Sunday, February 1, 2009

How to be Miserable

Daily, constantly, we choose by our desires, our thoughts, and our actions whether we want to be blessed or cursed, happy or miserable. ~Ezra Taft Benson

Excellent advice from a blogger:

1. Believe That Things Will Never Change.
Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change. ~Norman Vincent Peale
Tough times never last, but tough people do! ~Robert Schuller

2. Think About Your Problems
Everyone can be discontented if he ignores his blessings and looks only at his burdens. ~Thomas S. Monson

3. Worry About Things You Can't Control
He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over. ~Og Mandino


4. Complain About Your Blessings or compare them against things you have sacrificed.
I complained because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet. ~Sign in a shoe shop


5. Think About Yourself
Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves: the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others. ~Gordon B. Hinckley


6. Put Yourself Down (and/or Compare Yourself To Others "Better Off")
Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win... ~William Shakespeare


7. Hold Onto Grudges, Don't forgive, Don't give people chances to change
There is no peace in the nursing of a grudge. There is no happiness in living for the day when you can "get even." ~Gordon B. Hinckley


8. Put Deadlines On Your Happiness (i.e. "I won't be happy until __ happens.")
Happiness is a decision, not a destination. It's an attitude, not an event! ~John Bytheway


9. Always Want More
Remember that in the end, surely God will be looking only for clean hands, not full ones. ~Jeffrey R. Holland


10. Postpone Prayer
Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. ~ Matthew 7:7


11. Recycle Regrets
The past is behind; learn from it. The future is ahead; prepare for it. The present is here; live in it! ~Thomas S. Monson

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