what i love about this book is that it breaks life down into 12 simple rules. life can sometimes seem overwhelming, and it's good to have 12 rules to refer back to. The way I remember the rules is by associating them with the 12 days of christmas. for example, rule number 5 is the "golden rings rule". rule #8, on the other hand, is the "lords a leaping" rule. this strategy is also helpful for memorizing john ritter's 8 simple rules for dating his teenage daughter. make sure she's back by 10, that's the "swans a swimming" rule.