In the July 27 issue of “Viva”, an Argentinian weekly publication, Pope Francis revealed his Top 10 guidelines for achieving happiness. He advocated for playing more, especially with others and children, and toning down the negativity. He placed importance on caring for our environment and working for peace. Most surprising was #9, an admonishment against religious proselytizing.
His advice to Argentinians for finding happiness was translated into English by the Catholic News Service.
1. Live and let live. As they say in Rome, “Move forward and let others do the same.”
2. Be giving of yourself to others. If you withdraw into yourself the ego may isolate you. “Stagnant water becomes putrid,” he said.
3. “Proceed calmly” in life. Strive for the ability to move with kindness and humility, along with that calmness.
5. Sundays should be holidays. “Sunday is for family,” said the Pontiff, who wants a day-off for all workers.
6. Young people should be able to work. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs,” he said. “It’s not enough to give them food.” Dignity becomes a bonus whenever they get rewarded for their own labor.
7. Respect and care for nature. Environmental degradation is like mankind committing suicide, he told the Argentinian reporter, and called it “one of the biggest challenges we have.”
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. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “The worst thing of all is religious proselytism. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No.”
10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars (so) the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive”.
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