Pope’s Top 10 Secrets to Happiness
Did you know Pope Francis worked as a night club bouncer before he began his seminary studies? He also worked as a a janitor sweeping floors, and once upon a time, he ran tests in a chemical laboratory. I'm sure he's much happier being the Pope, yes?
In a new interview with Catholic News Service, Pope Francis revealed his top 10 secrets to happiness. Check 'em out . . .
1. Live and let live.
2. Be generous and giving. He says if you withdraw into yourself, you can become egocentric. And also, quote, "stagnant water becomes putrid."
3. Proceed calmly. He talked about a novel where a character says that as a kid, he was like a rushing river full of rocks. But as an old man he's like a slow-moving pool of water. The Pope thinks we should be like the pool.
4. Have a healthy sense of leisure. Focus on simple things like enjoying art and playing with children.
5. Make Sunday a holiday. He says Sunday is for families, so workers should have the day off. Also, it's one of the Ten Commandments.
6. Create dignified work for young people. Without opportunities, they get into trouble.
7. Respect nature.
8. Don't be negative.
9. Don't try to convert people. He says it's fine to inspire people by example, but you have to respect their beliefs. If you're talking to someone to persuade them, there's no real communication going on.
10. Work for peace.