Pope Francis’ 10 Commandments for leading a peaceful, happy life
to convert people; save nature; stop forcing your opinion on others; switch off
the television...” These are some of the main instructions in Pope Francis’s 10
tips for a life full of peace and happiness. In the light of his experience,
the Pope made these frank observations in the Argentine weekly Viva. The Pope
is giving a panacea to the world, knowing the meaning of life in the modern
Watching TV while eating will prevent communication
among family members. Switch off the television and eat food in peace. People
can be happy by just not trying to impose their opinion on others. This is
applicable to religions too. The church grows by attracting people and not
through conversion, quotes the Catholic News Service, which translated the
interview of the Pope.
These are the Pope’s 10 tips for a happy life: Live
and let live. Everyone should put this principle into practice.
Be generous and open to others. Those who withdraw
into himself will become selfish. Like stagnant water turning dirty, a tied up
mind will become impure.
Lead a calm life. The Pope says this pointing to Don
Segundo Sombra, a character in the Argentine novel of Ricardo Guiraldes, which
he had taught when he was a literature teacher in a school.
Find healthy ways of leisure. A consumerist mentality
has given us anxiety. Parents should find time to play with children and share
Sunday is for the family. That day, workers should
have holiday with salary.
Find new and creative ways to give dignified jobs to
the youth. Deal well with the youth. If better opportunities are not available,
they might turn to drugs and end their life itself.
Respect nature and save it. Environmental degradation
is one of the biggest challenges. By severely and indiscriminately exploiting
nature, humanity is adopting a suicidal stand.
Stop the negative approach. Speaking negatively about
others shows our lack of self-esteem. Instead of lifting ourselves with
positive talk, bad and negative talk is like cutting others down. Avoiding
negative things will provide health.
Do not insist on religious conversion. Respect others’
beliefs. When we communicate with others through our own life, they will also
grow with us. The worst of all is religious conversion. That will paralyse us.
Talking to a person to convert him is equal to not respecting his belief. That
Work for peace. We are living in an era of wars. The
call for peace must be trumpeted. Peace is not silent, it is dynamic.