Smart Ways to Live by The Maccabeats

On the first day of CWTS class, Professor Durano showed us a video clip called Dumb Ways to Die. The video was a campaign by Metro Trains in Australia to remind people about rail safety. It became viral and was successful in conveying the message to the people even just for a short period of time. Last April, a parody called “Smart Ways to Live” by The Maccabeats was uploaded in YouTube. It wasn’t as popular as the original one but I thought the lyrics are too beautiful not to share. Here are the lyrics of the song:

Take a spider out of your friend’s hair
Give your nephew a teddy bear

Leave your waiter a nice big tip
Make sure to never double dip

Smart ways to live, so many smart ways to live
Help an old lady cross the street

Give the homeless something to eat.
Give someone a compliment

Leave a note when you accidentally make a dent
Smart ways to live, so many smart ways to live

Turn off your phone at the movies and table
Thank God for being healthy and able

Eat your veggies and a fruit or two
Close your mouth when you chew your food

Smart ways to live, so many smart ways to live

Always stay positive don’t let sad thoughts defeat you
Treat others like you’d want them to treat you

Maintain a healthy, active lifestyle
Always try your best at everything you do

Be the change you wanna see in the world
They may not rhyme but they’re quite possibly

The smartest ways to live
The smartest ways to live
So many smart ways to live!


We often have frustrations and disappointments in life. Problems never really disappear. Despite these, we shall always remember how to live a good life. Let us stop dwelling on the negative things and start living like there’s no tomorrow. As the saying goes, you only live once. 🙂

_ Arrah Batiles 2011-10527


4 thoughts on “Smart Ways to Live by The Maccabeats

  1. I like this version so much more and it’s so cute ! 😀 Although the original one was indeed entertaining and was made to serve as a helpful reminder to be careful, I find this version more child-friendly and one that definitely lightens the mood. It’s good to watch for people who are pessimistic and are negative thinkers. 🙂

  2. “Be the change you wanna see in the world.” The world would indeed be a better place to live in if we become more considerate of the people around us. Paying things forward is a concept so simple yet often overlooked by most people. Change need not be of great impact. Small deeds go a long way in achieving a more fruitful life.

  3. At first I thought I read it wrong though the title said it clearly, Smart Ways to Live. The video is so good and relaxing. It’s telling us the impact of the simple things we did, and above all living life to the fullest. This video would really make anyone watching it smile. This is so relaxing and recommended to all the people, especially those who had somehow “forgotten” how to live. 🙂

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