I’m terrible at Flappy Bird. That’s ok, you are too. That’s probably why you’re reading this. As of this writing, my high score is a paltry 18. My teenage nephew, on the other hand, has managed to break the 40 mark without a sweat. So I did what any self-respecting 33 year old man with a Flappy Bird addiction would do: I asked a child for help.

His advice delivers a heaping helping of common sense – and like all common sense, it seems applicable well beyond the context in which it was given. So I ask you: will these tips improve your Flappy Bird game, or your day-to-day life?

I say it’s both.

 

1. Playing Flappy Bird is like riding a bike. You get better as you practice.

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2. Don’t get too frustrated. It’s okay if you don’t get past 10 points every time.

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3. If you’re having a bad run, just stop playing for an hour or so, then come back to it relaxed and refreshed.

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4. Flappy Bird is the most frustrating game ever, but don’t give up hope.

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5. Above all, remember to stay calm while you play. If you’re freaking out, then you’re gonna crash.

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