Life Quotations About Happiness

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Thomas Paine
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself.

Comment: Personal integrity is essential for true and sustained happiness. Having personal ‘skeletons in the cupboard’ is definitely a factor that will prevent the full flow of happiness in our life. Being “mentally faithful” to oneself does not only mean living a good, honest life in society; it also means being absolutely true to oneself in all areas. For example, if you don’t want to go to the party because you’re feeling tired, then give that as your reason. Don’t tell the host that you don’t have a babysitter if that is not the true reason. If you’re unhappy about the way someone has treated you, don’t harbour the feelings of hurt. Tell the person how you feel. If you feel you have hurt someone else, or have been unkind, contact them and tell them how you feel, and that you are sorry for your conduct. Harder still, is to be truthful to yourself about yourself – to expose your egoic self to itself. Until we are absolutely true and faithful to ourselves, we will never be truly happy inside.

Author Unknown
Happiness is the feeling you're feeling when you want to keep feeling it.

Comment: Hmmm. Quite a neat way of describing happiness.

Author Unknown
Jumping for joy is good exercise.

Comment: And the more one can feel that joy, the more exercise one gets.

Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

Comment: Brilliant! And the same goes for enlightenment. The quest for enlightenment can involve a lifetime of denial, strenuous discipline, or many varied forms of hope and anticipation of the great day when enlightenment will come to us. And it often leaves in its trail a life where the day-to-day joys and experiences of happiness are overlooked, in favour of that “one day” in the future when we will at last find God, nirvana, bliss, freedom
and joy.

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Joseph Joubert

Joseph Joubert
Misery is almost always the result of thinking.

Comment: I wonder if the word “almost” should actually be there. “Thoughts become things.” Thoughts are vibrations and according to the well-publicised “law of attraction”, the thoughts we hold emanate vibrations that attract things, people, circumstances and experiences whose vibrations match those of what we think – both at an active conscious level and at a deeper level of what one might call belief. So, in the end, we are solely responsible for our experiences in life (as hard as that might be for some to accept). What we think, is what we get. So it figures that if we accept that philosophy, then if we experience misery then we have thought that experience into being.

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