The founder of Taoism and ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tzu, has said that happiness is the key to unlocking one’s inner strength and achieve well-being. Lao-Tzu believed that if a man fails to uncover the happiness in life and cherish it he will never stop struggling in life. For him, one must always follow the 8 main rules of happiness if one wants to be truly happy.
If you want to achieve eternal bliss and discover true happiness in life, here are the 8 rules of Lao Tzu that promise to help you do just that:
Follow your heart
You need to learn how to listen to your heart and all your questions will be answered. Follow your heart and trust it will always lead you on the right path. Don’t disregard its answers just because you believe you know better, it never turns out the way you’ve planned it. Once you learn how to follow your heart, nothing will stop you on your path to happiness.
Enjoy the journey
Never fixate on your destination because it doesn’t matter where you’re headed, all that matters is how you get there and all the lessons you learn along the way. If you learn how to enjoy your journey, you’ll manage to enjoy the whole experience not just travel to get to your destination.
Lead a simple life, be patient and compassionate
The three pillars in life, simplicity, patience and compassion. Learn how to lead a simple, humble life and pay attention to the things that matter the most. Don’t get upset over the little things and you’ll be much happier.
Have patience and compassion for others, everything good you do for another person will not be forgotten.
Don’t let your tongue be faster than your mind
There’s an old saying about the people who keep silent, their silence often speaks louder than their words. This couldn’t be truer, as many times it’s better to not say nothing if you’ve got nothing good to say. There’s a certain power to silence, learn how to harness it and use it to your advantage.
Don’t be haste in your actions
Always think twice before jumping and never act in haste. Wait for a bit, listen and let the dust settle. Let your mind clear up and then think about your actions. Once your head is clear and your mind sharp decide on what to do. You may be surprised by what you decide.
Don’t expect anything in return
If you need to do something for someone, don’t do it because you want something in return. Never act with expectations. If you do something good just for the praises, it’s better if you don’t do it at all. The greatest act of kindness is to do good without expecting anything at all in return. These kind acts will make you truly happy.
Bring joy into your life
If you have joy in your life, if your soul is joyful, you’ll radiate with happiness. Everyone around you will be able to see it in your eyes, hear it in your voice and simply feel it in your actions. And you can transfer these joy to the people around you and heal their sufferings as well, which will make you even happier.
Be nice to people, even the rude ones
There are situations when we believe someone hasn’t treated us the way we deserve. But the truth is that people are rude and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not about you it’s about them. And instead of responding to rudeness with rudeness, respond with niceness. Maybe if you’re nice to them they will be reminded what it feels like to be a nice person and they’ll change themselves as well. Rise above the average person and be better.