How to be really happy

by Rod Smith
  1. Work really hard for eight to ten hours a day, five or six days a week, even if you don’t have to.
  2. Consistently, for years and years and years, spend less money than you earn.
  3. Be accountable (answerable) to the same small group of friends for years and years and years.
  4. Honor your parents no matter how young or old you are.
  5. Give time and money to a cause you love.
  6. Take full responsibility for your life, actions, and attitudes.
  7. Blame no one for anything.
  8. Accept that your most intimate and loving relationship will also sometimes drive you crazy.
  9. Stay out of control without hurting anyone or breaking the law.
  10. Strive for simplicity, clarity, and transparency in all your dealings.
  11. Work as hard at loving your enemies as your enemies work at trying to hurt or destroy you.
  12. Talk to your siblings as often as possible.

4 Comments to “How to be really happy”

  1. Mr. Smith,

    I’ve only just recently found your website and daily short columns. Thank you so much for being out there and sharing these thoughts. I can’t put into words how strongly I feel about the words I read–very much like you’re reading my mind and that finally, finally someone gets it.
    Thanks again–

    Sara Livingston

  2. This is so good, so true – I’m posting it on FB when I figure out how to do that. I subscribe to your daily postings. Thank you.

  3. True- let me add a couple more- work hard (at something that is fulfilling to you)
    Exercise regularly and eat healthy
    Stay connected to God and pray throughout your day

    speak to you soon

  4. The best advice is often simple. Thank you Rod.

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