The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On

In a recent interview with the Argentine publication Viva, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life experiences.

The Pope encouraged people to be more positive and generous, to turn off the TV and find healthier forms of leisure, and even to stop trying to convert people to one’s own religion.

But his number one piece of advice came in the form of a somewhat cliche Italian phrase that means, “move forward and let others do the same.” It’s basically the Italian equivalent of, “live and let live.” You can check out the full list below.

The Pope gives a thumbs up to an audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (Photo: CSV)

The Pope’s 10 Tips for a Happier Life

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn off the TV when they sit down to eat.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” 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. Stop being negative. “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,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9. Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs. “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,” the Pope said.

10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

Courtesy of the Catholic News Service.

176 thoughts on “The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On”

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  2. I have no religious connection per se but his tips on how to live a happier life were spot on. These make a good human being.

    1. And Jesus said:
      John 8:23
      And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

    2. Matthew 24:14

      And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

      This verse says Preached…or “mouthing off” as you have written it.

      John 18

      36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

      37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

      This one says Jesus bears witness with his voice. Again “mouthing off” as you put it. Do you know after what event Jesus was taken and delivered up to Pilate? It was after he spoke against the sin in the temple and chased them out with the whip he made. That is not a demonstration of “live and let live”. It was a non tolerance of sin, especially within the Holy Temple dedicated to God.

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      1. This comment was in response to another comment below by Invictus PX. I reposed it in it’s correct place.

      2. I can read the Bible thanks. I don’t need it quoted in Toto for me. Again, as the Pope says, Jesus does an ACTION here. He gained followers more for His Actions than His Words, like Dying for us! As an example. There is more than one way to preach. If the disciples had not walked their talk, they would have gained no followers. ACTIONS convert people. And this is preaching too.

  3. So the Pope overrules Jesus Christ, eh? Jesus commanded his disciples to go preach. All first century Christians were active evangelizers. But the Pope knows better than Christ, so he thinks…

    1. The main way the first Christians evangelized was how they lived AND DIED (as martyrs) not by mouthing off. The pope is saying same

      1. Matthew 24:14

        And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

        This verse says Preached…or “mouthing off” as you have written it.

        John 18

        36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

        37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

        This one says Jesus bears witness with his voice. Again “mouthing off” as you put it. Do you know after what event Jesus was taken and delivered up to Pilate? It was after he spoke against the sin in the temple and chased them out with the whip he made. That is not a demonstration of “live and let live”. It was a non tolerance of sin, especially within the Holy Temple dedicated to God.

    2. Luke 9:52-56: “…they did not receive him…And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.”

  4. Rather than saying these ten tips are not religion, let’s say that they are religion. That this what religion is all about, different paths to the sacred self found in our human communities.

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