Balancing Your Body and Mind

13 Moral Virtues by Ben Franklin

Here are thirteen moral virtues listed by Benjamin Franklin in his autobiography. Just by striving toward this level of excellence, you will not only benefit yourself personally, but everything and everyone else you are connected to will feel it and benefit as well.

ben-franklin1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.

2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.

3. Order. Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.

4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.

6. Industry. Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice. Wrong no one by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. Moderation. Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at triviality, or at accidents, common or unavoidable.

12. Chastity. Rarely use venery [sexual indulgence] but for health or offspring; never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates (and other great minds).


The Morning Question: What good shall I do this day?

The Evening Question: What good have I done to day?