Website owner: James Miller
What is the secret to a happy life? How does one acquire happiness, peace and mental health? The secret lies in outlooks, attitudes, values and habits of the mind. Live by the following principles: - put spiritual things first; nothing is as important as spiritual things. Seek understanding, wisdom, knowledge, truth. - flee argument; seek peace, quiet, harmony - pursue honesty, sincerity, naturalness, simplicity - avoid idleness; try to keep busy - reject intellectual authority; trust no one's mind but your own; learn to trust and rely on your own sense and judgment; pursue common sense - know yourself and be yourself - love, fear, revere and obey God; let your full allegiance be to Him; take him and his commandments seriously; love Goodness; meditate on the value of Goodness and the folly of Badness; pursue Virtue - simplify! simplify! simplify! keep life as simple as possible; pursue "the simple life" and reflect on its merits; avoid the Sophisticated and the Superficial; question fads and fashions - cultivate thrift and frugality - flee hatred, resentment, bitterness, anger, malice, envy and other such self-destructive feelings; stay clear of them; don't let them gain a hold on your mind; carry no malice or anger against any man - flee cynicism and sarcasm - cultivate humility, meekness, patience and a mild, warm, friendly, even disposition - never return evil for evil; do not retaliate for wrongs done to you; leave justice to God; act maliciously toward no man; never even wish bad for another person - do not judge another person; leave judgment to God - watch your language; let no blasphemy, profanity, or low words ever pass your lips; let your language be pure - always do what is right, live by your conscience; always have consideration for your neighbor; treat him properly; do what is right by him - establish and cultivate good habits (such as abstinence from drinking, smoking, gambling, drug use, etc.) - always be dependable and responsible; always be true to your word; never break a promise - always tell the truth; never lie - question the assumptions, ideas, views, attitudes, values, and pursuits of society; examine them and re-examine them; trust them not; seek truth - pursue justice, fairness, and impartiality; be objective and fair in your thinking; give to each man his due; get the facts first and be slow in passing judgment; love Truth and pursue it - pursue substance rather than appearance; don't worry about appearance, let people think what they will; don't let appearances become your object - stay strictly away from the morally impure. Have nothing to do with it. Avoid it in all forms. Oct 1977 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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