When things look dismal, inspirational quotes act as simple reminders of what is truly important. Here are 111 quotes about happiness that can do just that.
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111 Inspiring Quotes On Happiness
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis.
― Margaret Bonanno
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 which has been opened for us.
― Helen Keller
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
― Mahatma Gandhi
And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’
― Kurt Vonnegut
I would always rather be happy than dignified.
― Charlotte Brontë
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
― Anne Frank
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
― Oscar Wilde
Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?
― Audrey Niffenegger
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
― Elizabeth Gilbert
Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.
― Ayn Rand
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.
Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
― Albert Camus
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
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.
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
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.
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
― Robert A. Heinlein
Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.
― Dennis Waitley
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
― Mahatma Gandhi
The only joy in the world is to begin.
― Cesare Pavese
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
― Oscar Wilde
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
― Marthe Troly-Curtin
Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.
― Winnie the Pooh
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
― Herman Cain
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.
― Anthony de Mello
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
― Dalai Lama
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
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
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
If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.
― Joseph Addison
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
― George Burns
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.
It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.
Happiness is acceptance.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
― James M. Barrie
We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
― Dalai Lama
Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.
― Dr. Robert Anthony
The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
― Albert Einstein
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
― Bertrand Russell
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
― Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Happiness is a myth we seek,
If manifested surely irks;
Like river speeding to the plain,
On its arrival slows and murks.
For man is happy only in
His aspiration to the heights;
When he attains his goal, he cools
And longs for other distant flights.
― Kahlil Gibran
Happiness is a state of activity.
This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
― Douglas Adams
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
― Arthur Schopenhauer
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
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
― Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
― Friedrich Schiller
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
― Winston Churchill
I’d far rather be happy than right any day.
― Douglas Adams
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
― Andy Rooney
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
― Benjamin Disraeli
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
― Martha Washington
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
― Albert Schweitzer
Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
― Herman Hesse
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
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
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.
― Rose Lane
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
― Albert Ellis
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
― Groucho Marx
Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.
Your work is discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.― Henry David Thoreau
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
― Maxim Gorky
A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.
― Leo Tolstoy
It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.
― William Feather
Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.
― John Henry Jowett
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
― Helen Keller
For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.
If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
― Andy Rooney
Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.
The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
― Andre Maurois
The grass is always greener where you water it.
Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.
― Marquis de Condorcet
On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.
― Eckhart Tolle
The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.
― Brian Tracy
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
― Marcel Proust
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
― George Bernard Shaw
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.
― Leo Buscaglia
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
― William Arthur Ward
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
― Mary Lou Retton
I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.
― Dalai Lama
Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
― Joseph Campbell
Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.
― Leo Tolstoy
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
― Abraham Lincoln
Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
― Kahlil Gibran
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
― Morris West
Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.
― Milton Erickson
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
― Mark Twain
My word for 2017 is ‘Happy’ and though I’ve not written much about it, I’m constantly aware of this. So I was very happy to have Olivia Norton offer to do a guest post on the very subject and the 12 Incredible Traits of the Happiest People.
Happiness is universal. It defines no boundaries, race, culture, age, gender and social status. Although its definition seems so general, not all people have it.
How can you achieve happiness without much effort? Happy people practice certain habits and possess such traits that you can also acquire to find happiness.
12 Incredible Traits of the Happiest People
Below are characteristics of people who find happiness and peace in their lives:
1. They are committed to their goals.
Happiness is not easy to find, however, happy people know how to search for it. They aim high and dream big. They set up goals to make their aspirations happen. After setting up their goals, they find ways to attain it. They never stop pursuing their goals until they achieve it.
2. They let go of bitterness.
Happy people know how to forgive and forget. They never keep grudges because it is a barrier to their happiness. Bitterness absorbs negative emotions such as resentment, anger and pain. Letting go of bitterness means you allow the positive things to come in and the negative things to go.
3. They appreciate the moment.
Happy people would never let the present time just passed. They appreciate each moment because they know how precious time is. They pay attention to every detail and are not in a hurry to just let the day end without doing anything special. Even in bad times, they would face it, no matter how hard it is.
4. They let go of what they can’t control.
Happy people know their boundaries. They focus their efforts only on important things and to those that they can control.
5. They thrive during the hard times.
Happy people don’t give up easily, even in difficult times. They see hardships and failures as a signal to start again. They believe in the saying that “Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.”
6. They know how to give more than to take.
Giving for happy people is so natural. They don’t give to get something in return. For them, giving makes them happy as they see other people happy. They don’t expect anything in return when they give.
7. They are thankful. Happy people are grateful for everything they have. They appreciate the little things around them. Grateful people have less stress and are able to cope up with anything. They also possess more positive emotions.
8. They are kind.
Happy people know how to share kindness. They help others, even in simple ways. Sometimes, they even leave themselves just to see other people happy.
9. They cultivate healthy relationships.
They just don’t have a connection. They build strong connections with their loved ones. When they allow others in their lives, they know how to protect, respect and love them. These things make them happy.
