1) “The most dangerous risk of all is the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
2) “Everyone you meet today is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. Keep that in mind.”
3) “A few happiness tips: Start each day with a positive expectation. Take time to plan and prioritize. Rather than obsess about it, pick one thing that, if you get it done today, will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life. Then do that first. Give a gift to everyone you meet. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth the spare change. Deflect partisan conversations. Assume people have good intentions. Eat high quality food slowly. Let go of your results. Turn off “background” TV. Begin and End each day with gratitude.”
4) “The belief that happiness has to be deserved has led to centuries of pain, guilt, and deception. Happiness is a positive commandment of God. It is our birthright, our choice! Choose it! The moment you stop believing that happiness has to be deserved, you are free.”
5) “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day!”
6) “I have learned from experience that happiness is an acquired skill. Children are one of the greatest lessons in happiness, constantly challenging us to enjoy the moment, as the next one will not be the same. Gratitude is essential to happiness. Every time our children rush up to us and smile, we have something to be happy about; every time we get out of bed and can take a deep breath and go out for a walk, we have something to be happy about–that is the essence of a happy existence. Happiness is a muscle we must use, or it will wither away.”
7) “Difficult times are the greatest opportunities in disguise. When we face difficult times we have to put in determined work to get ourselves into joy. Difficult times are your greatest opportunity to practice yourself into joy!”
8) “You must come to terms with the reality that nothing outside ourselves, be it people or things is actually responsible for our happiness.”
9) “Keep ramping up your level of joy every day. There is no limit to the levels of joy you can reach. You will see change to the degree of joy that you can attain and maintain. The higher the joy you can create within you, the more spectacular the change, and the higher the joy, the faster the change. Your emanation of joy attracts more Joy. The law of attraction will continually send you more feelings of joy!”
10) “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.”
11) “When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
12) “Peace does not mean to be on a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
13) “Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”
-Dr. Wayne Dyer
14) “Allow yourself to be happy right now, even if outside circumstances seem imperfect. Waiting for everything to be “perfect” means delaying the happiness that you are meant to enjoy now. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy this very moment . . .now.”
15) “Make one person happy each day and in forty years you will have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time at least.”
16) “Sadness is just a place on the map. Don’t try to avoid it, resist it or escape through substances. Settle it, allow it, and it will go.”
17) “Say thank you! I want to hear you say it now. Out loud. ‘Thank you.’ You’re saying thank you because your faith is so strong that you don’t doubt that whatever the problem, you’ll get through it. You’re saying thank you because you know that even in the eye of the storm, God has put a rainbow in the clouds. You’re saying thank you because you know there’s no problem created that can compare to the Creator of all things. Say thank you!”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
18) “In truth, your happiness is more than okay. Your happiness is also a great gift. It is a total inspiration, a wonderful example, and a great service to the world. Your happiness contributes so much more to the world than your suffering. By choosing to be happy, you are being a light of the world.
19) “It is because the world is so full of suffering, that your happiness is a gift.
It is because the world is so full of poverty, that your wealth is a gift.
It is because the world is so unfriendly, that your smile is a gift.
It is because the world is so full of war, that your peace of mind is a gift.
It is because the world is in such despair, that your hope and optimism is a gift.
It is because the world is so afraid, that your love is a gift.”
20) “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything they make the best of everything.”
21) “Here are some more Happiness Tips that can help you become happy: Each and every day make a new list of all the blessings you have. The rule is: if you lost it – you would be upset. Look into the mirror every morning and smile. Upon awakening in the morning – before you have the power to open your eyes – say ‘Thanks for the ability to see, to hear to smell to taste to touch and to breathe.’ Do an anonymous act of kindness every day for someone else. Repeat this mantra: ‘Everything I have I need. Everything I need, I have. Take the time today to cheer someone up.”
22) “We think we are sad because things don’t go our way. In truth, things may not be going our way because we are sad.”
23) “Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
24) “Get rich quick: Count your blessings.”
25) “Do you press the “pause” button – the “until” button in life by saying “I can’t be happy until…”? All this accomplishes is a delay in your entry into your innate state of happiness, which is independent of outer circumstances. So press the “play” button and rejoice in the now-ness of the moment!”
26) “You can have everything and still be miserable. Or you can have relatively little and feel very rich. Happiness is a state of mind and it is in your control.”
-From the book “Never, Never, Never Give Up.”
27) “It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.”
28) “The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”
29) “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.”
30) “Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go & it will be yours forever.”
31) “Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”
32) “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
33) “The expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.”
34) “Isn’t it ironic? We ignore those who adore us. We adore those who ignore us. We love those who hurt us, and we hurt those who love us.”
35) “Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.”
36) “Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars…or your two legs…or your hands…or your hearing? Add up what you do have, and you’ll find you won’t sell them for all the gold in the world. The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate them.”
37) “What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.”
38) “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
39) “When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other.”
40) “It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.”
41) “Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second was, “Did you find joy?”
42) “Remember happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it solely depends on what you think.”
43) “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
44) “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”
45) “Don’t postpone your happiness until your have certainty, and tranquility. Embrace life today – with all its challenges and risk. Replace your fears with faith and courage.”
46) More Happiness Tips:
“First, don’t just thank God: thank people. Remember Paul McCartney’s words in Abbey Road: “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” Ditto for happiness.
Second, resolve to be active, not passive. Be a doer, not a complainer. Light a candle, don’t curse the darkness. Sit less, exercise more. Drive less, walk more. Neuroscientists have made the heartening discovery that physical exertion renews our brain cells. It actually keeps us mentally as well as physically young. It also produces the endorphins that fight depression and produce exhilaration.
Third, be part of a community. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a community to reach a full flowering of happiness. Virtual communities linked by smartphones are no substitute for real face-to-face encounter.
Fourth, make a thorough clearout of negative emotions. Apologise to those you’ve wronged, and forgive those who have wronged you. Emotional energy is too precious to waste it on guilt on the one hand, resentment on the other.”
-Sir Rabbi Jonathan Sacks