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Daily Dozen Values by Robert Louis Stevenson

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It is amazing to me every time I read a quote or a passage from someone who lived 50, 100 or 150 years ago and am still able to apply it to the present day.  This one is certainly no different.

Robert Louis Stevenson (“Treasure Island”) wrote this in 1875, almost 140 years ago. He called it the “Daily Dozen Values”…

1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.

3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortunes that befall others.

4. You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you.

5. Don’t let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.

6. Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.

7. Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than the actual ones.

8. Hate poisons the soul. Do not cherish enmities and grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.

9. Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about new places.

10. Don’t hold postmortems. Don’t spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes. Don’t be one who never gets over things.

11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

12. Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.