Happiness

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worked for or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley.

Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.
 ~ Jean Paul

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. ~ Winnie the Pooh

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.  ~ Peter Marshall

Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. ~ Wayne W. Dyer

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

There is more to life than increasing its speed.  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace." --Robert J. Sawyer, author

The world we have created today is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. ~ Albert Einstein

A secret freedom opens through a crevice you can barely see. ~Rumi

Whosoever knoweth the power of the dance, dwelleth in God. ~Rumi

Something opens our wings, something makes boredom and hurt disappear. ~Rumi

Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer, and always have been. Didn't you know? ~Rumi

When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy. When action come from another section, the feeling disappears. ~Rumi

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. ~ Alan Watts

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. ~ T. Harv Eker

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Jung

Money doesn't bring happiness and creativity. Your creativity and happiness brings money. ~ Sam Rosen

We can have peace if we let go of wanting to change the past and wanting to control the future. ~ Lester Levinson

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. ~ Dale Carnegie ~ Lester Levinson

True happiness...arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self. ~ Joseph Addison

Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have.]

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~ Dalai Lama

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. ~ Marcus Aurelius

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. ~ Carl Jung

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~ Charles Dickens

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. ~ Helen Keller

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. ~ Buddha

In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom. ~ Buddha

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God ... comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. ~ Anne Frank

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley

Our capacity to draw happiness from ... material goods ... seems critically dependent on our first satisfying ... understanding, for love, expression, and respect. ~ Alain de Botton

You cannot judge what should bring others joy, and others cannot judge what should bring you joy. ~ Alan Cohen

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. ~ Andrew Carnegie

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you." ~ Lao Tzu

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you. ~ Lao Tzu

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. ~ Lao Tzu

We forge the chains we wear in life. ~ Charles Dickens

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. ~ Frank Tyger

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. ~ James Dean

If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it--teach yourself to be impatient. ~ Gurbaksh Chahal

Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. ~ Shakti Gawain

The happiness of life is made up of the little charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it. ~ J. Petit Senn

To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek. ~ Alan Cohen

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. ~ John Milton

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. ~ Betty Smith

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. ~ Eckhart Tolle

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. ~ William Jennings Bryan

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Low self-confidence isn't a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered--just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better. ~ Barrie Davenport

Taking time to be grateful each day, takes the negative energy away.

The greatest freedom is being free of regret, fear, anxiety and sorrow. ~ Buddha

Whenever you are severely pleased you are nourished. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Confucius

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness Have few desires. ~ Lao Tzu

Forgiving those who hurt us is the key to personal peace. ~ G. Weatherly

Children have neither a past nor a future.
They enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us. ~ Jean de la Bruyere

We cannot exist solely in a state of comprehension. ~ Mark Epstein

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. ~ Ashley Montagu

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. ~ Marcel Pagnol

Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you? ~Rumi

I find my joy of living in the fierce and ruthless battles of life, and my pleasure comes from learning something. ~Auguste Strindberg

Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. ~Hermann Hesse

If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. ~Albert Camus

I shall not let a sorrow die until I find the heart of it, Nor let a wordless joy go by until it talks to me a bit. ~Sara Teasdale

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1834

Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want. ~Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom, 1941

Wandering seemed no more than the happiness of an anxious man. ~Albert Camus

For people who live on expectations, to face up to their realization is something of an ordeal. ~Elizabeth Bowen

The goal of all civilization, all religious thought, and all that sort of thing is simply to have a good time. But man gets so solemn over the process that he forgets the end. ~Don Marquis

Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. ~Benjamin Franklin

With what a leaden and retarding weight Does expectation load the wing of time! ~William Mason

The best things in life aren't things. ~Art Buchwald

Comparison, more than reality, makes men happy or wretched. ~Thomas Fuller

If a man could have just half of his wishes, he would double his troubles. ~Benjamin Franklin

Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us. ~W.N. Rieger

Bear shame and glory with an equal peace and an ever tranquil heart. ~Bhagavad Gita

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is noninterference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours. ~William James

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself, seeks for it in vain elsewhere. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things. ~William J. Lock

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. ~Nicolas de Chamfort

I basically have a very positive philosophy of life, because I don't feel I have anything to lose. Most things are going to turn out okay. Hal Ashby

Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude. ~ Chip Conley

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

Overthinking kills your happiness.

The key to happiness is letting each situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. ~ Epictetus

Listen to your own voice, your own soul, too many people listen to the noise of the world, instead of themselves. ~ Leon Brown

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