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The 5 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The First Agreement – BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD

Speak with integrity and say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

The Second Agreement – DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

The Third Agreement – DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS

Find the courage to ask questions and express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

The Fourth Agreement – ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST

Doing your best will change from moment to moment; it'll be different when you're tired as opposed to well-rested. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you'll avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

The Fifth Agreement – BE SKEPTICAL, BUT LEARN TO LISTEN

Don’t believe yourself or anybody else unconditionally. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear: Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind the words, and you'll understand the real message.

“By practising the Five Agreements, what you are really doing is respecting everything in creation. You're respecting your dream; you're respecting everybody else’s dream.If you use these tools, your effort is really for everyone because your joy, happiness, peace, and heaven are contagious.  When you're happy, the people around you are happy too, and it inspires them to change their own world.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

Be curious, open and kind.

If you find a comment or post to be offensive, off-topic, too generalising, aggressive, dehumanising or in any other way inappropriate, please report it immediately. Our team will look into it and delete or alter posts to meet the happiness.com standards of civil behaviour.

On the other hand, we all write or say things where we mean well, yet it turns out offensive to someone else. Learn and move on. It's ok to make mistakes. There are at least two sides to a story, and when we mean well and it turns out that we weren't aware of something or criticism might hurt, remember that it doesn't have to. It's an opportunity to learn.

No matter which side of the disagreement you stand, remember we all make mistakes and get offended. We all learn and apologise and change our view at times. And we can do all that with kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others.

It's hard to listen with an open heart when we feel attacked, so kindness, patience and compassion is a way of being heard and understood.
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