How to create a safe space: Community Guidelines
How consent, respect and compassion are translated into the virtual space of happiness.com to create a safe space for everyone.
Here is a combination of general community guidelines, forum, photo and chat guidelines.
The 5 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
“By practising the Five Agreements, what you are really doing is respecting everything in creation. You are respecting your dream; you are respecting everybody else’s dream. If you use these tools, your effort is really for everyone, because your joy, your happiness, your peace, and your heaven are contagious. When you are happy, the people around you are happy too, and it inspires them to change their own world.” – 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 is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are tired as opposed to well rested. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will 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 will understand the real message.
Be curious, open and kind.
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On the other hand, it's common to write or say things and mean well, yet it turns out offensive to someone else. Mistakes are ok, and there are at least two sides to a story. It doesn't have to hurt, especially if we know we meant well.
Please, try taking it as a learning opportunity, maybe even apologise and move on. Let's all keep an open mind and open heart and meet every situation with kindness, patience and compassion.
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