How To Be Your Best Self, According To Sheldon Cooper

Brains, charm, and a wicked sense of humor? Some people might say Sheldon Cooper has it all. Of course, he wouldn't be the man he is today without some instances of trial and error. Click through to see how you, too, can shine bright like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Stream episodes of The Big Bang Theory now on CBS All Access.

Searching for advice? Look no further than Dr. Sheldon Cooper!

1. Searching for advice? Look no further than Dr. Sheldon Cooper!

Brains, charm, and a wicked sense of humor? Some people might say Sheldon Cooper has it all. Of course, he wouldn't be the man he is today without some instances of trial and error. Thankfully, his attempts to lead his best life have set an example for us all.

Click through to see how you, too, can shine bright like Sheldon. 

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Take some risks.

2. Take some risks.

Making a major life change can be scary, but sometimes you've just gotta live a little. Sheldon knows that feeling all too well after proposing to Amy.

While we don't know what'll happen, you can't deny the guts it took for him to get down on bended knee!
Support your loved ones' endeavors.

3. Support your loved ones' endeavors.

The key to any successful relationship, romantic or otherwise, is being there for the other person and supporting the things they do—even if that means making personal sacrifices from time to time.
Don't push yourself too hard.

4. Don't push yourself too hard.

Sheldon learned the hard way what working yourself into the ground can do, and he wound up sick and delirious as a result.

When it comes to your personal health, don't be stingy. Take care to give yourself some R&R every now and again.
You don't need to swear.

5. You don't need to swear.

There's no need to be a potty mouth.

The next time you feel like cursing, remember that you can get your point across just as effectively with some PG-rated language. As Sheldon says, "You can hurt people just as well without [swear words] ... No muss, no fuss, not a single cuss!"
Never leave home without a paper clip.

6. Never leave home without a paper clip.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you desperately needed a binding agent for your important documents/concert posters/fliers/etc.? Do as Sheldon does, and always be prepared. 

After all, "You never know when two pieces of paper might temporarily need fastening in the top-left corner."
Ask for help if you need it.

7. Ask for help if you need it.

Sheldon may be a genius, but he can't possibly do everything by himself. Without the help of his family and friends, this theoretical physicist would rarely make it around town, know the definition of a "Kardashian," or survive flu season!

The next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or just plain sniffly, reach out to someone who's got your back—and can potentially apply some decongestant ointment.

After all, what're friends for? 
Allow yourself to be vulnerable.

8. Allow yourself to be vulnerable.

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary, but it can also be rewarding. Take, for example, Sheldon's decision to have coitus with Amy.

Initially, Sheldon had his reservations about being intimate with his long-time girlfriend. However, once he let go of his inhibitions and fears, he enjoyed sharing a more personal bond with her—even if the bonding only happens once a year!


 
Celebrate yourself!

9. Celebrate yourself!

There's no need to wait until your birthday to celebrate all things you!

Instead, take the time each day to acknowledge your strengths, both mentally and physically. Not only will this hopefully build your confidence, but you might also learn some new things about yourself! 
Understand what it means to be selfless.

10. Understand what it means to be selfless.

While you should take the time to honor and care for yourself, don't forget about the other people who make your life worth living. 

Remember when the gang went wine tasting and left a pregnant Bernadette behind? Sheldon didn't want her to be lonely, so he invited her over for boardgames and sparkling cider. That little act of kindness made Bernie feel loved and appreciated. Plus, Sheldon managed to have some fun, too. Bonus!
Do what you love.

11. Do what you love.

Do your friends think your web series about flags is a bit odd? Who cares! As long as you're having fun, that's all that matters.

Whether you enjoy cartography or rummaging through the stacks at the comic book store, fill your life with things you enjoy—and never apologize for what makes you happy.
Embrace your inner child.

12. Embrace your inner child.

Being an adult can be hard, so take a break from life's daily stresses by reconnecting with the younger you. Not sure how?

Try coloring, painting, or building a train set. Just don't blow off a date with your significant other to do so. You'll thank us later.
Be active.

13. Be active.

Sometimes, life can get so busy that you forget to take care of your well-being. That's why it's important to schedule regular check-ups, set aside time to eat healthy meals, and squeeze in some moderate exercise so you can keep yourself in tip-top shape.

A little cardio goes a long way.
Push yourself to do things you never thought you could.

14. Push yourself to do things you never thought you could.

Most of us are capable of more than we give ourselves credit for, and that's why it's important to take risks.

For example, when Sheldon drove Penny to the hospital, he ventured into the great vehicular unknown. After all, he doesn’t drive and isn't the most empathetic person; however, he proved that when times get tough, you have to ante up and help the people who matter most. 
Expand your horizons.

15. Expand your horizons.

It's easy to get caught up in the same old routine because you like what you like, and that works for you; but, why stay in your comfort zone when there's so much to see and learn? 

Ask your friends to teach you about their favorite topics and hobbies. Not only will you learn something new, but you'll also squeeze in some quality time with your pals!
Trust your gut.

17. Trust your gut.

If there's one thing Sheldon doesn't lack, it's confidence. 

Instead of wasting his time doubting himself or worrying about what other people think, this theoretical physicist trusts his instincts and makes decisions accordingly.
Admit when you're wrong.

18. Admit when you're wrong.

For Sheldon, it's rare, but never underestimate the power of owning up to your mistakes. Sure, not every "I'm sorry" needs a commemorative T-shirt, but it definitely doesn't hurt.
Stand up for what you believe.

19. Stand up for what you believe.

Life's too short to let others push you around, so, if you're passionate about something, stick up for yourself! Though, when you decide to wage a war in the lobby of a movie theater, maybe it's time to pick your battles a little better.

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