10. They nurture their mind and body.
It’s so impossible for someone to be happy when the physical or mental state is not in good condition. This is why happy people possess this trait. They know how to take care of their own mind and body by living a healthy lifestyle.
11. They are happy to be with happy people.
Toxic people can drain your energy. Happy people boost it. If you want to be truly happy, be with people who know how to laugh, joke, smile and appreciate life. When you hang with happy people, you’re more likely to get the same positive vibes that they create.
12. They can withstand discomfort.
Happy people don’t just appreciate the good times. In fact, they face the bad times; even it brings uneasiness and discomfort. They are willing to be there at that moment because they know that soon it would be over.
Olivia Norton has been writing for over 10 years, specializing on niches, including life, addiction recovery especially about treatment for cocaine addiction
and health. Aside from her busy work, she also balances her time between family, business and seeking new adventures.
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You can feel it. It’s almost here. The most awaited time of the week…it’s the weekend!!! Finally, a break from all the grinding you did in the past 5 days. What to do? You can let it past like nothing or you can make your weekend meaningful.
How to Make Your Weekend Meaningful
People over things
You work hard for your loved ones. When you’ve got time to be away from work, what could make your weekend meaningful than spending it with them. Have some quality time with your family. Meet up with friends especially those you haven’t seen for a while. Or if you have pets which you consider as family, bring them to the vet for grooming or go have a run with them. Make your weekend more meaningful by spending it with people and not with things.
There’s nothing more humbling and fulfilling than giving back. Give back to the environment, to the community and to the world by serving. Volunteer to your local organizations that are dedicated to cleaning and taking care of the planet. Volunteer to a local shelter. Help serve in the orphanage or home for the elderly. Go visit a hospital and give gifts especially to the sick children.
Re-ignite your passion
Your hobby which you’ve been neglecting, go revisit it. Maybe you’re into painting, making crafts, gardening, or playing musical instruments. What’s the one thing that brings fire in your belly? What recharges your soul? What makes you feel alive? The answer to that is your passion. Go re-ignite your passion to make your weekend meaningful.
You don’t have to go far and spend thousands to enjoy a weekend away. Visit a museum nearby. Visit the nearby city or town you’ve never been to. There is so much to see and enjoy if you just keep your sense of wonder and be open to new things and experience.
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. Genesis 2:2
Even God rested when all His work was done. Use your weekend to rest. It may seem sacrilege to the workaholics but that’s how it goes. God shows us that no matter what we do, we need to set aside a time to rest. You’ll be amazed by what rest could do to your being.
Resting will recharge your body and refresh your spirit. Your brains will work better if it has rested. You will instantly feel better and ready for the coming week.
If you want to stay healthy and keep going, don’t neglect what your body needs. It is mostly in the weekend when you can do what you want and need. To make your weekend meaningful is more than just a gratification. It is also a must to for a better, richer life.
It’s Friday today and although Sanchie Vee and I had decided to take a break from #FridayReflections through April, I decided to it slightly differently. I’m putting up a linky – and asking you to write on any of the older prompts that you may have liked and missed. I’ll have the same linky up all month through, just on fresh posts. Also, I’m asking for a link back to my blog in your post to prevent people who are writing ‘off prompt’ from adding their links.
If you want to know more about #FridayReflections and find prompts to write on, I’ve created a page with the ‘rules’ and the prompts. So go ahead and have a ball. Remember, to link up here so we can all enjoy your writing.
This post is in response to the prompt from 4 March 2016 – Describe your ideal Sunday.
She invited me this morning: ‘Come for a walk and experience the breeze’
‘Tomorrow, perhaps? I’ve got a busy schedule today.’ I responded.
Mid-morning, she asked me to go to the window and look at the rain-soaked leaves.
‘Not now. I’ve got a post to write.’
‘Spend ten minutes playing ball with Pablo?’ she gently asked me this evening.
‘Not today. I’ve got to finish this article.’
Every day she invites me and most often I turn her down.
She’s that voice in my head,
That invitation to joy
But I keep refusing –
If you ignore the little voice that keeps extending an invitation to joy, it may go silent. Listen. ~ Cheryl Richardson.
Today I listened. Ask me what I did? You may not believe me. But then I did tell you about slowing down.
I lay down this afternoon and fell fast asleep. I woke up when Jose called, spoke to him and went back to bed – to read and laze. All this while knowing I had a post (or two) to write, comments to answer and lots of little things to do around the house. There was another voice in my head, the one I’m more prone to listen to – guilt – but I told him to shut up and go get a life! 😉
I want to be nice to myself. To respond to that invitation to joy every time I hear it. I want to live in the present moment and enjoy it.
A great example in this story.
Sharing a story from his childhood in Africa, Dr Wes Stafford, tells of the time French Colonial officials attempted to conduct a survey in a village. They wanted to know what the expectations of the people were and what they wanted in the future. Dr Stafford writes in his book, Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most:
The chief and his tribal elders tried to explain to their exasperated visitors that they really didn’t know the answers to those kinds of questions, because the future had not yet arrived. When the time came to pass, then the results would be apparent. This, to be sure, made the officials less than pleased. And they left, in a huff.
