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Actor Chris Pratt has shared with us all the nine life rules he lives by and they've helped show what a decent fella he is.
While at the MTV Movie and TV Awards last night he picked up the Generation Award he gave the usual heart-warming speech, thanking his folks and his brother and sister, as well as his little boy and, of course, his fans. He then used his time on stage to impart some wisdom with the audience.
The Hollywood star is known for being a bit of a nice guy (apart from when he gave out Avengers 4 spoilers), but he's also pretty funny, so the rules were a good mix of silly and genuinely decent life rules.
He started off with the basics: "Breathe. If you don't, you will suffocate." He probably had a deeper meaning in mind when he said this one but I'm going to take him at face-value and it's still top advice.
"You have a soul. Be careful with it." This one is actually a bit late for me, because I sold my own soul for a lighter when I was about 19, but still, good advice generally.
Third rule in and we see a bit of his trademark niceness shinning through: "Don't be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that." Yep, bullies are dicks. We can all agree here.
Now, I have some issues with his fourth rule: "When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won't even know they're eating medicine." I'm not here to slag off any of Chris' past or present pooches, but my dog was too clever for this and could not be fooled. He would always spit the pill out.
Fifth up: "It doesn't matter what it is. Earn it. A good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it's good for your soul." Very sound advice.
Six: "God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do." Fair enough, pal, you're entitled to your beliefs.
Now seven could be a game-changer: "If you have to poop at a party, but you're embarrassed because you're going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door, sit down, get all of the pee out first.
"And then, once all the pee is done, poop, flush, boom! You minimize the amount of time that the poop's touching the air. Because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you're peeing on top of it, stirring up the poop particles, create a cloud, goes out, then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it's science."
Eight is slightly repetitive of six: "Learn to pray. It's easy, and it is so good for your soul."
And then he finished with nine, hitting everyone squarely in the feels: "Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace.
"And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else's blood. Do not forget that. Don't take that for granted."
The audience absolutely loved his rules and he earned himself a massive round of applause.
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