The Encourager

9 Promises That Can Bring Happiness

These 9 Promises for Happiness, from legendary basketball coach John Wooden, are goals for us to live by for greater joy in our lives.

1.  Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible. 

2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special and that you value. 

3. Promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best in yourself and others.

4. Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

5. Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

6. Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements in the future.

7. Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile.

8. Promise to give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

9. Promise to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit trouble to press on you.

This was taken from the book "Wooden", by John my estimation the greatest coach that ever lived.   I thought it appropriate that I should share it with you today.

May the Lord richly bless you and yours is my prayer.

Dwaine E. Lee



This post is from The Encourager, a series of over 100 emails from Global Action's founder, Dwaine Lee, originally sent between 2005-2010. We believe the words of encouragement are still relevant today. The email above was first sent in September 2005. 

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