12 Simple Rules for a Happy Life

I have a group of friends and every year we exchange our New Year's resolutions with each other. This year I didn't make any but this one (by my friend, Hollis) made so much sense that I decided to adopt it and share it with my friends at the Medha Journal!!

1) Act from love.

  • Be kind, accepting, tolerant, patient — and that includes acting that way toward yourself!
  • Be mindful of the divine flow.

2) Be careful what you do and what you think. You are responsible for your actions and therefore for your consequences.

  • Actions have consequences.
  • Thoughts are actions in energy form.
  • Appreciate what you have, because what you focus on, expands.

3) Live your truth/higher perception to the best of your ability.

  • Be who you are, not who you think you are supposed to be. The world doesn’t need another pale imitation of some commercial ideal; it needs real people, being who they are, and bringing their unique gifts and point of view to heal the problems we have.
  • Listen to your own higher wisdom. We all have access, even if we’ve been taught not to use it because it’s been too much of a threat to the power structure.
  • Tell the truth, whenever possible (you may not know it, or it may conflict with another of these rules, in which case, see #12). Remember, spoken and written words are actions.

4) Respect others.

  • Part I: The Platinum Rule: Treat people as they wish to be treated.
  • Part II: In the absence of the Platinum Rule (that is, when you don’t know how someone else would like to be treated), use the Golden Rule: treat others how you wish to be treated.

5) Respect nature.

  • This includes your own body (eat food, not chemicals).
  • Use as few resources as you need to to do the job properly and comfortably.
  • Turn down the thermostat (or turn it up in the summer — or better yet, open the windows and let nature in!).
  • Turn off the lights you don’t need.
  • Walk (you’ll get to know your neighbors and neighborhood) for your errands (it’s great exercise, too!).
  • Recycle.
  • Share: borrow and return in good condition (neighbors and friends are a great resource) and be willing to lend, too. This builds community.
  • Buy used or recycled, or better yet, ask if you really need something before you buy it.
  • Don't print if you don't have to, and if you have to print, use both sides of your paper.
  • Take your name off the mailing lists (so the paper isn’t wasted).
  • Don’t drive if you don’t have to (carpool! Or take public transit — you might meet someone interesting).
  • Grow what food you can — it’ll taste good, and feel good, too.
  • You get the idea.

6) Respect limits, including the ones you reasonably set, and expect others to as well.

  • It’s okay to know your limits and to be clear in stating them.
  • ‘No’ means ‘no’, whether someone else is saying it, or you are.
  • Get 7 hours of sleep a night (research shows it makes a big difference in your quality of life).
  • If someone isn't respecting your limits, you have a right, or maybe even a responsibility, to teach them to respect your limits, or to ask them to leave, or to get away from them.

7) Honor your agreements. You can keep an agreement as is, or you can renegotiate it, but don’t change an agreement unilaterally (which includes not telling the other person for any reason, aka ‘flaking out’.)

8) If it feels good, and it doesn’t harm anyone or anything else, do more of it. This is the Universe (aka God) speaking to you through your desires.

9) Be clear about what you want — it’s probably the only way to get it. Remember, thoughts are actions in energy form.

10) You will never know everything (nor will anyone else), so stay humble.

11) Don't take yourself too seriously ~ remember, deepest within you is joy and delight.

12) When in doubt, see rule #1.

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