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Ten steps to happiness from Pope Francis

Pope Francis believes it is important that people don’t try to convert others to their religion.

The unexpected opinion from the Pontiff was part of his 10 steps to happiness which he says will help people lead a more fulfilled life.

He gave his advice in an interview with ‘Viva’ – a magazine in his native Argentina.

Pope Francis - Put a smile on your face. The Pope reveals his 10 steps to happiness and fulfilment. Photo copyright Casa Rosada cc2

Here are the Pope’s ten steps to happiness:

1 – Live and let live – is the English expression. The Pope used the equivalent Italian expression which roughly translates to: “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2 – Be giving of yourself to others – Being generous is important to your own wellbeing as well as that of others. The Pope said: “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3 – Be kind, humble, and calm – the Pope used gaucho Don Segundo Sombra, a character from an Argentine novel, as an example.

4 – Have a healthy sense of leisure – This includes taking time to enjoy life and turning the TV off during meal times with family. The Pope said: “consumerism has brought us anxiety”.

5 Spend Sundays with family– We shouldn’t work on Sunday as it should be kept free for family, according to Pope Francis.

6 – Find dignified work for young people – It will benefit society as a whole if young people are happy. The Pope said: “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs.” He added that they would also be more vulnerable to suicide.

7 – Care for and respect nature – The Pope sees the destruction of our planet as a great challenge to our happiness. He said: “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”

8 – Let go of the negative – Pope Francis says people would be happier if they stop looking for faults in others. He said: “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down.’ Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

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9 – Respect the beliefs of others – We shouldn’t talk to others if our only motivation is to convert them to our own religion. The Pope said: “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising.”

10 – Promote peace – The Pope said: “We are living in a time of many wars. The call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive.”

5 thoughts on “Ten steps to happiness from Pope Francis

  1. Raymond McAteer

    I personally adhere to these basic precepts of living and Living With God and living with His Children here on this beautiful planet, the cradle of Humanity, being a Good Steward of the Earth and acting accordingly and humanely and civilly towards those who differ from us. We are all one Human Family. Pope Francis, bless you and God bless us all.

    20/05/2016 at 6:53 am
  2. Robin Lee

    Amen Katherine Young! Jesus welcomes all to his Table..

    05/10/2015 at 2:20 am
  3. Eileen Foley

    I agree with Kathleen. I don’t stop. I don’t care if people who know me in church look at me. Until God himself tells me I shouldn’t go-I’m going. Although I was at a funeral mass and the priest stated “if for any reason you cannot get communion or do not wish to take communion, please come up to the alter and put your hands across your chest for a blessing.” I thought that was very considerate for the people who may not be catholic.

    29/09/2015 at 12:22 am
  4. Kathleen Young

    I HAVE NEVER STOPPED RECEIVING COMMUNION – You answer to God. Jesus welcomed all to his table. I am welcome to his table, as are you.

    28/09/2015 at 12:10 am
  5. Maria Kelly

    I have to work Sundays to pay the bills was married and had six kids to my husband as I promised god my vows now the church won’t let me receive Holy communion because my husband had no respect for our marriage so now I’ll bring up my kids but won’t go to church anymore it’s a mans would he dosnt provide for his kids but still receives hypochrte

    24/09/2015 at 7:29 pm

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