What Are the 16 Guidelines for Life?

The 16 Guidelines for Life are a set of practical and straightforward tools for developing happiness and meaning in everyday life. It is the first project of The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, a non-profit organization that aims to help people develop their natural capacity for compassion and wisdom.

The 16 Guidelines are not a prescriptive doctrine or a set of commandments. They are offered as opportunities to explore one’s own life experiences and to see whether the 16 Guidelines can help to improve the quality of that experience.


The 16 guidelines are built around humility, patience, contentment, delight, kindness, honesty, generosity, right speech, respect, forgiveness, gratitude, loyalty, aspiration, principles, service, and courage. The Guidelines are underpinned by four philosophical themes: How we think, How we act, How we relate, and How we find meaning.


The 16 Guidelines workshops are offered throughout the year for groups of varying sizes. Contact Anne Porteous to learn more or to sign up for an upcoming 16 Guidelines workshop.