Pope Francis issues his top 10 tips for happiness
'Turn off the TV, calm down and stop trying to convert people to your religion'
Thursday 31 July 2014
10 pieces of advice were issued by Pope Francis this week as part of his recipe for a happy, more fulfilled life.
Speaking in a very frank interview published in the Argentine weekly Viva, the Pope drew on his personal experiences to come up with his own lifestyle guide with a humble, anti-consumerist twist.
The highlights include a call to families to “turn off the TV when they sit down to eat because, even though television is useful for keeping up with the news, having it on during mealtime doesn't let you communicate with each other”, according to a Catholic News Service translation of the interview.
And Francis said people will also be much happier when they stop trying too hard to bring others round to their way of thinking – including on religion. He said the church grows “by attraction, not proselytising”, and added that the best way to get through to anyone was with “dialogue, starting with his or her own identity”.
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