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Oct 10, 2018

8 Lessons To Achieve True Happiness From Lao Tzu

The founder of Taoism and ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tzu, has said that happiness is the key to unlocking one’s inner strength and achieve well-being. Lao-Tzu believed that if a man fails to uncover the happiness in life and cherish it he will never stop struggling in life. For him, one must always follow the 8 main rules of happiness if one wants to be truly happy.
If you want to achieve eternal bliss and discover true happiness in life, here are the 8 rules of Lao Tzu that promise to help you do just that:

Follow your heart

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”
Learn to listen to your heart. It holds the answers to your questions. Follow its voice. Never cast aside the answer it gives you in favor of fantastical outcomes, for it rarely becomes a reality. When you learn to listen to your heart, you overcome every challenge that may come your way.

Enjoy the journey

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
Never fixate on your destination because it doesn’t matter where you’re headed, all that matters is how you get there and all the lessons you learn along the way. If you learn how to enjoy your journey, you’ll manage to enjoy the whole experience not just travel to get to your destination.

Lead a simple life, be patient and compassionate

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
Try to live a simple life. When you look at it deeply, you find it’s a straightforward reality. Complexity yields anger and frustration. Simplicity leads you to what matters most.
Be patient in all your undertakings. Impatience distorts your inner peace.
Have compassion for others. Every good thing you do for them will come back to you ten folds.
If you live simply, patiently, ad compassionately, happiness will manifest itself to you.

Don’t let your tongue be faster than your mind

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
There’s an old saying about the people who keep silent, their silence often speaks louder than their words. This couldn’t be truer, as many times it’s better to not say nothing if you’ve got nothing good to say. There’s a certain power to silence, learn how to harness it and use it to your advantage.

Don’t be haste in your actions

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
Don’t grab the opportunity for a dramatic change. Wait. Listen. Settle. Take the appropriate action when things get clear. Learn to stick through the hurdles. It may be that holding on is the best action to take.

Don’t expect anything in return

“Act without expectation.”
If you need to do something for someone, don’t do it because you want something in return. Never act with expectations. If you do something good just for the praises, it’s better if you don’t do it at all. The greatest act of kindness is to do good without expecting anything at all in return. These kind acts will make you truly happy.

Bring joy into your life

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
When your soul is joyful, you emit frequencies that can make the universe sings with you. You create music that reaches the ears of the stars. Everyone around you will benefit from your joyful soul. It may even be possible that the music your heart creates could heal anyone from their sufferings.

Be nice to people, even the rude ones

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”
There are situations when we believe someone hasn’t treated us the way we deserve. But the truth is that people are rude and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not about you it’s about them. And instead of responding to rudeness with rudeness, respond with niceness. Maybe if you’re nice to them they will be reminded what it feels like to be a nice person and they’ll change themselves as well. Rise above the average person and be better.


Take into heart these eight ways and incorporate them into your daily life. Lao-Tzu spent his entire life unraveling the mysteries of life. These ways were critical to him in a person’s well-being. If followed rightly, your life would be filled with everlasting happiness.

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