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Quotes On Happiness

“If you think or act with a calm and bright heart-mind, then happiness follows you always, like a shadow.” – The Buddha

“[Buddha] outlined five kinds of happiness, which we can achieve by discovering the causes and factors conducive to it and adopting them, while relinquishing those that are detrimental to satisfaction and well-being.  These five kinds of happiness are that of sense pleasure; that derived from giving and sharing, from recoprosity; that of the bliss and inner peace arising from intensely concentrated states of meditative awareness (samadhi) combined with mental purity; that of fulfillment stemming from insightful wisdom and profound understanding; and that of nirvanic happiness, everlasting bliss, and deathless beatitude and oneness.”
The Buddha’s Way of Happiness: Healing Sorrow, Transforming Negative Emotion, and Finding Well-Being in the Present Moment

“When our minds are still and quiet, one of the first things we discover is that our natural state is one of inner peace.  This contented state of mind is always present whenever we are not interfering with it, not using our thinking as a weapon against ourselves.  And when we experience this peaceful state of mind, it allows us to be happy, despite our imperfect circumstances and the chaotic world.  What’s more, when we learn to be happy and we have what we need emotionally, we are better equipped to make a positive difference in the world.”
You Can Be Happy No Matter What

“Your first and most reliable guide to happiness is your body.  The body is designed to support the mind, and working together they create the state known as happiness.  When you’re deciding whether or not to act, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?”  If your body sends back a signal of physical or emotional distress, reconsider the action.  If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed.  Together, mind and body form a single field.  It is artificial to separate them as we usually do.”
The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment

”It is not your role to make others happy; it is your role to keep yourselfin balance. When you pay attention to how you feel and practice self-empowering thoughts that align with who-you-really-are, you will offer an example of thriving that will be of tremendous value to those who have the benefit of observing you. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive or sick enough to help sick people get well. You only ever uplift from your position of strength and clarity and alignment.”
Abraham/Esther Hicks



101 Mindful Ways to Happiness

Excerpted from Choose the Life You Want, the Mindful Way to Happiness

By Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD

Choose to Choose
     Choose your own path
Be Mindful of the Wonder
     Take time to really look at things
Take a Step Back
     Don’t react emotionally, respond thoughtfully
Think and Act Purposefully
     Don’t obsess
Carry Yourself With Confidence and Pride
     Act as if
Make a Difference
Just Do It!
Experience Your Work as a Calling
Actively Learn the Lessons of Hardship
Appreciate and Learn From Those Around You
Express and Reveal
Seek the Win-Win
Savor Life
Treat Your Body with Respect
Create Your Own Luck
Remind Yourself of Your True Self
Commend and Compliment
Be a Benefit Finder
Listen With Empathy and Openness
Invest in Experiences
Be Open to Suggestions
Say Yes Only When Your Vision is Served
Accept Reality and Act On It
Bring Humor and Lightness
Focus On What Truly Mattters
Focus and Think
Move On
Be Hopeful and Optimistic
Make Others Feel Good
Focus On Strengths and Abilities
Let Go
Focus on Process
     It’s the journey that matters
Perceive Hardships as Temporary
Move (exercise)
Open Your Mind and Heart to Learning
Connect to Your Values
Choose Deliberately
See the Glass as Half Full
Be Present
Seize the Moment
Do What You Want to Do
Learn From Failure
Help and Contribute
Breathe Deeply and Slowly
Respect Those Close to You
Maintain the Strength of Independence
Pursue Your Passion
Appreciate the Good
Embrace Silence
Be True to Your Self
See the Other
Recognize When Good Enough Will Do
Actively Accept Your Emotion
    Allow the emotion and reflect on it
Experience Excitement
Observe the Storm
    Mindfully observe the drama
Treat Yourself with Kindness and Generosity
Fill Up
     Keep your spirit up with uplifting activities
Think Global, Act Local
Bring Positive Energy Wherever You Go
Create Your Future
Be Open and Sincere
Slow Down
Stretch Yourself
     Be honest to yourself and others about how you feel
Become Who You Want to Be
Commit to Overcoming Hurdles
Sing, Dance, Listen
Perceive Difficulty as a Challenge
Be a Beautiful Enemy
Be Afraid and Go Ahead Anyway
Be Nice
Be Playful and Light
Take the Larger Context Into Consideration
Be the Scribe of Your Own Journey
Focus on the Positive
Lead with Deeds
Seek to be Known
Find the New in the Familiar
Experience Heartfelt Positivity
Work Toward Your Dreams
Act From the Best Within
See the Seed of Greatness in Each Person
Live with Integrity
Be Humble
Simplify Your Life
Treat Your Mistakes as Valuable Feedback
Focus Outward
Appreciate Your Family and Friends
Lead a Spiritual Existence
Be Hard on the Problem
Be an Active Agent
Change Your Perspective
Focus on Successes
Give Yourself Permission to be Human
Act Generously
Have Patience
Find the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
Take Dreams Seriously


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