'It is better to give than to receive - especially advice.' MARK TWAIN.
This book offers 366 tips - some in their own words, some favourite quotations; some maxims of every day life; some pithy, some profound, some philosophical.
From poets to philosophers, from psychologists to Members of Parliament, from businessmen to novelists, the range of contributors cuts a wide swathe across all age-groups, professions, political affilitations and social backgrounds.
Their chosen tips will make us laugh or shudder, will have resonance or private meaning, and will widen our realms of experience as they tap into favourite dreams, obsessions, aspirations or jokes.
Anita Roddick, of the Body Shop, writes in her introduction: "I believe that most of us will find here at least one or two of what the poet William Blake called 'minute particulars', the small and useful details that can make a difference to a person's quality of life."