In an interview with the Argentine weekly Viva, Pope Francis, who has become popular as the people’s Pope, has unveiled 10 new commandments for happiness.
1. Live and let live…move forward and let others do the same.
2. Be giving of yourself to others…if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”
3. Proceed calmly.
4. Switch off TV when you eat and spend time with your children. “Even though television is useful for keeping up with the news, having it on during mealtime doesn’t let you communicate with each other.’’
5. Sunday is for family.
6. Be creative with young people…if they have no opportunities they will get into drugs.
7. Respect Mother Nature. The Pope asks, “Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?”
8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”
9. Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising.’’
10. Promote peace and shout for it. “Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive.’’