Pope Francis gives 10 tips for happiness

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#1 Posted by whipassmt (15375 posts) -

I saw this article while researching for a different thread I created. Since there have been a few threads recently about people feeling unhappy or depressed I figured I would share the article. Maybe it may help some of you guys (of course depression could also be due to a chemical problem in the brain, in which case a psychiatrist should be sought out) to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

In a recent interview with Pablo Calvo given to mark his 500 day anniversary as Pope, Pope Francis mentioned some tips for how to live a happier life. I'll enumerate them:

1. Live and Let Live - “The Romans have a saying, which can be taken as a point of reference,” the Pope said. “They say: Campa e lascia campà (Live and let live). That’s the first step to peace and happiness.”

2. Give yourself to others.

3. "move quietly" - "third, he proposed that one “move quietly” and cited the Argentine novel Don Segundo Sombra, written by Argentine poet and novelist Ricardo Güiraldes. In Don Segundo Sombra, there is a very beautiful thing, a man who looks back on his life, the Pope says. In his youth, the protagonist was a rocky stream that ran over everything, but as he became older, he was a running river and in old age was “quietly peaceful.” The Pope said the elderly have the wisdom to move with “kindness and humility” and have the “calmness of life.” He also repeated his concern that a people who doesn’t take care of its elderly “has no future.”

4. Play with children and have a healthy culture of leisure, reading and enjoying art - He mentioned that consumerism has led to the anxiety of losing this culture and that when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires he would ask young mothers how often they played with their children. He admits that finding time to play with their children can be hard for working parents, but "it must be done".

5. Spend Sundays with the family - he recalled that during a recent visit to Campobasso in Southern Italy, workers there did not want to work on Sundays.

6. Help Young people find employment - he says that creativity is needed and that young people who don't have jobs may "fall into drugs" and are more likely to commit suicide. He also recommended apprentice work for young people, so that they can learn a skill and have the "dignity of bringing home the bacon."

7. Look after nature.

8. Quickly forget about the negative - According to Pope Francis speaking badly of others shows low self-esteem.

9. Respect those who think differently.

10. Actively seek peace.

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#2 Posted by foxhound_fox (96807 posts) -

I was thinking sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.

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#3 Posted by whipassmt (15375 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

I was thinking sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.

Drugs don't make people happy (maybe temporarily). They usually make them miserable in the long run.

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#4 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (4996 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

I was thinking sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.

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#5 Edited by Master_Live (18817 posts) -
  1. Yes
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. Sunday is for football.
  6. If they find it they find it, if not then that is that.
  7. Yes
  8. I don't think so.
  9. Yes
  10. Yes
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#6 Posted by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

He seems to be actively working on 8 really heavily....like his own institution's negatives

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#7 Posted by -Blasphemy- (3353 posts) -

I didn't understand 1-3 but 4 I do all the time

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#8 Posted by Serraph105 (31898 posts) -

@wis3boi said:

He seems to be actively working on 8 really heavily....like his own institution's negatives

one of those negatives relates to number 4.

Seriously though (as if what I just said wasn't serious enough) these suggestions do seem like good advice.

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#9 Posted by korvus (10715 posts) -

Can't really find anything wrong with following these advises...it certainly won't hurt...

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#10 Posted by foxhound_fox (96807 posts) -

@whipassmt said:

@foxhound_fox said:

I was thinking sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.

Drugs don't make people happy (maybe temporarily). They usually make them miserable in the long run.

Which is why so many people use them? If people thought it made them miserable, they would stop using them.

And I'm talking about alcohol, tobacco and caffeine here. Fully legal drugs that probably almost everyone has used or been exposed to at some point.

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#11 Posted by Xeno_ghost (990 posts) -

@whipassmt: "Drugs don't make people happy (maybe temporarily). They usually make them miserable in the long run"

All things in moderation.

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#12 Edited by ShepardCommandr (4844 posts) -

No

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#13 Posted by Perfect_Blue (30068 posts) -

@whipassmt said:

7. Look after nature.

Thought this bit is SO underappreciated today. It baffles me how those right-wing fundamentalists in the GOP aren't more protective of the environment and "god's earth".

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#14 Posted by comp_atkins (34393 posts) -

how about simply: "don't be a dick"

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#15 Posted by Serraph105 (31898 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

@whipassmt said:

7. Look after nature.

Thought this bit is SO underappreciated today. It baffles me how those right-wing fundamentalists in the GOP aren't more protective of the environment and "god's earth".

I agree that we should look after nature. Even in the bible there is a line in Genesis (first chapter of the bible) about how man should reign over the animals of the earth. In my church we largely interpreted that to mean for humanity to be the caretakers.

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#16 Posted by Shottayouth13- (7014 posts) -

You know, I actually like this new pope.

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#17 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8655 posts) -

Reasonable advice. Except spending Sunday with family. To me its just another day of the week. Sometimes I work it sometimes I don't. Should just be spend time with family.

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#18 Edited by playmynutz (7911 posts) -

Seven on everything

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#19 Edited by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

@Serraph105 said:

@wis3boi said:

He seems to be actively working on 8 really heavily....like his own institution's negatives

one of those negatives relates to number 4.

Seriously though (as if what I just said wasn't serious enough) these suggestions do seem like good advice.

Sure. I'm just quite tired of the public riding his words into the sunset as if they are some amazing revealed new wisdom or something while his own church does nothing about the suffering they cause

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#20 Edited by alim298 (2747 posts) -

Good.

EDIT: Bene!

At least assassin's creed taught me that one.

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#21 Posted by PS4hasNOgames (2620 posts) -

LOL #4 is Play with children.... I think many catholic priests have that one locked down lol

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#22 Edited by GreySeal9 (28247 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

@whipassmt said:

7. Look after nature.

Thought this bit is SO underappreciated today. It baffles me how those right-wing fundamentalists in the GOP aren't more protective of the environment and "god's earth".

Couldn't agree more. I think a lot of rightwingers are just into religion because it's traditional and don't really give that much thought to the deeper principles.

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#23 Posted by GreySeal9 (28247 posts) -
@Shottayouth13- said:

You know, I actually like this new pope.

I think he's awesome.

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#24 Posted by whipassmt (15375 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

@whipassmt said:

7. Look after nature.

Thought this bit is SO underappreciated today. It baffles me how those right-wing fundamentalists in the GOP aren't more protective of the environment and "god's earth".

Some of it is that they worry about the economic impact of environmental regulations. Some conservatives also see this as an issue of personal responsibility rather than government involvement.

Proper stewardship of creation is something that various recent pope's have emphasized. Under Benedict XVI's papacy the Vatican installed a solar panel on the Paul VI audience hall and planted some trees in Austria to compensate for their carbon emissions (If I remember correctly they were aiming to become the first carbon neutral state). Of course some environmentalists can go to far in the other direction where they are too extreme.

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#25 Posted by one_plum (6505 posts) -

#11: Don't be an INFP