Seven Ways to Cultivate a Mental Attitude
That Will Bring You Peace and Happiness
Dale Carnegie

  

Rule 1:  Let's fill our minds with thoughts of peace, courage, health, and hope, for "our life is what our thoughts make it."

Rule 2:  Let's never try to get even with our enemies, because if we do we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them.  Let's do as General Eisenhower does:  let's never waste a minute thinking about people we don't like.

Rule 3:
A.  Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let's expect it.  Let's remember that Jesus healed ten lepers in one day--and only one thanked him.  Why should we expect more gratitude than Jesus got?
B.  Let's remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude--but to give for the joy of giving.
C.  Let's remember that gratitude is a "cultivated" trait; so if we want our children to be grateful, we must train them to be grateful.

Rule 4:  Count your blessings--not your troubles!

Rule 5:  Let's not imitate others.  Let's find ourselves and be ourselves, for "envy is ignorance" and "imitation is suicide."

Rule 6:  When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade.

Rule 7:  Let's forget our own unhappiness--by trying to create a little happiness for others.  "When you are good to others, you are best to yourself."

  
    


 
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