Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

10 Steps to Living A Contented Life


I am re-reading the book, “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude” for the umpteenth time. Every time I read it, I learn something new, or am reminded of something new.

This morning I was reading the chapter on Happiness and it gave Napoleon Hill’s 10 Steps to Living a Contended Life. He wrote “The richest man in all the world lives in Happy Valley. He is rich in values that endure, in things he cannot lose – things that provide him with contentment, sound health, peace of mind and harmony within his soul.” He then went on to name the 10 steps and they are:

1. Find happiness by helping others to find it.

2. Find sound health by living temperately and eating only the food your body requires to maintain itself.

3. Hate no man, envy no man, but love and respect all mankind.

4. Engage in a labor of love with which you mix play generously; this way you will seldom grow tired.

5. Pray daily – not for more riches, but for more wisdom with which to recognize, embrace and enjoy the great abundance of riches you already possess.

6. Speak no name save only to honor it. Slander no man for any cause whatsoever.

7. Ask no favors of anyone except the privilege of sharing your blessings with all who desire them.

8. Be on good terms with your conscience and allow it to guide you accurately in everything you do.

9. Stay free from greed and covet only those things you can use constructively while I live. Wealth comes from those whom you benefit by sharing your blessings.

10. The Estate of Happy Valley is not taxable. It exists only in your own mind, in intangible riches that cannot be assessed for taxation or appropriated except by those who adopt this way of life.

He goes on to say that he created this “estate” over a lifetime of effort by observiing nature’s laws and forming habits to conform with them.

There are no copyrights on the Happy Valley man’s success creed. If you will adopt it, these steps can bring you wisdom, peace and contentment.

I think these are wonderful suggestions for living a contended life! How about you?

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