March 19, 2013

David O. McKay's Rules for Happiness

Today I want to share something my dad sent me years ago when I was in college.  He made it into a little card that I carried with me for years and I really took it to heart.  As I incorporate this into my homeschool I pray that my children will take it to heart too.  

Ten Rules for Happiness
by President David O. McKay

from Home Memories of President David O. McKay,
Compiled and written by his second son, Llewelyn R. McKay.
Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, Utah 1956

1. Develop yourself by self-discipline.

2. Joy comes through creation - sorrow through destruction. Every living thing can grow;
use the world wisely to realize soul growth.

3. Do things which are hard to do.

4. Entertain upbuilding thoughts. What you think about when you do not have to think
shows what you really are.

5. Do your best this hour, and you will do better the next.

6. Be true to those who trust you.

7. Pray for wisdom, courage, and a kind heart.

8. Give heed to God’s messages through inspiration. If self-indulgence, jealousy, avarice,
or worry have deadened your responses, pray to the Lord to wipe out these impediments.

9. True friends enrich life. If you would have friends, be one.

10. Faith is the foundation of all things, including happiness.

My favorite has always been number two because I've always been a creative person.  Which one resonates most with you?  How could you teach it to your children? 

Sarah (Birrd), her husband (Badger), and their six children (Bean, Fish, Roo, Rabbit, Peanut, and Junior) are just recovering from a difficult move to yet another state (their sixth!)  They are excited to be back in the mountains of the western United States and hope to take up snowshoeing soon.  You can take a peek at their life on Sarah's personal blog

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Andrea said...

That self-indulgence one is a kick in the pants. So easy to justify watching a show at the end of a long day with kids instead of doing something with more value. Sigh.

Birrd said...

I don't think he's saying self-indulgence is always bad, just if it's getting in the way of you hearing the Spirit in your life.