- happiness 3 - happiness
Happiness is not a
to be prized,
it is a quality
of thought, a
state of mind.
Happiness comes of the capacity
feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think
freely, to risk
life, to be needed.
Sometimes our thoughts turn back toward
a corner in a forest,
end of a bank, or an orchard powdered with
seen but a single
time on some happy day, yet remaining
in our hearts
and leaving in
soul and body an unappeased desire which is not to be forgotten, a
feeling that we have just
rubbed elbows with happiness.
Happiness is a sunbeam
which may pass
through a thousand bosoms
without losing a
particle of its original ray;
nay, when it strikes a
like the converged light upon a mirror, it
reflects itself with
redoubled brightness. It is not
perfected till it is shared.
To be able to find joy
in another's joy: that is the secret of happiness.
means getting up in the morning and you can't wait
finish your breakfast. You can't wait to do your
exercises. You can't wait to put on your clothes. You can't
wait to get out--and you can't wait to come home, because
the soup is hot.
Happiness not only needs
no justification, but it is also
only final test of
whether what I
am doing is right for me.
Only of course happiness is not the
same as pleasure;
the pain of losing as well as the
pleasure of finding.
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only wished to be happy, this could be easily
but we wish to be happier than other people,
and this is always difficult,
for we believe others to be
happier than they are.
I accept life unconditionally. Life holds so
to be happy about always. Most people ask
on condition. Happiness can be felt only
you don't set conditions.
One road to happiness is to
cultivate curiosity about everything. Not only
people but about subjects, not only about the arts but
and foreign customs. Not only about
countries and cities, but about plants
and animals. Not
only about lichened rocks and curious markings on the
bark of trees, but about stars and atoms. Not only about
your friends but
about that strange labyrinth we inhabit
which we call ourselves. Then,
if we do that, we will
never suffer a moment's boredom.
should tell ourselves
and for all that it is
of the soul to become as happy,
as lies in its power.
To this end we may sacrifice
never should be
but only the sign
of being ennobled.
The happiness of life is made up of
minute fractions--the little
soon forgotten charities of
a kiss or smile, a kind look,
a heartfelt compliment, and
the countless infinitesimals
of pleasurable and genial
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Everybody really knows
what to do to have his or her life filled with joy. What is it?
Quit hating people; start loving them. Quit being mad at
people; start liking them.
Quit doing wrong; quit being
filled with fear. Quit thinking about yourself
and go out
and do something for other people. Everybody knows what
you have to do to be happy. But the wisdom of the test
lies in the final words:
"If ye know these things,
happy are ye if ye do them."
Norman Vincent Peale
one door of happiness closes another opens;
look so long at the closed door
that we do
not see the
one which has been opened for us.
want to know what happiness is we must seek it, not as if
it were a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but among
human beings who are living richly and fully the good life.
If you observe
really happy people you will
building a boat, writing a symphony, educating their children,
growing double dahlias in
their gardens, or looking
dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. They will not be
for happiness as if it were a collar button
that has rolled
under the radiator. They will not be
striving for it as a goal
in itself. They will have become
aware that they are happy
in the course of living life
twenty-four crowded hours of the day.
To find happiness we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves.
- happiness 3 - happiness
|The happiness which
brings enduring worth to life is not
happiness that is dependent on circumstances.
It is the
happiness and contentment that fills the soul even
midst of the most distressing circumstances and the
bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that
when things go wrong and smiles through the tears.
for which our souls ache is one undisturbed
by success or failure,
one which will root deeply inside
us and give inward relaxation,
peace, and contentment, no
matter what the surface problems may be.
That kind of
happiness stands in need of no outward stimulus.
Happiness is that
brief sigh of a moment that delivers a glow of peace
and serenity. Happiness is that tiny point of a feeling in our chest
radiates itself a million times throughout our being. Happiness is
"pause" that refreshes our spirit, allowing us to plunge back
rigors of our lives with renewed vigor. Happiness is that precise
that allows us to experience--even if briefly--that we are a part of a
vastness our minds will never comprehend. Don't knock
the brevity of happiness. Rejoice in its existence.
