The 16 Guidelines for Life

The 16 Guidelines for Life

Ready Set Happy

Ready Set HappyReady Set Happy, published in June 2008, is a collection of songs, poems, plays, games, and science experiments for children, families and teachers, based on the 16 Guidelines for life. It has been designed for 7- to 11-year-olds but is also being used with younger and older children. 

Ready Set Happy and the associated materials are offered for download to everyone in the spirit of service. However, if you have the means please make a generous donation for each location where you are using the materials. You may print as many copies as you like for your location. Your kind contribution will be used towards the cost of producing this resource and to further the beneficial work of The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom.

In this section:

16 Guidelines for Children

Ready Set Happy
uses a slightly different list of the 16 Guidelines:

  1. Humility
  2. Patience
  3. Contentment
  4. Delight
  5. Kindness
  6. Honesty
  7. Generosity
  8. Thoughtful speech
  9. Respect
  10. Forgiveness
  11. Gratitude
  12. Responsibility
  13. Principles
  14. Aspiration
  15. Service
  16. Courage


Download Ready Set Happy, the Highlights Pages and the Songs

Ready Set Happy is fully available for download
in English and Spanish.

You can also read about the Ready Set Happy Highlights Pages and download them.

You can also download the Ready Set Happy songs: chants and hand-claps about the 16 Guidelines.

Ready Set Happy Community

A worldwide community of schools, families and other groups who use Ready Set Happy is emerging. For example, some people are sharing lesson plans and related resources. We also offer revisions and updates. We’re always interested to hear from anyone who is using these materials! Please contact Denise Flora at: flora.letsplaymusic (at)

Reviews and Testimonials about Ready Set Happy

Ready Set Happy is being used and adapted on five continents, in several languages, in group settings like spiritual centers for diverse faiths, in Montessori Schools, day-cares, summer camps and even exercise classes, and in family and neighborhood settings as well as home schooling.

Younger children love the songs and chants from the book and sing them at home. Older children enjoy the activities that allow them to talk about their personal experiences and situations where they see value in the application of the Guidelines. The parents and teachers love that the children are thinking, not just memorising. Here are their words:

"I like using the guidelines to focus discussion with my son [age 4]. He was recently heard singing in the airport, "I'm like water, patient, still, searching for the path downhill." Not bad advice for the airport."

"My daughter, almost 5, is thinking about what she hears, not just rote repetition. She asks questions, and explaining benefits her and maybe me too."

"I enjoy the conversations my daughter [age 6] and I have on the way home. Her reflections and thoughts on the lessons are sometimes very profound."

"The secular approach is very comforting to my daughter's other parent who is a different faith from me. They can talk about these ideas, too."

Children have said:

"This year I learned to have more patience with my brother."

"This year I can enjoy it when someone else gets a new toy."

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