by Robert Louis Stevenson

1. Make up your mind to be happy.
Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

2. Make the best of your circumstances.
No one has everything, and everyone has something
of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life.
The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the

3. Don't take yourself too seriously.
Don't think that somehow you should be protected
from misfortune that befalls other people.

4. You can't please everybody.
Don't let criticism worry you.

5. Don't let your neighbor set your standards.
Be yourself.

6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay
out of debt.

7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things
are harder to bear than real ones.

8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not
cherish jealousy, enmity, grudges. Avoid
people who make you unhappy.

9. Have many interests. If you can't travel,
read about new places.

10. Don't hold postmortems. Don't spend
your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes.
Don't be one who never gets over things.

11. Do what you can for those less fortunate
than yourself.

12. Keep busy at something. A busy person
never has time to be unhappy.

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