by Judee Shipman
Quotes About Happiness abound online. But how happy are you, really?
Happiness is well summed up in something Albert Einstein once said:
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
Being such a smart guy, Einstein understood that happiness has a spiritual component, and cannot be attained through physical means, such as people or things.
The right to pursue happiness is written into America’s Declaration of Independence. Therein lies the problem. The right, as written, is misleading, because happiness cannot be “pursued.”
Happiness is, as Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote (although he had a longer way of putting it) like a butterfly that might land on your arm of you sit patiently in a field of butterflies.
Pursuing happiness is like pursuing rain for your crops: It will rain when it rains, whether or not you pursue it.
True happiness is a low key state of being that could be described as a general feeling of overall contentment. A feeling of nothing really being wrong. Happiness has a much more lasting effect than its impatient younger cousin, Excitement.
There may seem, at first glance, not so much connection between health, wealth, and happiness. In fact, some rich healthy people are miserable.
As Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.”
You may also notice that many people of low income seem happy.
A proneness to be happy might possibly have a genetic component.
Unhappiness is a symptom of a flaw in our reasoning.
False beliefs are at the root of ALL unhappiness.
As true as all these quotes about happiness are, this is not the point. The point is that we need to stop focusing on whether or not we are happy!
The true secret of happiness (and our purpose in life) is to create happiness in others. Some of the best quotes about happiness involve making other people happy.
Only when we understand this can we be truly happy. As the beautiful Buddha once said in one of his famous quotes about happiness,
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of that candle will not be shortened.”
Now that you are well on your way to obtaining unprecedented wealth, there are four basic steps to adding happiness to the equation: Mindfulness, Solitude, Grace, and Charity. Three of them are covered in this chapter, with quotes about happiness inserted here and there.
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Mindfulness is a Buddhist term for the spiritual practice that involves investing your FULL focus on the present moment.
When we are being mindful, we remain consciously aware of everything around us and every thought we have, with full awareness of every action we take. Those who are truly mindful tend to avoid clichés, generalizations, impulsiveness, and emotional attachments.
Mindfulness is an alert, detached, reality-based, detail-oriented type of awareness.
According to the teachings of Buddha, Mindfulness is one of the Seven Elements of Enlightenment. The other six are
All of the above Elements are of equal importance, but Mindfulness is the one that saves the most Money.
In today’s world, these Seven Elements could reasonably be called Seven Cost Effective Steps To Health, Wealth, And Happiness.
The success of this plan calls for us to be mindful of our money at all times. Remember that there is nothing wrong with considering, counting, handling, manipulating, investing, and spending our money, as long as we remember to Keep Working.
Come to think of it, countless quotes about happiness mention money.
Learning to enjoy being alone is a crucial life skill that most people lack.
However, we must face facts:
If we dread being alone with ourselves, something is wrong. If we wish to impress other people, something is wrong. If we are too needy, or depressed because we are not in a relationship, something is wrong. If our happiness depends in any way on the actions or decisions of another human being, something is definitely wrong.
We all need to spend some time alone, if only to figure out what the problem is with being alone.
The good news for people who dislike being by themselves is that everything gets easier with practice. If you are a party person, you might practice solitude by staying home one night a week. You may get bored or annoyed at first, but almost every lifestyle change we make takes only about a week to get used to. Humans are resilient that way.
Eventually, you’ll have fun reading, listening to music, surfing the net, cooking your favorite meals, watching movies, burning lots of calories redecorating, starting your own business, or whatever it is you do.
As an added bonus, liking to be alone saves tons of money. Solitude is a valuable skill not only because it encourages spiritual growth, but also because going out costs money.
Fortunately, being alone is much easier and a lot more fun now that we live in the Internet Age.
Alone is not the same thing as lonely. Being alone allows us to organize our thoughts, get more work done, and plan for tomorrow. However, not everybody is a homebody, and some people can just not bear being alone.
If you are among those people, you are lacking a valuable life skill. But all it takes is practice, so be brave!
For your own spiritual and mental health, it would benefit you to spend at least one day alone each week.
Decide ahead of time which fun and/or productive activities you will do. Then, look forward to your alone time! After all, people who don’t mind spending time alone tend to have more money than people who need the company of others.
In a perfect world, we would all pretty much mind our own business and have minimal interaction with each other.
Grace is characterized by a willingness to wait.
Grace is allowing karmic forces to take effect, without trying to force the issue.
Grace is going with the flow of positive energy.
Having faith in the outcome of the process, and acceptance when things don’t go our way.
Grace is when you know you are having a crappy day, but it doesn’t matter, because you never expected every moment to shine. So you just keep working.
If you do this and still see no results, compare it to planting seeds. We notice nothing at first, but underneath the earth, the roots are growing.
Happiness emanates from within. It is not defined by an absence of challenges, but by a fine tuned ability to deal with them.
We are never happy until we accept our problems as our own, without blaming them on others, and without any sense of entitlement about how much better we think our lives should be than our lives already are.
Whether we blame our problems on our families, our coworkers, statistics, or the President, we are using blame as a weak excuse for doing nothing.
Happiness requires honest self-appraisal. A willingness to do this indicates grace.
One way to maintain happiness is to always consider those who are worse off than you are, such as the lovely young lady quoted below, whose quotes about happiness are especially touching, somehow.
Before you go, here are just a few more classic quotes about happiness:
INTRODUCTION (Quotes About Happiness)
CHAPTER 1 (Wealth Through Exercise)
CHAPTER 2 (Fitness the Old Fashioned Way)
CHAPTER 3 (11 Common Exercise Myths)
CHAPTER 4 (Food List and Nutrition)
CHAPTER 5 (Healthy Weight Chart And More)
CHAPTER 6 (Alternative Health And Exercise)
CHAPTER 7 (How To Eat Whatever You Want)
CHAPTER 8 (10 Common Nutrition Myths)
CHAPTER 9 (How To Start Saving Money)
CHAPTER 10 (How To Keep Saving Money)
CHAPTER 11 (List of high paying Jobs)
CHAPTER 12 (Real Estate Investments)
CHAPTER 13 (Stock Market Investments and More)
CHAPTER 14 (Wealth Building Strategies)
CHAPTER 15 (The Short Road To Happiness)
CHAPTER 16 (Spiritual Wealth)
CHAPTER 17 (Delicious Healthy Recipes)
CHAPTER 18 (More Recipes)
CHAPTER 19 (More Recipes)
CHAPTER 20 (More Recipes)
CHAPTER 21 (Sweet Treats YOU Deserve)
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