6 Rules for Happiness

1. Live Simply

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There is beauty in simplicity. Simple things bring infinite pleasure. Yet, it takes us a while to realize that. But once simple is in, complex it out. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Simplicity embarks not on what is seen by the naked eye, but dwelling on what is in the heart. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

2. Love Yourself

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“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Self-love is both conceptual, an idea that you are worthy of self respect and gentleness, and an action, treating yourself with compassion and self-nurturing. Put simply, self-love is positive self-regard in action. The most important decision of your life, the one that will affect every other decision you make, is the commitment to love and accept yourself. It directly affects the quality of your relationships, your work, your free time, your faith, and your future. Because we are all interconnected, when I love me, I also love you. Together through our love, we can heal ourselves, each other, and the world. Love is our purpose, our true calling. It begins with and within each of us.

3. Worry Less

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“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

Worry is essentially a control issue. It’s trying to control the uncontrollable. We can’t control the economy, so we worry about the economy. We can’t control our children, so we worry about our children. We can’t control the future, so we worry about the future. But worry never solves anything! It’s stewing without doing. Worry is unreasonable. Worry is unnatural. Worry is unhelpful. Worry is unnecessary.

4. Give More, Expect Less

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Give with all your heart. Give, not because you want to get anything in return, but because you just want to give.Give food to those in need. Give them some of your money, and if you can’t give them any of these things, offer them a loving smile and a silent blessing. Give more of yourself to those around you – more of your time, your knowledge, your expertise, you unique gifts and talents. Give more of your presence to your life partner, your children, friends, family and those close to you, and do it all without expecting anything in return. Give, and allow yourself to feel the wonderful joy that comes from doing just that.

 5. Forgive

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Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

6. Stay Positive

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Positive thinking is a mental attitude in which you expect good and favorable results. In other words, positive thinking is the process of creating thoughts that create and transform energy into reality. A positive mind waits for happiness, health and a happy ending in any situation. To use it in your life, you need more than just to be aware of its existence. You need to adopt the attitude of positive thinking in everything you do. In order to turn the mind toward the positive, some inner work is required, since attitude and thoughts do not change overnight.

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