Happiness

  

For me, Happiness is primarily achieved by practicing non-attachment to outcomes I cannot control,

by carefuly choosing those outcomes in which I will invest my energies, and by doing so “along lines of excellence”.

I have been guided by the wisdom contained in the following quotations:   

 “Happiness is

the exercise of vital powers,

along lines of excellence,

in a life affording them scope”

– attr. Aristotle

 
If you want to be happy,

set a goal that commands your thoughts,

liberates your energy,

and inspires your hopes.

– Andrew Carnegie

Happiness is the only good.

The time to be happy is now.

 The place to be happy is here.

The way to be happy is to make others so.

– Robert Green Ingersoll

  
 
Action may not always bring happiness,

but there is no happiness without action.

– Benjamin Disraeli

 
Happiness cannot be

traveled to,

owned, earned,

worn

or consumed.

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living

every minute

with love,

grace

and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley

 
Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient

– Aristotle

 
“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

 
“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”

– Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha.

 
“Happiness is when

what you think,

what you say,

and what you do

are in harmony.” 

– Mohandas Gandhi

 
If you want others to be happy,

practice compassion.

If you want to be happy,

practice compassion.

– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

 
Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself:

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

 
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

– George Santayana

“Consider the following.

We humans are social beings.

We come into the world as the result of others’ actions.

We survive here in dependence on others.

Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities.

For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.

– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

 
Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!

Look to this Day!

For it is Life, the very Life of Life.

In its brief course lie all the

Verities and Realities of your Existence.

The Bliss of Growth,

The Glory of Action,

The Splendor of Beauty;

For Yesterday is but a Dream,

And To-morrow is only a Vision;

But To-day well lived makes

Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,

And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.

Look well therefore to this Day!

Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

– Kalidasa

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