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)
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(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?'"
Click to read his full list.