Being Happy!


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I am attending a course on Practical Philosophy (sure to be the subject of a later blog post) and last night one of the people there gave me a copy of the following list on how to be happy.  I love it!   The article is called ‘Happiness’ by Ella Wheeler Wilcox from the  2012 winter issue of a magazine called ‘Grace’.

  1. Make up your mind to be happy.  Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
  2. Make the best of your circumstances.  No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness in life.  The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
  3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.
  4. You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you.
  5. Don’t let your neighbour set your standards. Be yourself.
  6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
  7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
  8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, enmity, grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
  9. Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about new places.
  10. Don’t hold post-mortems. Don’t spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes.  Don’t be one who never gets over things.
  11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
  12. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.


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  1. love it also !!! No.10 nearly made me choke on my cornflakes!!! As a wise old guru advised learn from sorrows or mistakes (who could she have been) & I suppose learn from successes too

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