7 Things Your Mother Was Right About

7/24/14 1:07PM EST

Paramount Pictures/The Guilt Trip

Paramount Pictures/The Guilt Trip

My mom has an opinion on everything, and it’s usually some combination of terrible and useless. She regularly tries to get me to handle situations differently or buy useless trinkets. Last month she badgered me for two days about how I absolutely needed to watch an hour-long documentary on the bullet that killed John F. Kennedy.

But this isn’t about the weird advice or less-than-perfect parenting calls. As much as every kid hates to admit it, there are some times when mother really does know best. Here are seven things your mother was right about:

1. Be Nice.

It’s often hard to follow this advice, but your mother’s right. You’ll tend to get further in life and get what you want more often if you’re nice to those around you. Remember, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. When in doubt, refer to the golden rule.

2. Write ‘Thank You’ Notes

Remember to say thanks – in writing – for things like gifts and interviews. No need to get fancy with it. These days, it’s often as simple as shooting off a quick email. But it really does make an impression in people’s minds.

3. Try, Try Again.

If you want something, go get it. Put in the effort to learn from your failures, pick yourself up and try again. Always try to fulfill your potential, and then push yourself a little more.

4. Stay Away From Cigarettes.

I can’t name a single smoker who likes being a smoker. It’s an unhealthy and unsavory habit. Your mother would be so proud if you didn’t smell like an ashtray the next time you went to visit. I’m betting this is true even if your mother’s a smoker.

5. Eat Your Vegetables.

Just take care of yourself in general. Eat well, exercise and stay healthy. Nothing would make your mom happier than you living a long, happy life.

6. Be Yourself.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say most of our readers aren’t in high school anymore. There’s no reason to change yourself or hide your true personality. You’ll be happier if you’re not putting on an act each day. But maybe try to work on any flaws. See #1.

7. Never Go To Bed Angry.

Embrace the mushy stuff. Make up with people, let go of grudges and be honest about your feelings. You never know if today will be your last opportunity to tell someone how you feel. Years down the road, you’re not going to regret saying “I love you” if you really meant it.

 
13 comments
MikeJohnson8
MikeJohnson8

But Sikorsky, Pratt and EB employment are dwindling here.  Replace with Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun.

MikeJohnson8
MikeJohnson8

Ocean Beach is pretty good, especially if you like to play volleyball.  Misquamicut is the real beach.

Peter Haney
Peter Haney

The women can be most difficult to approach, date, and live with.

DanHager
DanHager

3,6,8,9,11, and 14 are true of me.

My mother, father, grandfather, and I, worked at Sikorsky at one point in our lives.

After prom, my date took me to a party in the woods, but I've never been much for that kind of thing.

My girlfriend lives in Torrington across from an old folks home and a drug den, and Waterbury was the closest city to me growing up.

Actually finding someone I knew wasn't as common as you'd think, but did happen.

I enjoy the aquarium, a lot more as an adult then when I was a kid. Damn belugas would always sneak up behind me and jump scare me as a kid.

Quassy was the closest amusement park, but I also remember Lake Compounce. Now I'm in reasonable proximity to go to Six Flags GA if I feel like it, back home the nearest Six Flags was a 2 1/2 hr drive into MA.

15...well, I kinda knew that. Chick-Fil-A are about as common in GA as D&D were in CT.

Laura Vitorio
Laura Vitorio

Not to mention highest taxes in the nation, and high prices! My husband and I moved here due to jobs from the Midwest. Big disappointment!  Drivers are much better and more courteous in other states I've been in! Speeding, tailgaiting, lack of signal use, hanging in the left lane. Shall I go on? People in general are just rude. And I am very tired of  UCONN!!  Beaches? You're kidding, right??  Can't wait to leave. 

Buster_Maloney
Buster_Maloney

Usually these CT Lists are pretty terrible, I have to say though, a lot of this list is pretty on point for me.

SteveSirica
SteveSirica

In Hartford county try finding someone who doesn't or hasn't worked in the insurance industry(Cigna, Aetna, The Hartford or United)...If you do they are probably from another part of the state.  

MitchTownsend
MitchTownsend

#8: You left out Winsted. 

Also: grinders, the Green Lady (Canton, Burlington), Mucke's hot dogs, calling someone a "raggy," fireworks at Ocean Beach, and hot lobster rolls with butter (not cold with mayo -- ugh).

TracyRowe
TracyRowe

um...I live in Torrington and it's a pretty nice place to live. You can't even begin to compare it to Waterbury and Bridgeport.

MargaretOKyttle
MargaretOKyttle

When it comes to employment in Connecticut. They forgot to mention they know someone who has worked for Electric Boat too. :)

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