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Tips for a Happy Life – Swami Sivananda

  1. Speak a little. Speak sweetly. Always utter encouraging words.
  2. Lead a happy, contented life. Avoid unnecessary worry.
  3. Be mentally detached.
  4. Have plain living and high thinking.
  5. Reduce your wants. If you have four shirts, reduce the number to three or two.
  6. Think of those who do not possess even one-tenth of what you have. Share with others.
  7. Do not depend upon servants. Self-reliance is the highest of all virtues.
  8. Never hurt anybody. Control anger by love, forgiveness and compassion.
  9. Do not brood over past mistakes.
  10. Never fail to fulfill your duties.

Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963)

Source: Excerpts from the teachings of Swami Sivananda.