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Rules of Happiness #9 – Appreciate Both Sides of the Coin – January 14 Devotions


I’ve often heard adages such as  balance is the key to life and moderation in everything. These seem to suggest that too much of anything is off balance and could have less than ideal effects. As a case in point, last night–the night before another huge jackpot drawing, this time for nearly $1.6 BILLION–my hubby found an article about eight previous winners of multi-million dollar jackpots who spent or lost it all, in one way or another. It’s hard to imagine how that could happen, but it seems to suggest such instant wealth is often too much for some people to handle. On the other hand, some winners have successfully gone from “rags to riches,” and after living a very frugal lifestyle, have used their newfound wealth to pay off debts (their own and others’ debts), and to donate to or establish charitable foundations. It would seem THOSE people understand what it’s like to live on “both sides of the track” and they literally appreciate “both sides of the coin.”





So far we have covered eight of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness:

In case you have missed any, here they are:

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!



Now here’s today’s rule of happiness


Rule #9 – Appreciate Both Sides of the Coin


“The truth is that in order for you to experience true happiness in your life, you must experience sadness.


Without sadness, we really can’t even understand what happiness is. Just enjoy and embrace all your life adventures.


And when seemingly negative things happen, remember that it’s just the duality of life.


It’s just the other side of the coin. It’s required. It’s part of the equation.” –Karl Moore

“You don’t know when you’ve hit a peak

until you’re coming down.

And you don’t know when you’ve hit a trough

until you’re climbing out.

It’s all good.”

– David Brent


My reflections:

This rule of happiness made me do a lot of thinking, because I wasn’t sure if I agreed with it, at first. But the more I pondered it, I recalled many examples demonstrating the rule, such as my previous difficult marriage compared to my current pleasant one (coming up on our 10th anniversary!), and the pain in my thumb prior to surgery last year compared to lack of pain and greater mobility now.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree with this rule of happiness? Have you experienced “both sides of the coin” and has it made you appreciate the positive side even more?


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  1. Patricia

    It’s very sad that people kind of lose their heads when they win the lottery. In terms of Rule 9 of happines, I think that would be true. True happiness can be found in both times of calm and in times of tribulation. I guess it depends on if you look at the big picture or the small one.
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  2. Maddie

    I love these tips. I should put them to use.

    14 . Jan . 2016
  3. tara pittman

    I think seeing bot sides does help you to appreciate things more. This is a great list to follow.
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    14 . Jan . 2016
  4. Tandy Elisala

    Amen! I love this post. I think seeing both sides of the coin helps us appreciate things more and helps us keep a level head. I know I would certainly know how to invest and spend $1.5 billion:-)
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  5. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    It definitely is helpful if you can see both sides of the coin.

    15 . Jan . 2016
  6. Mardene Carr

    Balance is very under-rated. This is a good one, it is so important for us to learn to appreciate both sides of the coin because our way is not the only way. We might even learn something if we checked out the other side of the coin
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  7. Elizabeth O.

    It’s definitely much better to learn to appreciate everything. To be honest, whatever misfortune you had in the past would let you realize how blessed you are now.

    15 . Jan . 2016
  8. Ana De- Jesus

    I agree that balance is the key to life and I need to learn to balance my life between work and play because at the moment it is work and no play.
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  9. Nicole Escat

    Precisely, balance is important to our lives to keep our lives better and we must appreciate all things that we had now and things that came for us.
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  10. Claudette

    Life and growth in it is about contrasting – appreciating them and growing through them. Unfortunately many are uncomfortable with the contrasts so they go “crazy,” when either extreme happens. Thanks for this reminder.
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  11. Liz Mays

    It makes total sense to me. I think people who aren’t sure if they’re in love or not can kind of use the same type of measurement.
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  12. Victoria

    I can definitely see that happening. When you are not smart about the money you have already, whats going to change over night. Especially with that kind of amount. Sad, but true!
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    15 . Jan . 2016
  13. Shaylee @ Data Nerds

    I believe that. To be honest, I’m not very good with my money and would probably spend it on something silly!
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    15 . Jan . 2016
  14. Alana

    I have a condition which causes me great pain at times – I appreciate the days when I can move without pain so much. I never thought I would take pain free mobility for granted. It has given me a different view on life. I wish the three Powerball winners the best. Seems like the bad stories way outnumber the good, because people just aren’t prepared for a windfall, and for that kind of sudden change in their lives.
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  15. MyTeenGuide

    It’s important that you experience both sides of the coin.
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    17 . Jan . 2016
  16. chanelle

    I think it is beneficial to experience both sides of the coin. During times of lack or pain is when we learn to appreciate the time of plenty and peace. Thanks for sharing these points.

    17 . Jan . 2016
  17. Michelle

    Haven’t experience pain for several years then becoming pain free I truly appreciate happiness and have learnt to enjoy life now because tomorrow may never come!

    17 . Jan . 2016

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