These Real-Life ‘Cheat Codes’ Will Help You Win the Game of Life

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Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start.

Anyone who has spent a significant part of their life playing video games knows that cheat codes can make things a bit more fun — and MUCH easier. Like, if you ever played The Sims without the “rosebud” cheat code, people would question what were you even doing?!

As it turns out, there are cheat codes to the game of Life, as well. Not the one with the spinner and the tiny peg people you put in cars. Like, actual life. That we’re living. Right now. You and me.

These cheat codes are tiny things you can do to make your life a bit easier— just like those good old video game cheat codes. My personal favorite cheat code? Get a king size comforter for a queen size bed. You’ll never go back.

A recent AskReddit thread asked people to share their own handy tips and cheat codes for life. You might want to write some of these down.

This is a game changer.

You can mute the self check-out kiosks.thewilburbeast

This one’s easy.

Smiling is magic. You can hear a smile through the phone. (And of course, people can see it on your face.) People often return a smile with a smile, which spreads positivity. Smiling can actually make you happier, which is a nice feedback loop to be in Fake it ’til you make it, smiles and confidence will open doors for you in life.takes_joke_literally

All hail the placebo effect!

When my daughter was little and still believed band-aids cured things, one time she had a belly ache so I put one on her belly and it made her feel better. Power of placebos!tres_chill

This one is very bold.

Several times in life I’ve cold called a company to confirm my interview time. I didn’t have one prior to my call, but in their confusion and inability to even find my resume I’ve managed to secure an interview about four out of five times. Twice I’ve gotten the job.TickleMeStalin

Everyone needs to carry walking papers.

When I was in my old 500+ person building, I kept a stack of papers on my desk. When I was bored or got tired of sitting down, I’d get up, grab my stack of papers and walk around. I called them my “walking papers” and did this for months. Got a lot of head nods and not one question the entire time. People always assumed I was on an important mission, but nope. Not in the least.37214

This mental trick is super helpful.

Once you unlock “not caring about other people’s thoughts” you basically double your mana indefinitely.Pfeiferrm

What a power move!

I had a professor in college who, while lecturing, suddenly let out a huge fart. Without pausing, he turned his head as if talking to someone behind him, said “Gesundheit,” and continued lecturing as if nothing had happened. It immediately diffused any potential awkwardness and embarrassment, and I vowed to use the same strategy if the same thing ever happened to me in front of a large crowd of people.KnowsAboutMath

This is incredible information.

If you ask someone if they know ALL the words to “I’m a little teapot” around 80% of the people you ask will start singing it. Half of those will do the gestures.InsertPlayerTwo

I’m definitely going to try this one out!

If you have no complaints about your food service/staff at a restaurant, ask to see the manager and pay a compliment and a “thank you” about the server/host/staff. Usually, people want to see a manager to complain, and a compliment is nearly always welcome. I’ve gotten countless free drinks/appetizers/chips/% off my bill – all for just making a polite comment to management.heelstoo

Not sure if I’ll use this one, though.

If you tuck a chicken’s head under its wing and wave the chicken in a circle, it will automatically fall asleep. It’s not a very good cheat code, but it’s still a cheat code to get you sleeping chickens.HoboTheDinosaur

This one is a great way to show gratitude.

The correct response to any compliment is “Thank you.” You can then follow it up with a comment if you’d like to continue the conversation. If someone likes your dress? “Thank you, it has pockets!” If someone compliments your art? “Thank you, I’ve been practicing.” If someone asks if you’re a professional singer because you have a good singing voice? “Thank you, I just sing for fun.” Not only does it make you seem confident and self-assured, it tells them that they are right! That’s a friendly thing to do. This even works if you don’t believe the compliment. Saying, “Oh, no, I’m ugly,” when someone compliments your appearance not only tells them that they’re wrong, it makes you think of yourself as ugly. A better answer would be, “Thank you, I really appreciate that and I don’t always believe it, so hearing that from you helps.”insertcaffeine

Do you work with kids? This trick could come in handy.

I am an assistant teacher in a preschool. Asking if kids can use their sitting muscles and listening muscles during circle time makes the kids want to show me how “strong” they are.neurotica_9000

Plus, you can eat the pizza!

No one stops a guy or girl carrying a pizza. It can get you backstage to concerts.tenderbranson301  

This one is surprisingly deep.

