Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Don't Demand Perfection

In chapter 9 of the famous book of Jewish self-improvement, Orchos Tzadikim (15th century), we find the following formula for happiness:
"If a person obtains all that he desires and nothing causing him sadness befalls him, he will constantly be happy. His face will shine, he will be physically healthy, and he will age slowly."

How can we reach this Utopian state? First, refrain from desiring what is beyond your reach. The simpler your desires, the greater the chance you will be able to meet their requirements. Anything extra you obtain beyond these demands will give you increased happiness, so you have nothing to lose and much to gain by lowering your demands and expectations. This does not rule out striving for realistic goals, only that you give up your DEMANDS for things that you may not be able to obtain.

Secondly, do not allow common day-to-day occurrences to cause you sadness. (e.g. traffic, burnt toast, etc.) Master a perspective of life that will enable you to at least accept minor hardships without becoming sad.

Speaking of a smile here are some rules on smiles:

          A smile costs nothing ... but gives much.  It enriches those who receive it without making poorer those who give it.  It takes but a moment.  However, the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it.  And none is so poor the he can't be made rich by it.

          A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business... and is the countersign of friendship.  It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad.  It is Nature's best antidote for trouble.

          A smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen.  It is something of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours.  None needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

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