the resources you have.

3. Never stop growing and striving for more from yourself.

4. Be willing to let go and FORGIVE yourself and others.

5. SMILE! It’s all working out as it’s supposed to. πŸ™‚

Today, see if you can live by even just one of these rules. I promise your day will transform when you hold this simple intention!

And if you need some help with developing Forgiveness, Kindness, or Happiness, be sure to check out The Tapping Solution App for specific tapping meditations on these topics, along with over a hundred more!

Until next time,

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner

What’s one simple rule for life you live by? Let me know below!

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  1. nancy says:


  2. Tina Lewington says:

    Smile and the world smiles with you.
    Laugh and the world laughs with you.
    Weep and you weep alone.
    This is what I think is right.

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Thanks for sharing, Tina. Smiling and laughing more is always a good rule to maintain. πŸ™‚

  3. Alinda Catalano says:

    Those are my rules too, besides loving God with all my heart!

  4. Roberta Pettigrew says:

    I love the 5 simple rules…I live each day grateful,for what the day brings,and ,try to fit in some energy work each day,and start each day with my simple prayers,and end each day with them…x

  5. Kristi says:

    All essential rules. So powerful to keep them in our frontal lobe everyday. I use them all but I also try not to judge. That is key. Judgement can make a flower a weed or a weed a flower.

  6. JoAnne says:

    Be your authentic self.
    Tell the truth.
    Don’t sweat the small stuff.

  7. Ron says:

    Be present (in the moment) with everyone at all times, including myself when alone.

  8. ora says:

    Lerean to listen to other /Do not jage other .
    Tray to create eye contact

  9. leonor says:

    i pray and play.

  10. Marisol Guerra says:

    Nick, always so accurate! Love your simple five rules. For me the one simple rule is: Gratitude 24/7!!! It keeps me feeling great when I’m happy and it keeps me feeling happy when life gets serious.

  11. Jean Mather says:

    I agree with your list. And, I believe that what lies under all those kindnesses is having love from your heart come first. With any situation. With all situations. If not love the the person, place of thing, then love above all else for yourself. In other words, be kind to yourself. Send that inner critic outside to watch the door, or kick a ball!

  12. B. Jones says:

    All is ONE. There is no OTHER. Nature & Sentient Beings are ALL ONE

  13. Shirley Congdon says:

    Love and Be Grateful!

  14. Michael Byers says:

    We have been going through some difficult times financially and tapping has helped me remain calm and open to new ideas. Thank you so much

    • Nick Ortner says:

      You are very welcome, Michael! I’m glad Tapping is helping you through. It certainly did for me as well! πŸ™‚

  15. Maryanne says:

    I try to treat others as I would like to be treated.

  16. Linda says:

    To quote Van Wilder: “Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get alive.” And don’t forget to Live, Love, Laugh.

  17. Name (required) says:

    Thank you, Nick!

  18. Valanne MacGyvers says:

    1.1. Choose to be happy, regardless of your circumstances.
    1.2. If you are not having fun, you are not doing it right. Whatever “it” is that you are doing.
    2.0. Troubles? Check your mindset! It is the only thing you really have control over. (Hence the importance of Tapping!)

    • Jean M. says:

      I think my mind can be a valuable thing to waste!
      I think we can come from a loving place and forget about the mind. All that chatter mostly comes from long held beliefs from childhood. Until we dive deep to find out whether those are of valve anymore, we will remain stuck in those beliefs.
      If we can tap into our intuition we will come from an inner place instead of something we heard as children.

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Great ones, Valanne. πŸ™‚

  19. Susan says:

    There is always time for kindness.

  20. Maggie says:

    Can’t Nick! I have TWO: 1. Smile and hug someone every chance you get.

    2. When you’re feeling low, count your blessings…and Tap!

  21. Jo Ann says:

    Nothing is either good nor bad but thinking makes it so!

  22. Excellent says:


  23. Name (required) says:

    Moderate your (my) behavior

  24. Joan Morrison says:

    What goes around comes back around. Be careful how you treat everyone because whatever you put out is always always coming back to you.

  25. joao says:

    Dear Nick I practice this i am living as this the point is

    • Nick Ortner says:

      It’s a great question, Joao. But I feel that the only person who can answer it is you. πŸ™‚ Tapping helps us to go deeper to find meaning and answers to these powerful questions.

  26. Atmo Zakes says:

    Relax… life is your friend

  27. Christine says:

    Assume positive intent.
    Do not confuse behavior with intention.

  28. Vonni says:

    I do all 5, because i live myself ❀️

  29. Sarah Lawfull says:

    Love and listen as if your life depended on it!

  30. Colin says:

    I am now 76. My mother died in 1989 aged 82. She left this 4-line note for me “Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand out like stone, Kindness in another’s trouble and Courage in your own”

  31. Joyce Miles says:

    “don’t believe everything you think” πŸ™‚

  32. Krystal says:

    To let go and enjoy the journey.

  33. Jim says:

    “Focus forward and move on. You’ll never get where you need to be by looking backward”

  34. Gayle says:

    Hello and good morning,
    I’m so very interested In learning about tapping , for myself & my 17 year old teen. Unfortunately I’ve just ended a 20 year marriage and there are many events that have become a bit difficult to deal with. In a very strong young lady but I am only human. I’ve been looking to try to find a person that both my son & I could learn about tapping from. I’ve had no luck. I’m not the type to learn from cd’s etc I need to actually be able to meet with someone who is experienced in this and could use your help finding someone.
    I live in rockland county New York- can go into NYC if need be_
    New Jersey area- or any other location within reason. Please we really need some help as it’s been such a horrific last couple of years and my son most of all VΓ’n certainly brntfuf from this before going off to college to study abroad in Israel. Thank you, best gayle
    914-262-5511 if anyone can call me that would be wonderful thank you Very much

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Hi Gayle! I feel for your situation. It can be tough to go through those parts of life. I’d recommend checking out our Practitioner’s Page to look for someone to work with, or you can simply google EFT Practitioners in your area. Big hugs to you! xo

  35. Helen says:

    Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s not always easy, but I try!

  36. Joyce says:

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. # 1 rule I was taught in karate

  37. Roz says:

    Finding beauty in everyone and everything everyday.

  38. Kate says:

    Remember to be grateful for this precious existence.

  39. Marie says:

    Thank you , I have this simple rule , Gratitude ? each moment I am fully present
    I will add your magnificent rules to it
    Gratitude for sharing your talent

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