Are you Happy?

7/4/2008:

File this under “super random post of the day,” (or “People should be sleeping in today”).

Many years ago, when I was in corporate America, I had this sign hanging on my wall. It “kept me in check” and reminded me of things that I believe most people forget in their daily travels.

Mind you, I have to say there’s at least ONE item on this list that I’m not “taking care of,” but that can easily be corrected.

What do you think of this list? Do you live a happy life?

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A Guide to a Happy Life

  • No one will ever get out of this world alive. Resolve therefore to maintain a reasonable set of values.
  • Take care of yourself. Good health is everyone’s major source of wealth. Without it, happiness is almost impossible.
  • Resolve to be cheerful and helpful. People will repay you in kind.
  • Avoid angry, abrasive persons. They are generally vengeful.
  • Resolve to listen more & to talk less. No one ever learns anything by talking.
  • Be chary of giving advice. Wise men don’t need it & fools won’t heed it.
  • Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving & tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.
  • Do not equate money with success. There are many successful moneymakers who are miserable failures as human beings. What counts most about success is how a person achieves.

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5 Comments on "Are you Happy?"

YuppieSteve
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YuppieSteve

1. Good luck, Barbara.

2. The only thing on the list I don’t really even attempt to do is “Be chary of giving advice.” I am the kind of guy that posts advice in blog comments.

In spite of that, I am pretty happy.

Would be happier with lower taxes, but I manage.

BarbaraR56
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BarbaraR56

I’m fighting cancer for the second time and I try to be as happy with the little things in life. I am trying to make everyday count, I am in remission right now and hopefully will stay that way. Am I truly happy, NO!!! But I make the most of what I have, surround myself with family and positive people and hold out hope for a better tomorrow. 😛

elainetyger
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elainetyger

I disagree that happiness is almost impossible without good health. I know an awful lot of people who are chronically ill, infirm, or disabled who are a lot happier than people who are certifiably sane and physically fit.

Also, if you’re cheerful or helpful with an expectation of getting the same in return, you will probably be severely disappointed sooner or later. I don’t believe that karma is a given, but that doing good increases your chances of good happening to you in the same way that quitting smoking decreases your chances of getting lung cancer.

Hobo91
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Yes….family is great and job is pretty good.

Easy-E
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“Do not equate money with success. There are many successful moneymakers who are miserable failures as human beings. What counts most about success is how a person achieves.” A couple of my favorite stories of the Tao The Fishermans Wealth Once a fisherman was sitting near shore, under the shade of a tree. Suddenly a man of great wealth approached him and asked him why he was lazing instead of working. To this the fisherman replied that he had caught enough fish for the day to meet his quota. Hearing this the rich man got angry and said, “Why don’t you catch more fish instead of sitting there wasting your time?” The fisherman asked, “What would I do by catching more fish?” The rich man said, “If you catch more fish you could sell them to buy a bigger boat.” The fisherman said,”What would I do then?” The rich man said, “You could go fishing in deeper waters and catch many more fish and earn even more money.” The fisherman asked, “What would I do then?” The rich man said, “You could eventually buy a fleet of boats and employ many people to work for you and earn even more money.” The fisherman again asked, “What would I do then?” The rich man said. “You could become a wealthy man like me.” The fisherman asked, “What would I do then?” The rich man said, “You could then enjoy your life peacefully.” To that the fisherman replied, “What do you think… Read more »
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