Ten Commandments for a Happy Congregation

  1. Speak to people. Speak to everyone, especially to those you do not know. There is nothing quite so nice as a cheerful word of greeting.
  2. Smile at people. It takes far more muscles to frown than to smile. Your smile is one of your finest assets. Use it! It does not cost a thing!
  3. Call people by name. The sweetest music to any person’s ears is the sound of his or her own name. If you do not know the person’s name, introduce yourself and likely the person will respond with his or her name.
  4. Be friendly and helpful. If you want friends, learn to be a friend. Everyone needs them. No one has too many.
  5. Be cordial. Try to speak and act as if everything you do is a genuine pleasure.
  6. Be genuinely interested in people. Try to like everybody and everybody will like you. Do not limit yourself to a few friends when there are so many likable people around you.
  7. Be generous with praise and just as sparing with criticism.
  8. Be considerate of the feelings of others. Usually, there are three sides to a controversy: yours, the other person’s, and the right one. Try to see them all.
  9. Be alert to give service. What we do for others counts most in life. Try giving yourself away. It is fun and fulfilling!
  10. Develop a sense of humor. To this good sense of humor, add a generous dose of patience and a dash of humility. Then get ready to receive many blessings. They’re sure to come!

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