Here is “The Road to Happiness”:
- Keep skid-chains on your tongue; always say less than you think. How you say things often counts far more than what you say.
- Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what it costs you.
- Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging thing to or about somebody. Praise good work done, regardless of who did it. If criticism is merited, criticize helpfully and never spitefully.
- Be interested in others: interested in their pursuits, their welfare, their homes, and families. Make merry with those who rejoice and mourn with those who weep. Let everyone you meet, however humble, feel that you regard them as a person of importance.
- Be cheerful. Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. Laugh at good stories and learn to tell them.
- Preserve an open mind on all debatable questions. Discuss, but don’t argue. It is the mark of a superior mind to disagree and yet be friendly.
- Let your virtues, if you have any, speak for themselves, and refuse to talk of another’s vices. Discourage gossip. Make it a point to say nothing to another unless it is something good.
- Be careful of others’ feelings. Wit at the other fellow’s expense is rarely worth the effort and may hurt where least expected.
- Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Simply live so that nobody will believe them.
- Don’t be too anxious about getting your just dues. Do your work, be patient, keep your disposition sweet, forget self, and you will be respected and rewarded – on the road to Happiness!
Simple, powerful principles to build a better individual, family, neighborhood and nation. Imagine what could happen if everyone, especially our political leaders, pursued such a path?
For Sutherland Institute, this is Boyd Matheson. Thanks for engaging – because principle matters.
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