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Life got you down? The Pope has 10 tips to be happy

BE HAPPY: Pope Francis has listed a cheat sheet for a happy life.
BE HAPPY: Pope Francis has listed a cheat sheet for a happy life.

THE SECRET to a happy life is stop working on Sunday's, quit with the negativity and turn off the television when you sit down for dinner.

These three pearls of wisdom were ranked in Pope Francis' top 10 tips for happiness. 

The Pope got down to the essentials with his list of ways to live life to the fullest during an interview with the Argentine publication "Viva".

The number one piece of advice was to "live and let live," a principle he said everyone should be guided by.

The Pope's top ten tips

1. "Live and let live." A lesson that everyone should be following.  

2. "Be giving of yourself to others." Because "if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid."  

3. "Proceed calmly" in life. The Pope used the example of  Argentine novel in which the protagonist - gaucho Don Segundo Sombra - looks back on his life. "He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool (of water)".   

4. "A healthy sense of leisure." Pope Francis said enjoying art, literature and playing with children have been lost in modern culture. Families must also turn off the TV when they sit down to eat because, it "doesn't let you communicate" with each other.  

5. Sundays should be holidays.  He said "Sunday is for family," not for working.  

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. "We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs" and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.  

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation "is one of the biggest challenges we have," he said. "I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is: 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'"  

8. Stop being negative. "Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'" the Pope said. "Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy."  

9. Respect others' beliefs. "We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you,' No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing," he said.  

10. Work for peace. "We are living in a time of many wars (and ) the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive". 


Source: Catholic News Service

South Burnett

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