“To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction” ~ Sir Isaac Newton (Newton’s Third Law)

Karma is the law of cause and effect. Your actions or way of thinking creates a cause and in time, you will see and feel the effects it has in your life (present and future). Your acts and thoughts are entirely your responsibility, making your karma entirely your own. Every one of your thoughts and actions will create an equal and opposite reaction, which is why it is important that you consider things before you commit certain acts and before you wish certain things both upon yourself and towards others. So basically, what goes around, comes around, so do not send anything out that you would like coming back to you. Keeping your karma good will assure you a pleasant life. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:

1. That jangling sound when you walk? It’s probably about 10 bucks in change. Plunk it into a Coinstar machine (find one in your neighborhood at coinstar.com), hit the donate button and choose from a great list of worthy nonprofits.

2. Stop berating yourself for being jiggly, your hair for being curly, your nose for not being perfect. Kindness starts at home.

3. Say “no problem” to the waitress who forgot your ice water, the guy who cut in front of you in line, even the ex whose name you still curse. Forgiveness, after all, is the 401(karma) of life.

4. Yeah, if they had turned left where you (and MapQuest) told them to, you’d be there by now. You know it, they know it. Just make the choice not to rub it in.

5. Commit to a three-compliments-a-day minimum. And stick to it!

6. Simple rule: Know the name of anyone you see at least once a week. That means your dry cleaner, the office security guard and your weird neighbor.

7. Teach a kid how to tie a shoelace, the difference between lay and lie, or how to make a bully sorry he ever messed with you—anything that took you too long to learn on your own.

8. Wow, somebody should really help that lady lug her heavy stroller up the stairs. Wait, isn’t your middle name Somebody?

9. Treat yourself to that brownie sundae. A recent study found that people may act more altruistic after a major infusion of glucose!

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