Rules of Happiness #1 – January 6 Devotions
On this day, 1-6-16, I thought I’d use a slightly new approach and share one “rule” each day for 17 days from 17 Rules of Happiness by Karl Moore (or what is now updated to 18 rules).
“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 17 rules designed to shift your perspective, helping you to rediscover the happiness you may have forgotten.” –Karl Moore
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
-– Helen Keller
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 about getting off the pity pot!
What do you think about this first rule and its application to happiness? Do you struggle with self-pity?