Pope Offers Tips for Happiness
Don't be a self-centered know-it-all, says pontiff
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2014 2:10 PM CDT
Pope Francis smiles as he waves to faithful at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – Pope Francis is out with a new 10 Commandments of sorts, but this list, given to the Argentine weekly Viva, is all about how to be happy. A sampling, as rounded up by the National Catholic Reporter:

  • 'Live and let live': This is the pope's No. 1, and it should be a guiding principle for all, he says. He cites another phrase with a similar theme, "Move forward and let others do the same." Similarly, he urges people not to "proselytize," but to respect others' beliefs and to have conversations about them.
  • 'Be giving of yourself to others': Because "if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid."

  • 'Healthy sense of leisure': Parents, play with your kids, he advises. Our frenetic, consumer-oriented culture robs us of simple pleasures like that. On a related note, shut off the TV during dinner.
  • Don't be negative: If you're always bashing others, it doesn't speak well of you. That attitude suggests that "instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'" says the pope. "Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy."
  • Respect nature: The damage humans are inflicting on the environment is a modern scourge, says Francis. "I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is, 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'"
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Aug 1, 2014 12:06 PM CDT
Interesting. The man just essentially wrote out my philosophy of life. But I didn't need him to tell me that. I thought it up all by my agnostic self.
Marked as Spam?
Jul 31, 2014 2:52 AM CDT
This is the Pope's effort to win back Pastafarians. It might work, too. At heart most people would really prefer wine and bread to beer and strippers. His cardinal rule sounds very much like the FSM's 1st I'd-really-raher-you-didn't: "1. I’d Really rather you didn’t act like a sanctimonious holier-than-thou ass when describing my noodly goodness. If some people don’t believe in me, that’s okay. Really, I’m not that vain. Besides, this isn’t about them so don’t change the subject"
Tony P
Jul 30, 2014 11:25 PM CDT
As Christians are being persecuted and driven out and killed in Iraq and Syria this guy's concerned about writing about ways to be happy.