Lao-Tzu’s 10 Ways to Find Happiness


Lao-Tzu also known as Laozi was an ancient Chinese philosopher, and the author of the book Tao Te Ching, which is the base of the religion Taoism. Laozi is an inspirational figure for many people; even his works influence Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism also.

Here are his top 10 lessons on finding happiness in your life

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. ― Lao Tzu

Any fool can rule others, but it takes courage and mental power to rule your own heart. Have you ever considered about the truth, why history never remembers those who ruled others, even while they were very strong and had an immense impact on mankind, in the same way, while you think of happiness why you run for those souls who ruled themselves instead of ruling others?

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures. ― Lao Tzu

Life is never complex; it is as simple as it should be nonetheless it is always us who made unnecessary changes to it for our so-called greater benefits, but generally which grow to be our greatest regrets later. Holding to waves of anger, showing impatience and running out of the compassion become a part of our life now. Simplicity is way behind us, we never dream of it.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ― Lao Tzu

Will it be possible to make a plan for life? No in no way, as it is impossible to make a plan for something that is unpredictable, that you cannot see or watch, future is uncertain for us, so why should we plan for such thing in the first stage. Living in the present is better than to plan for it and slap by the life.

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ― Lao Tzu

When life seems too hard to us it is possible because we stopped to listen to our heart, we run miles away from it. We are living in a fantasy world where everything is imaginary, where the reality seems to be a painful experience for us. Life’s toughest lessons are solved by those who start to listen to their heart and soul.

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” ― Lao Tzu

Silence is the source of happiness. Silence can deal with the bad. While it would seem to be tough, while you find no way to deal with it, while life seems to exam you, open your heart and be wise grape the hand of silence, run like a wind speed and fragrance like a flower.

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” ― Lao Tzu

Life was never easy, since the existence of it. Life is a test of our will, life is the source where we grape the power to deal with uncertainties.  It is easy for a person to give up, but it is them who survive the battle of life who create space for them in this chaotic world. And still able to leave a legacy behind them for which the world misses them.

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”  ― Lao Tzu

Whom we love we never wish to hurt them, as they are the reason we feel alive. But often a time come when something bad happens to us and everything falls apart and we started making mistakes, we fall into the trap of anger and dominance. We forget to hold for a while, this is the time when we need to embrace and let the mud go from us.

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” ― Lao Tzu

What would be the most fearful thing a person can ever experience? It would be to live a life where there is no music, music that is the passion of life. A life that is passionless no way going to be a happy one. Happy is he who listens to his music and lived by his rhythms. His life becomes a movie, which he watches from so far, and dance like nothing is affecting anymore.

“Act without expectation.” ― Lao Tzu

Serve others and don’t wish to be praised for, nor do work for appreciations. Praise and appreciation come automatically, you don’t need to seek them. The Holy act of work, which is done for the well-being of the human kind or for greater benefits for your loved ones shows through your work and your actions.

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment” ― Lao Tzu

Where from the most conflict arrives? It arrives from quarrels and debates when we lose patience and say some words that are illogical in nature, but to defend us and our prestige we still fight for it until we lose them. Live with mindfulness where unexpected response doesn’t affect your inner peace anymore.

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