“Ten Commandments of Human Relations” (Stepping Stones To Recovery)

1. Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a big cheerful word of greeting.

2. Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile.

3. Call people by name. The sweetest music to anyone’s ear is the sound of their own name.

4. Be friendly and helpful. If you would have friends, be friendly.

5. Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is a genuine pleasure.

6. Be generous with praise and cautious with criticism.

7. Be thoughtful of the opinion of others. There are three sides to a controversy: yours, the other person’s and the right one.

8. Be alert to give service. What counts most in life is what we do for others.

9. Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost everyone if you try.

10. Be considerate of the feelings of others.


3 thoughts on ““Ten Commandments of Human Relations” (Stepping Stones To Recovery)

  1. Nearly 20 years ago we went on a retreat to Arizona and part of the sojourn was to the lovely village of Sedona which is noted to be a “thin place”, a place where God is seemingly nearer and in which it is reputed to have massive vortexes coming down from heaven and touching we humans.
    After we strolled around there for a while my wife asked me if I was experiencing any of these vortexes and I replied, “Why yes, every once in a while I feel the hair on the back of my head standing up”.

    Of course this was in part fantasy but was it real?

    Are there thin places?

    The Big Big Book seems to tell me so!

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

  2. yes…the wonderment of the unknown, thrilling discoveries await the seeker…for we know only a little…
    Certainly, for me, one of those discoveries you showed me was simple kindness, consistently practiced.
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. I was given a card with these Ten Commandments along with the acceptance is the answer quote from the big book. I kept this card in my wallet for many years.

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