Words of Interest
Louis Stevenson's 12 pieces of advice on how to live one's life
- Make up your mind to be happy:
learn to find pleasure in simple things.
- Make the best of your
circumstances: no one has everything and everyone has something of
sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life. The trick is to make the
laughter outweigh the tears.
- Don't take yourself too
seriously: don't think that somehow you should be protected from
misfortunes that befall others.
- You can't please everybody:
don't let criticism hurt you.
- Don't let your neighbours set
your standards: be yourself.
- Do the things you enjoy doing,
but always stay out of debt.
- Don't borrow trouble:
imaginary things are harder to bear than the actual ones.
- Since hate poisons the soul, don't
cherish enmities or grudges: avoid people who make you unhappy.
- Have many interests: if you
can't travel, read about new place.
- Don't hold postmortems:
don't spend your life brooding over sorrows or mistakes: don't be one
who never gets over things.
- Do what you can for those less
fortunate than yourself.
- Keep busy at something: a
busy person never has time to be unhappy.
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