Anne Wilson Schaef
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One is happy as a result of one's own
efforts--once one knows
the necessary ingredients of
a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point,
love of work, and, above all, a
In order to be utterly happy the only thing
necessary is to refrain from
comparing this moment with
other moments in the past, which I
often did not fully
enjoy because I was comparing them
with other moments of
our own, feeling alienated from the world we had been
created from, cut off from the full extent of its abundance,
people were no longer happy. We began to search for the
happiness we had lost. When we found something that
reminded us of it, we tried to possess it and accumulate
more--thereby introducing Stress into our lives. But searching
for lasting happiness and accumulating temporary
substitutes for it brought us no satisfaction.
Te of Piglet
To live content with small means; to seek
elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than
fashion; to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not
rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act
to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and
sages, with open heart;
to bear on cheerfully, do all
bravely, awaiting occasions, worry never;
in a word to,
like the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
through the common.
William Ellery Channing
Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the
of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good
inner life is difficult to achieve,
especially in these
trying times. It takes reflection, and contemplation and
Caring about others, running the risk of
and leaving an impact on people, brings
be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed
by those we love, is certainly the nearest we
can come to happiness.
Mary Roberts Rinehart
|How simple and frugal a
thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut,
wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. . . . All that is
required to feel
that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal
from Zorba the
is a butterfly, which, when pursued,
is always just beyond
your grasp, but which,
if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Happiness makes up in height
for what it lacks in length.
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about after happiness like an absent-minded man
hunting for his hat,
while it is in his hand or on his head.
is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of
consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
Even if you are born into the most affluent of
circumstances or enjoy
a spectacular marriage that is the envy of others, there is no
that you will be happy. Happiness does not depend on wealth or
personal appearance, nor does it hinge on fame or recognition.
If your heart is empty, you cannot build genuine happiness.
Day by Day
is difficult to know
what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands,
like ticket stubs or change.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house
and now live over a quarry of noise and dust
cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own, it too could
wake up filled with possibilities
of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records. . .
Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands,
and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit for the moon,
but continues to hold it, and share it, and in that way, be known.
from "So Much Happiness"
must never look for happiness:
one meets it by the way.
to be happy, be.
An effort made
for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.
Lydia Maria Child
|The secret to happiness is this:
your interest be as wide as possible,
and let your
reactions to the things and persons that interest you
as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
We may think that
happiness is a result of happy circumstances.
A more mature view of happiness is that it is a by-product of
sharing our good and serving others. It is a sense of doing a
job well, honest communication with another, visiting someone
who may be ill, or sharing a sense of humor. Happiness is a
spiritual principle that we can lay hold of and use, regardless
of outer conditions or circumstances.
It isn't necessary to wait for circumstances to bring happiness.
When we try to give it to others, it returns to us multiplied.
can make our own joy, and let it act upon circumstances! One
of the great paradoxes of truth is that a happy heart draws to
itself what it needs for happiness.
Worldwide Laws of Life
I felt my lungs inflate with
the onrush of scenery--air, mountains, trees,
people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”
The Bell Jar
- happiness 3 - happiness
|As long as our
self-identification centers around what we call the real
world, no profound happiness is possible. Happiness requires
give up a worldly orientation--not worldly things but a worldly
attachment to things. We have to surrender all
outcomes. We have
to live here but appreciate the joke.
In order to become happy, we must become bigger than the
self. . . . Just as children play games in which they pretend to be
and thus pave the way for adulthood, so you and I must pretend to be
angelic, noble, enlightened spirits just visiting here,
in order to actually become them.
of Dr. Johnson’s ingredients of happiness was, “A little less time
than you want.” That
means always to have so many things you want
to see, to have, and to do, that no day is quite long enough for all
think you would like to get done before you go to bed.
Helen Hunt Jackson
Your highest pleasure is that
from hearts that you have made glad.
The art of being happy lies in the power of
extracting happiness from common things.
|We each have to grab our own
happiness, create our own
richness through experiences. We may share what we capture
with loved ones, but like us, they too must search their own
avenues for the satisfaction that lasts. We can neither give
happiness to another, like a gift, nor expect it in return.
The fullness of life we all long for is the natural
of living every moment as fully as possible. Our higher power
will never direct us into waters too deep. When we have
willingly turned our lives and our wills over, we'll find an
abundance of the rich, the full, the satisfying.
Day a New Beginning
sense of what will bring happiness is so crude and blundering.
something else as a compass. Maybe the moralists are right and
happiness doesn't come from seeking pleasure and ease.
Happiness is when what you
what you say, and what you do
are in harmony.