That day, at dusk, the village gathered in the chief’s courtyard. He said, “I want to talk to the children tonight.”
“We are not like them,” the chief told the children. “To them time is everything… the smaller that men can measure the day, the more angry they seem to be.”
The chief went on. “The present is now–the days we live today. This is God’s gift to us. It is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. The present will flow by us, of course, and become the past. That is the way of a river, and that is the way of time. The Frenchmen cannot wait for the future to arrive. They crane their necks to see around the bend in the river. They cannot see it any better than we can, but they try and try. For some reason, it is very important for them to know what is coming toward them. They want to know it so badly that they have no respect for the river itself. They thrash their way into the present in order to see more around the bend.
They miss so much of the joy of today all around them. Did you notice that as they stormed into our village, they didn’t notice it is the best of the mango season?
Though we offered them peanuts, they did not even taste them.They did not hear the birds in the trees or the laughter in the marketplace. We touched them with our hands, but they did not really see us. They miss much of the present time, because all they care about is the unknowable, the future. The present is all we can fully know and experience, so we must.
We must love each other. We must smell the hibiscus flowers. We must hear the singing of the weaver birds and the grunts of the lions. We must taste with joy the honey and the peanut sauce on the rice. We must laugh and cry and live.”
What better invitation to joy can there be than the words of that village chief?
Are you responding positively to every invitation to joy you get?
In case you’re wondering about the comments from earlier, that’s because I’m republishing this post from 2014. I’ll confess that it was such a great reminder to me, that I was tempted to rework it and republish this post.
In a world where botox and plastic surgery are so easily on offer, I sometimes wonder why we can’t just be the way we are. Who tells us that we need all these things to look beautiful? Who tells us that our nose is not ‘perfect’? What is a perfect nose anyway? And does fixing our nose or other parts of our body make us feel happier about ourselves? Perhaps once our nose is ‘perfect’, we might need a matching ‘perfect’ mouth!
Living in India, it’s not uncommon for me to be asked, “How many children do you have?” and when I answer that I have none, I don’t know whether to laugh or yell when people commiserate me. Who says that having children makes every woman’s life perfect?
I remember questions being asked when I was single until my forties. “When will give us some good news?” (a standard idiotic question in India to be interpreted as ‘when are you getting married?’ or ‘when are you having a baby?’). I’d love to respond with, “I can give you good news right now. I’m enjoying my work and am fine being single.” And they’d respond with a smirk which said”As if!” Who says that having a partner makes one’s life complete?
But beyond all these are the times when we allow our notions of perfection to stop us from being happy.
We set goals, create bucket lists and make promises to ourselves. All that is fine. It keeps us dreaming. It keeps us focussed. Sometimes, these very things can keep us from being happy. Why? When we fail at achieving them, or can’t keep up with our goals, we start to beat ourselves up, calling ourselves names, labelling ourselves ‘stupid’, ‘useless’ and ‘losers’.
We cannot be happy until we accept that we are imperfect. It’s as simple as that.
Happiness is a direct result of self-acceptance. Ask me, I know. And what is self-acceptance if not compassion towards oneself.
As Brené Brown says so eloquently “….. living is about engaging with our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”
I love this story and must share it with you today.
In the perfume shop show window was a large jar of freckle salve, and beside the jar was a sign, which read: Do you suffer from freckles?
“What does the sign say?” ask Pippi Longstocking. She couldn’t read very well because she didn’t want to go to school as other children did.
“It says, ‘Do you suffer from freckles?'” said Annika.
“Does it indeed?” said Pippi thoughtfully. “Well, a civil question deserves a civil answer. Let’s go in.”
She opened the door and entered the shop, closely followed by Tommy and Annika. An elderly lady stood back of the counter. Pippi went right up to her. “No!” she said decidedly.
“What is it you want?” asked the lady.
“No,” said Pippi once more.
“I don’t understand what you mean,” said the lady.
“No, I don’t suffer from freckles,” said Pippi. Then the lady understood, but she took one look at Pippi and burst out, “But, my dear child, your whole face is covered with freckles!”
“I know it,” said Pippi, “but I don’t suffer from them. I love them. Good morning.”
She turned to leave, but when she got to the door she looked back and cried, “But if you should happen to get in any salve that gives people more freckles, then you can send me seven or eight jars.”
(Pippi Goes on Board (Pippi Longstocking) by Astrid Lindgren)
March 20 is celebrated as World Happiness Day. Find out more and download Happiness Resources from the Action For Happiness website. The #1000Speak effort for this month is looking at the connection between happiness and compassion. Check out more posts on the linky.
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With Pope Francis’ in the US even as I write this, I thought it was only fitting to share some of his thoughts on happiness which I find relevant to every one regardless of religious beliefs.
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Pope Francis on Happiness
1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”
2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”
3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.
4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.
5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.
6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.
7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”
8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”
9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing,” the Pope said.
10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.
Courtesy of the Catholic News Service.