How To Be Happy

12 RULES TO LIVE BY Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


  • Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
  • Make the best of our circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.
  • 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.
  • Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
  • Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, enmity, 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 time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don’t be one who never gets over things.
  • Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
  • Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.

The Song On The Sunny Side

Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life

Words by Ada Blenkhorn | Music by J. Howard Entwisle | Copyright 1899


The song, Keep on the sunny side of life


“Early in Ada Blenkhorn’s life, she was given the task of caring for an invalid nephew who always wanted his wheel chair to be pushed ‘down the sunny side of the street.’ His constant repetition of this phrase inspired her to write the gospel Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life. [1899]” – Phil Kerr


“We learned this song from A.P.’s uncle, Laish Carter, who was a music teacher. We recorded it in 1928 in Camden, New Jersey. After we recorded it and started singing it on radio, we used it as our theme song. A. P. has a gold record of this song on his tombstone.” – Mother Maybelle Carter, of the original Carter family.