By Maria Yagoda
September 25, 2015 02:50 PM
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Summer has been hard without our shows.

Now that fall is just around the corner, all of our favorite ShondaLand shows – Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy – are coming back onto our screens and into our hearts.

To be completely honest, we didn’t know how to live without them – literally. They’ve taught us everything we know about living our best, fiercest lives.

Here are just a few of the crucial life lessons that Shonda Rhimes’ characters have imparted upon us.

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Professor Keating from How to Get Away with Murder has mastered the silent, scathing stare. You should, too – for when someone’s ignorance doesn’t even deserve a verbal response.

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No one, ya hear?! Not your boyfriend. Not your best friend. Not the president. Not even your father. Especially not your father.

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It’s the only way to deal with the tragedy of everyone around you dying all the time.

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Accompanied with popcorn, natch.

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Alternatively, maybe try to minimize your interactions with dead bodies.

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Non-negotiable.

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Hustle like Scandal‘s Mellie Grant.

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It’s the only way to gain the respect you deserve.

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It won’t end well.

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