This is a verse I’ve heard many times during my life: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:8).” Extending love to those around us, even when it’s difficult, even when we may not necessarily like someone or may not appreciate their behavior or life choices, is still the greatest way to achieve happiness. When we allow someone to steal our happiness because we dwell on whatever misery that person has caused us, another expression applies: We allow that person to live rent-free in our heads–so maybe it’s time to send an eviction notice!
We are up to #11 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness.
Here are #1 – #10 in case you have missed any:
So here is rule #11…
Rule #11 – Love More!
“We must realize that we feel the most happy in life – when we are the ones giving the love!
The more we love others, the happier we become.
The more we love the world around us, the happier we become.
The more we love even our enemies, the happier we become.
And best of all, WE can control the amount of love we give – and thereby control the amount of happiness we experience.” –Karl Moore
“Love and kindness are never wasted.
They always make a difference.
They bless the one who receives them,
and they bless you, the giver.”
– Barbara De Angelis
I especially like the revelation that “WE can control the amount of love we give – and thereby control the amount of happiness we experience.” That’s definitely worth pondering. That, and “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.”
I would say those phrases are true except in those rare occasions when you’re dealing with someone who is truly depraved or outright evil, in which case you would put yourself in danger if you don’t exercise wisdom and caution.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you agree with this rule?
Do you feel happier when you practice a loving lifestyle?
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