Rules of Happiness #10 – Be More Social – January 15 Devotions

I used to be very social “out there” in the real world, when I had jobs outside the home. Since I came home to work about 8 years ago, I became more of a “hermit” and only work by telecommuting/virtual arrangements. Promoting my freelance business and my custom quilt business depends on social networking, and social networking also helps in the field of education, as I’m working on my doctoral degree. So I definitely agree with today’s rule of happiness to be more social!

 

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We are up to #10 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness.

Here are #1 – #9 in case you have missed any:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself.

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Happiness is Only Ever Now

Rule #8: Experience, Don’t Hoard!

Rule #9: Experience Both Sides of the Coin

 

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Now here’s today’s rule…

 

Rule #10 – Be More Social

 

“Countless studies on the science of happiness have turned up one single characteristic of the happiest and most successful people in society. They have a large social network!

 

Don’t just wait for interesting people to stumble into your life. Keep going and going. Expand your social circle as far as you can.

 

Be the person that walks through town and bumps into a dozen friends.” –Karl Moore

 

Let us be grateful to people

who make us happy,

they are the charming gardeners

who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

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My reflections:

I have discovered over the past few years just how much fun it is to have a large social network. As a freelancer who works from a home office, I especially enjoy and appreciate being able to socialize online. My favorite social network is Facebook, because I can more easily keep in touch with family and friends, as well as participate in groups with people who have mutual interests (like blogging and sewing!)

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

You’re online, so what do you think of online social networks? Do you have a large social network offline as well, or are you more of a “home body” like I am?

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One of my favorite bags I’ve made in this quilt block design.

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. That’s a nice rule. I would love to interact with people more. But I also enjoy my alone time. A good balance between would definitely make me happier.

  2. I guess I’m the opposite; my current job has me spending at least eight hours a day surrounded by people, helping people. When I feel socially exhausted, I sometimes don’t want to talk to anyone. But I’ll work on it, for sure.
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  3. This is a great tip. I’ll have to use it.

  4. Being social is someone important for your happiness. Finding others that think like you and love the same things is what keeps us going.

    Great post. I need to catch up on the others. And your bag is awesome. My mom always sewed so I grew up with. Now I just dabble a little not all that great. But I do love it.
    Sandy

  5. So true I feel lost when I am a lone because it makes me feel lonely!

  6. You had to go and spoil it by telling me to be more social, didn’t you? LOLROTF….I am one of those persons who really love their own company so I will spend the entire weekend at home if you allow me to….I need to really work on this
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  7. I’m more a home body to be honest, I feel more comfortable being at home with my cats 🙂 I’m quite social in work and with friends but home is where my heart is!
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  8. I’ve gone through the same thing from being home the last six years. Thankfully a mom group, going to the gym and church help me to stay social, but I often just don’t want to engage. I’m happy in my bubble…which over time can become unhealthy. Its good to socialize.
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  9. I have a lovely FB group that makes me happy with the interaction going on in there, although it doesn’t make up for meeting and engaging with people in real life, I fel it adds another dimenension

  10. in college i was incredibly social which was quite easy because in the dorms there were always friends to be found now most of my good friends don’t live close by so i find it harder to be social
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  11. I tried be more sociable a while back and hated it! I am most comfortable alone or with close friends and family. I have learned to stop forcing myself to be “out there.” Great post!
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  12. I love being at home. I can’t wait for the time that I have enough savings in the bank so I can retire. I do not like going out and socializing. I’d rather stay home with a good book, a glass of wine, surrounded by the people I love – my family.
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  13. Dang! As I went through this post it feels like it was literally written for me 🙂 I used to be someone who always socialize i the real world but that fade away when I started home based work. And this year, one of my goal is to be outside again and make new friends! 🙂
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  14. I guess it’s all about balance and what works well for that person. Having said that being in the company of others is always my preference, despite the fact that I do love my own company! Great post, thanks!

  15. In “real life” I am introverted and a homebody. I feel I thrive on social media – it’s a totally different way of being with each other, and one I feel comfortable in. I have social contacts I never, ever would have been able to make in person or by telephone.
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  16. I enjoy being social but I also enjoy spending quiet time at home. I am an introvert and I need my quiet time in order to recharge and get energized.

  17. I need to work on being more social. It’s hard with being a SAHM with a car on the fritz.

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