You become the people you surround yourself with.bk_cheech

Wish I read this sooner!

Compliment your children with “you are a hard worker” and not “you’re smart.” Studies show that kids who think they’re hard workers outperform kids who think they’re smart.holy_hunk

“No” is a complete sentence.

You don’t have to always “give away the recipe.” By that I mean, don’t over-explain yourself. If you can’t do something, 9/10 times it’s OK to simply say “unfortunately I’m not able to do that,” “can’t swing it this time,” etc. You don’t have to go on and on about why, or make reasons up and list them off. Over-explaining just ends up looking more suspect than simply being clear and concise.dolorousbread

And you won’t sound as annoying.

When someone says something true, say “you’re right,” not “I know.” It’ll make them feel better and you’ve still shown everyone how awfully clever you are.Taiwanderful

Don’t be afraid to ask.

Ask questions, about everything. Ask people about themselves. Be open about stuff you don’t understand, and ask questions about that. When you forget someone’s name, own up to it and just ask them. I am amazed at how many people won’t acknowledge even a tiny amount of ignorance or won’t show honest curiosity about something, can’t admit they’ve forgotten something they feel is important, and won’t ever ask for help. Guys…your life becomes so much easier if you just drop the ego and ask.tylerss20


I have a heated throw blanket in my living room. In the winter, I wrap my coat up in it, crank up the heat and in a few minutes, my coat is toasty warm so I can brave the coldest day.Lectric_Eye

This one is good advice– but don’t forget to pay it off!

Get a credit card like AMEX Blue that has 3-6% cash back at groceries. Buy all your items at the grocery store. I’ll use Kroger as an example. You can buy normal groceries + gift cards (Amazon, Delta, H&M, McDonald’s, whatever) and get the cash back on that deal. Then, if you time it with their 4x Fuel Rewards, you can save $1/gallon off gas up to 35 gallons. Altogether, the math works out to being 12-15% off pretty much everything, if I recall correctly.kukukele

Don’t wait to speak up.

Pause. Like, wait. When asked a question or engaging in idle conversation and someone is speaking, do not immediately begin your reply when they stop speaking. They usually aren’t done. And in the case of questions most people, if you give them time, provide the answer to the question as well, so yeah LISTEN as well.trollking66

It really makes a difference!

I cannot overstate how much dressing well and being well-groomed will impact your life. It’ll drop the difficulty by two or three levels. No joke. People will treat you VASTLY differently. The opposite is also true.Studlum

Always pursue them!

When married, don’t stop treating your significant other like you did when you were trying to win them over. It is a great way to show them you’re still as infatuated with them as you were when you first met.Knockemdeadkidd

It’s not worth it.

Don’t ask or talk about the drama going on at the workplace.WhyYouHating123

Lower your standards!

Underpromise and Overperform. Say you’ll achieve less than you think you will and then do more and everyone will be impressed (works well at a job).Nrich5

It’s so simple, yet so difficult.

If you admit you’re wrong and make changes to whatever it is that you’re wrong about, people will respect and appreciate you more. Unfortunately, this requires you to swallow the ego pill. Without this, you will be incapable of being a civil person.methedunker

Save some money!

If you work Monday-Friday, spend a small amount of time on Sunday afternoon/evening sorting out your lunch for the week. I batch cook a pot of something and portion it out into 5 containers. It saves a ton of money, it’s usually healthier and it saves time having to make something quickly each morning because you can just grab a container out of the fridge and go.DevilRenegade

Bedtimes matter!

No matter what your bedtime and wake up time is, stick with it. After a decade of being that person on Facebook at 3 am and off to work 4 hours later, I started to view sleep as an enjoyable activity, not a chore. Game changer. Mornings are never a drag. If I have trouble sleeping, I can make up for it the next morning without messing up my whole day. When it’s your bedtime, turn off the lights and wait. And don’t touch your ducking phone or your computer. Don’t get out of bed wait. When your alarm goes off, get up. Repeat for two weeks. Enjoy a better life.lucy_throwaway


At a burrito shop, get half of one protein and half of another. They usually end up giving you like 20% more (exact science here) plus you get mo’ flavor.asaking

Yes! 100 percent this.

Do your best to show your appreciation for the administrative assistants where you work. Be friendly, get them Christmas gifts, show your appreciation for the work they do. These people hold an incredible amount of power and can save your butt.zazzlekdazzle