At Catholic News Service, Carol Glatz writes about an interview of Pope Francis in which he relates his top ten secrets to happiness. It is a very powerful and spiritual list that is something that all of us can consider. It also may provide a useful tool for leading many of the day to day aspects of your church, including staff and small group meetings and other events.
Following are a few of his top then secrets to happiness, along with some brief commentary from the Pope.
- “Live and let live.” Per Pope Francis, another way of saying this is “Move forward and let others do the same.”
- “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric.”
- “A healthy sense of leisure.” The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said.
- “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope used an image from a character in an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes. “He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool of water.” He said he likes this latter image of a pool of water — to have “the ability to move with kindness and humility, a calmness in life.”
- “Sundays should be holidays.” Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.
- “Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. We need to be creative with young people.”
- “Respect and take care of nature.”
- “Stop being negative. Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem.“
- “Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs.”
- “Work for peace.” Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always “proactive and dynamic.”