I am now reading a book titled “How to stop worrying and start living” by Dale Carnegie. I am a great fun of his books; they are full of interesting insights and advises on how to lead a happy life (just do an online research and you will find plenty of his work; everything really worth reading).
I have just finished reading the first chapter of the section four, literally. This part of the book presents ways of cultivating a mental attitude that brings peace and happiness. Chapter one’s main lead is the famous RW Emerson saying: “A man is what he thinks about all day long”. So if you are worrying all day long, that what your life is going to give you. But, on the other hand, you concentrate on how to create a happy, fulfilling life – that will be your reward
“Just for today” is a cheerful and constructive thinking program presented at the end – it is there to help you fight for your happiness. This program was written by Sibyl F.Partridge and if you follow it, it will help you to eliminate most worries from your life and help to bring joy and happiness (that is the promise in the book)
So i am going to transcript it here, as it is stated in the book.
JUST FOR TODAY
- Just for today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be”. Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals.
- Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.
- Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.
- Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
- Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise.
- Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.
- Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.
- Just for today I will have a program. I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.
- Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax. In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life. Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.
I am going to try this program tomorrow, as soon as I wake up in from morning.
How about you?
To your happiness…