9 Rules for Living a Good Life

9 Rules for Living a Good Life

Happiness isn’t just having fun all the time.

Happiness isn’t just feeling good; it’s also doing good.

There are many definitions of “happiness” but one of the best ones is … living a “good” life. And here’s how you can…

via Psychology Today by F Diane Barth

“I’m not religious,” Lena* said to me at the beginning of her therapy session. “I’m not going to start taking my children to church or to Sunday school. But I’m not sure how to teach them about values – the kinds of values I feel like I learned in Sunday school when I was a kid.”

She was the fourth client last week who brought up this question. article continues after advertisement

Tony*, whose children are teens, put it this way. “They see and hear and read about so much that isn’t part of my belief system. I feel like my wife and I are always correcting what they get from the internet or from movies – or even from their friends and in school. How do we teach them what we believe about living a good life with the right values?”

I was thinking about this question when I read of the death of Jim Lehrer, the journalist I first knew of as one half of the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, later called the NewsHour, on PBS (Public Broadcasting System). His newscasts had been an important part of my young adult life, in part because I admired his way of looking at and presenting what was going on in the world to the rest of us.   

And this week, in one of the articles where he was remembered,  I learned that Lehrer had “9 Rules for Reporters,” which solidified my admiration for the man – and provided me with a list to share with my clients struggling to teach their children about values. 

I was struck by how many of his rules also apply to my work as a psychotherapist, both in terms of what I try to teach new therapists as they enter this profession, and also what I hope that clients will take away from our work together. article continues after advertisement

In essence, I think we could also call these Lehrer’s 9 Rules For Living a Good Life. 

I share those rules, quoted directly from the article by Anne Azzi Davenport and Jeffrey Brown, here, with some of my thoughts about how they might help you think about your own values — and teach them to your children…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE