Twelve Rules For Happiness

twelve rules for happiness

I think I copied this down when I was a teenager.

Twelve Rules For Happiness:

Happiness is a habit, a by product of right thinking and living.

1. Live a simple life. Be temperate in your habits. Avoid self-seeking and selfishness. Make simplicity the keynote of your daily plans. Simple things are best.

2. Spend less than you earn. It may be difficult, but it pays large dividends in contentment. Keep out of debt. Cultivate frugality, prudence and self -denial. Avoid extravagance.

3. Think constructively. Train yourself to think clearly and accurately. Store your mind with useful thoughts. Stand porter at the door of your mind.

4. Cultivate a yielding disposition. Resist the common tendency to want your own way. See the other’s viewpoint.

5. Be grateful. Begin the day with gratitude for your opportunities. Be glad for the privilege of life and work.

6. Rule your moods. Cultivate a mental attitude of peace and goodwill.

7. Give generously. There is no greater joy in life than to render happiness to others by means of intelligent giving.

8. Work with right motives. The highest purpose of your life should be to grow in spiritual grace and power.

9. Be interested in others. Divert your mind from self-centeredness. In the degree that you give, serve and help, you will experience the by product of happiness.

10. Live in a day tight compartment. That is live one day at a time. Concentrate on your immediate task. Make the most of today.

11. Have a hobby. Nature study, walking, gardening, music, golfing, carpentry, stamp collecting, sketching, voice culture, public speaking, foreign language, chess, books, photography, social service, travel, authorship. Cultivate an avocation to which you can turn for diversion and relaxation.

12. Keep close to God. True and enduring happiness depends primarily upon close alliance with him. It is your privilege to share his thoughts for your spiritual nourishment and to have constant assurance of divine protection and guidance.

-Grenville Kleiser

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    • Noel D'Souza
    • June 7, 2011

    Hello Shawn,

    Thanks for sharing the Twelve Rules for Happiness.
    The one I like are 1, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12

    Wishing you a Blessed and Peaceful week!

    God Bless!!!

    • David Parrish
    • June 7, 2011

    Simple is great, down grading and de-cluttering is wise. Even so, avoiding challenges and failing to take risks is no way to live. As you seek to live simply stretch yourself. Get out and get going. Make a difference and leave an impact. Self control is particularly gratifying when it results in enhancing your ability to serve and contribute.

    Thanks for the good words.

    1. Reply

      Hey David! Where you been? I’m very happy to see you here again…or maybe you never left?

    • Jimmye
    • June 7, 2011

    These 12 rules are spot on, I personally feel rule #12 should be rule #1 though. Put God first in your life and it will make the other 11 rules much easier to obtain. Thank You again for other great reading to start my work day!

      • Reneé Hurst Raney
      • March 22, 2019

      Rule #12 should definitely be #1

    • Sarah
    • June 7, 2011

    I like the “live a simple life”… it seems like everyone wants to have a big car, a big house, and a big green lawn. I think I’m very happy in my little two bedroom apartment with my husband… and our two little dogs! I like the idea of simplicity as that helps me to avoid too much clutter and hoarding. I’m not saying my life is perfect, but I think that, like this list suggests, happiness is a constant progression towards being a better you… I like to add in my prayers for Heavenly Father to help make me a better person every day. Thanks for further guidance on how to achieve happiness and “self better-ment”!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Sarah, I’m glad you liked it. I know what you mean about having a simple life; it might leave some more time to pursue self-actualization. I’m happy you showed up here; I wasn’t sure if you were still stopping by!

    • joel
    • June 8, 2011

    thanx pal…… are indeed a blessing……..

    • marivic
    • June 9, 2011

    Very nice quotes, i like it! more blessings…

    can u send me email?

    • Beec
    • June 21, 2011

    Hi Shawn,

    Love your 12 rules of happiness, especially No. 1 which is very important i think and you can learn alot from life by doing so. Please do share more of this with us and yeah love the thoughts you send as well.

    God bless you…

    Thank You and have a lovely week ahead.

    • Badari
    • July 1, 2011

    Thank you the lovely tips on happiness!mostly i follow now all of”em for sure!i also shared it on FB

    • Shane Steer
    • May 16, 2019

    Beautifully said yesterday is gone today’s a gift except that gift it could just be you’re last

    1. Reply

      Glad that you enjoyed it, Shane! Hope to see you around here again. 🙂

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