Do It Yourself Misery

“Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.” Proverbs 12:20

Some people just can’t figure out why life has dealt them such a miserable hand. They see others around them enjoying life, and that only adds to their misery. They’re convinced their horrible lot in this world is a plot by others to keep them down. In truth, misery is always self concocted. Here’s a sure fire recipe for misery printed in The Gospel Herald:

Think about yourself.
Talk about yourself.
Use “I” as often as possible.
Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others.
Listen Greedily to what people say about you.
Be suspicious.
Expect to be appreciated.
Be jealous and envious.
Be sensitive to slights.
Never forgive a criticism.
Trust nobody but yourself.
Insist on consideration and the proper respect.
Demand agreement with your own views on everything.
Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them.
Never forget a service you may have rendered.
Be on the lookout for a good time for yourself.
Shirk your duties if you can.
Do as little as possible for others.
Love yourself supremely.
Be selfish.

This recipe is guaranteed to work. In fact, you don’t even need all the ingredients to achieve total misery. On the other hand, if misery’s not your idea of a good time, do just the opposite. You’ll have a hard time feeling even a little blue!


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