Monday, January 4, 2016

You can’t really pursue happiness # 2

With the New Year comes new hope and inspiration. Make the best of it. While it may sound trite, take these words to heart:
“Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy”

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dr. Dale Carnegie
This does not suggest that you merely go with the flow. It tells you to accept that which is given to you - with graciousness.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller
Inflating your self-worth will only isolate you from everyone. Discover your purpose, your calling in life, and pursue that. Getting lost in a cause bigger than yourself will fulfil you no end.
“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you'll be a success.” Dr. Albert Schweitzer
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” Charles Kingsley
Many people preach prosperity. So do I, and there is nothing wrong with that. It definitely makes the wheels turn smoother, but that famous saying “You can’t buy happiness.” Or is it love? It's true in both instances. Do something you enjoy. Period.
“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.” Ayn Rand
You are not responsible, ever, for someone else’s happiness, love or salvation. Restore yourself first and be content to lead by example.

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” James Oppenheim
Happiness, like love, like charity – all these start at home.

“Your success and your happiness start with you.” Zig Ziglar
“How you feed your mind is every bit as critical to your happiness as how you feed your body.” Jeff Olson
If you don’t take charge of your inner thoughts, someone else will. All you need to do is to set and visualize the end goal; the rest will fall into place.

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.” Freya Stark
No-one likes a two-face. Neither would you be able to live comfortably with being one yourself.

“Happiness is the natural experience of winning your own self-respect as well as the respect of others.” Denis Waitley
You can only give what you have. Most treasured things are earned.

“All who would win joy must share it; happiness was born a twin.” Lord Byron
Once you have achieved anything significant, you will find that you automatically want to share this joy you feel within.
Think about this: happiness is mostly outer-directed during a specific occasion, while joy is inner directed lasting a lifetime. What are your thoughts?

“Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
“Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”, Audrey TAUTOU & Mathieu KASSOVITZ