More than 100 years ago, author Robert Louis Stevenson offered the following tips for maintaining a positive attitude. They still apply today.
· Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
· Make the best of your circumstances. Everyone has problems. The trick is to make laughter outweigh the tears.
· Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortunes that befall others.
· You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you.
· Don’t let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.
· Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.
· Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary burdens are harder to bear than the actual ones.
· Hate poisons the soul, so don’t carry grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
· Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about new places.
· Don’t hold post-mortems. Don’t spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes.
· Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
· Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.