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  “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
- Buddha

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The pursuit of happiness" is an American myth. The ideologies and governments of this century that promised happiness, have left people with more material possessions, but less psychological well-being. Many of the citizens are emotionally bankrupt and unhappy. Like their parents, most of the young professionals will drift through life racing for the "American Dream", going through very expensive trial-and-error lessons and struggling to achieve happiness and fulfillment.
- Med Jones

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb

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

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
― Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Seven Deadly Sins: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Science without humanity. Knowledge without character. Politics without principle. Commerce without morality. Worship without sacrifice.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Openheim

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.
- John Barrymore

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.
- A.A. Milne

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
- H. Jackson Brown

It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed.
- Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack.
- Hazelmarie Elliott ("Mattie")

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
- Margaret Young

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
- St. Augustine

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
- Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931

This is my "depressed stance." When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this.
- Charles M. Schulz

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.

- William Wordsworth, 1806

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

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

Happiness is a form of courage.
- Holbrook Jackson

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.
- Jean de La Bruyere

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Keonig

Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight...

- Hazelmarie "Mattie" Elliott, A Breath of Heaven

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
- Berke Breathed

The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness.
- Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.
- Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is a direction, not a place.
- Sydney J. Harris

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
- Janet Lane

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.
- Author Unknown

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

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.
- Author Unknown

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
- Lady Blessington

The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1.
- Author Unknown

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
- Bernard de Fontenelle

Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness?
- Yevgeny Zamyatin

A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap.
- Miriam Muhammad

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
- Immanuel Kant

Man must search for what is right, and let happiness come on its own.
- Johann Pestalozzi

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
- Henry Ward Beecher

If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door.
- Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
- Sigmund Freud

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
- Salvador Dali


Happiness is:
1. Falling in love.
2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
3. A hot shower.
4. No lines at the supermarket.
5. A special glance.
6. Getting mail.
7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
8. Hearing your favourite song on the radio.
9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
11. Chocolate milkshake ... (or vanilla ... or strawberry!)
12. A bubble bath.
13. Giggling.
14. A good conversation.
15. The beach
16. Finding a 20-pound note in your coat from last winter.
17. Laughing at yourself.
18. Eye contact with a hot member of the opposite sex.
19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
20. Running through sprinklers.
21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful/good looking.
23. Laughing at an inside joke.
24. Friends.
25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
27. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).
28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
29. Playing with a new puppy.
30. Having someone play with your hair.
31. Sweet dreams.
32. Hot chocolate.
33. Road trips with friends.
34. Swinging on swings.
35. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
36. Making chocolate chip cookies (and eating them...!).
37. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
38. Holding hands with someone you care about.
39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
40. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much-desired present from you.
41. Watching the sunrise.
42. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
43. Knowing that somebody misses you.
44. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.
45. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

- Unknown

woman on a couch with flowers at her feet
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. - Albert Schweitzer

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.
Democritus

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly.
Marcus Aurelius

People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
George Matthew Allen

Happiness is not a goal, but a by-product.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
Aldous Huxley

There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
David D. Burns, M.D., Intimate Connections

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimal of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.
Baron Alexander von Humboldt

The man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of life.
Euripides

There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Henry Ford

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
Various Attributions

Happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature; it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.
John M. Good

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck

A light heart lives long.
William Shakespeare

We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by them.
Juvenal

Men spend their lives in anticipations,—in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
Charles Caleb Colton

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realising that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.
from How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
Alice Meynell

Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.
Epictetus

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
Benjamin Franklin

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Epictetus

I do not like the idea of happiness—it is too momentary. I would say that I was always busy and interested in something—interest has more meaning than happiness.
Georgia O'Keefe

You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy

Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
William Ellery Channing

The greater part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.
Baron Alexander von Humboldt

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
Lin Yutang

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

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
Douglas Jerrold

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

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus

The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it.
Paul Scherer

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Aristotle

Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,—as though that time should be of another make from this which has already come and is ours.
Thomas Fuller

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayana

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Publilius Syrus

Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one destination; happiness; but few are going by the same road.
Charles Caleb Colton

 

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
― Albert Camus

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
― John Lennon


“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”
― Audrey Hepburn

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer


“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
― Tom Bodett


“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez


“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
― George Burns

“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

“You can't be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes".”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
 

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
― Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”
― Mark Twain

“Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”
- Unknown
 

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”
Albert Camus


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


“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
Stacey Charter


“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”
Dale Carnegie


“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”
Lucille Ball


“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


“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Epictetus


11.“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
Frederick Keonig


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh


13.“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
Eskimo Proverb


“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”
Mary Stuart


“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”
Seneca

Don't put the key to happiness in someone else's pocket.
- Author Unknown

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
- Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
- Jacques Prévert

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.
- Palmer Sondreal

They say is the love of money is the root or source of all suffering and evil. I think scarcity or lack of money is the root of all suffering and evil.
- Med Yones

Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.
- Robert Anthony

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
- Mark Twain

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
- Edith Wharton

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.
- E.L. Konigsburg

Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.
- Cynthia Nelms

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.
- Robertson Davies

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.
- Norm Papernick

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.
- Colette

 

 

 

 
 

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