Rules of Happiness #11 – Love More – January 16 Devotions

Something 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–then it’s time to send an eviction notice!

 

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We are up to #11 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness.

Here are #1 – #10 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

Rule #10: Be More Social

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So here is rule #11…

Rule #11 – Love More!

 

“We must realize that we feel the most happy in life – when we are the one 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

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My reflections:

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 might put yourself in danger if you don’t exercise wisdom and caution.

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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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     One of my favorite color combinations on     this “jewel tones” quilt I made for a customer.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Such a great post! So true, we all need to love a little more. Thanks for sharing

  2. I think there are some relationships that it doesn’t matter what you do won’t work out. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try or that they aren’t nice themselves but that sometimes happiness comes from cutting them out rather than waste our love on someone who doesn’t want it.
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  3. I’ve noticed the post and i just new that i must read this one, since i feel a bit unloved un-appreciated at the moment. Needed someinspiration.

    I would like to know what do you do when you give people chances to make up for the things they’ve done to you, but they always to the same things are just being nice to you when they need you, but otherwise they don’t even know you at all, how can you be nice?

    Maybe it’s true what Patricia have said, we should cut those people out of our lives so that we can be happy, just the difficult part in this case for me are that they are part of my family,
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  4. I agree with Patricia. There have been a couple of relatives (it’s so true you can’t choose your family) that I just could no form a relationship with. Not bad people, just people I could never sustain a relationship with.
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  5. Definitely, love makes people happy and more love means more happiness! I love this rule. Thanks for the beautiful reminder to just simply love more.

  6. I love this sentiment! I think it is so true. And I particularly love that we don’t have to rely on anyone else or their responses to accomplish this. We can choose to be loving and send love out into the world to others no matter how other people respond!

    Have a blessed day!
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  7. Love covers a multitude od sins so once we love many other things will come easily…love is the base really
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  8. I love this website. It is so uplifting! I have not been doing good lately with self-esteem. I have been temporarily laid off from work and I am drowning in a sea of worry. I pray and pray. Although I feel worthless right now, I know God loves me unconditionally.
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  9. This is a great post. If there is one thing that I believe can change the world, that would be love 🙂 From love springs out peace and happiness. Love this!
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  10. Loving our enemies is a difficult one. How do we love people who want to hurt us? I understand this as meaning offering love to other people without necessarily agreeing to their demands or expecting anything in return.

  11. I think when we operate in love in spite of the circumstances around us we grow. This is much harder than it sounds though.

  12. Someone very close to me going through a lot and I am helping them out emotionally. I am directing her to this to assist ! Love reading your posts. Thank you
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  13. These are all great tips and such a great post.Happiness comes to our self. Just be yourself in everything you do. Lets be happy all. 🙂

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