Rules of Happiness #1 – Don’t Feel Sorry for Yourself – July 13 Inspiration

Rules of Happiness!! The past month has been such a difficult and heavy one emotionally, I thought I would rerun a series of posts I originally published in January to uplift the spirit and lighten the mood. I’ll use a slightly different approach to my usual format and share one “rule” each day for the rest of July from 18 Rules of Happiness by Karl Moore.

Intro:

Every day, most of us focus on the grey clouds in the sky. Life is dim and gloomy, and showers are just minutes away. But we forget something. We don’t remember that just behind those clouds, the sun is beaming brightly – every single minute of every single day. These are 18 rules designed to shift your perspective, helping you to rediscover the happiness you may have forgotten.” –Karl Moore

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So here’s the first rule:

Rule #1 – Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself!

It’s not going to help the situation. It’ll only help you to wallow in a state of apathy, playing the victim.

The kind of person that things happen to, but that can’t do anything about it.

By stopping feeling sorry for yourself, you can actually get on and DO something about it.

If you want to be happy – stop feeling sorry for yourself.” –Karl Moore

 

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it,

we can never do anything wise in this world.”

-– Helen Keller

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My reflections:

This first rule is an “ouchy” one! It’s far too easy to give in to self-pity sometimes. Yet I know it’s not, honestly, a good feeling and only produces more negative feelings. This first rule also reminds me of a saying I’ve heard many times about getting off the pity pot!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

What do you think about this first rule and its application to happiness?

Do you struggle with self-pity?

 

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. I agree. Self-pity won’t do us any good. Good thing that summer is here. It always feels good to bask in the sun. It keeps us positive and happy. Also, it’s always there regardless of the dark clouds. Thanks, Karen!

  2. For some reason, I’ve never had much trouble staying out of a self pity loop; however, I’m still capable of climbing on other trains to nowheresville, such as low self esteem, anger, and defeatism. I’ll take your advice and not add self pity to the list.

  3. Hey, what a good hook with a series! Looking forward to following this. And, yes, self pity is a killer to a joyful life. Philippians 2:3-4 will help a Bible believer overcome that kind of self-centered approach to life.

  4. Sorry you’re having such a tough week! Hopefully these happiness tips give you some upliftment.

  5. I go through periods where I pity myself. But what I do is think of people I know who have it a lot worse, and I would not trade places with them.

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