Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thoughts on Happiness

On this beautiful Sunday in July, here are some thoughts on happiness:

 John Milton so beautifully stated: "The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell and a Hell of Heaven." 

John Homer Miller acknowledged: "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens." 

Helen Keller is famous for these words of wisdom: "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."

Aristotle was a Greek writer and philosopher (384 - 322BC). Here are two great quotes of his: "Happiness depends upon ourselves." And: "To live happily is an inward power of the soul." 

Democritus (460-370 BC), declared: "Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul." 

Epictetus a Greek philosopher (55 - 135) and a favorite of mine authentically said: "There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."

Sharon Salzberg advises us: "It doesn't matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn't matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years - we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on." 

Jim Thomson resolutely states: "I can only think of one thing greater than being happy and that is to help another to be happy, too."

Robert Browning proclaimed: "Oh, make us happy and you make us good. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) pronounced: "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." 

Bulwer has advised us: "Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best."

John Templeton instructs us by stating: "Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth... Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it."

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