Happiness

07/16/2010 § Leave a comment

Happiness – overcoming not unknowable obstacles toward a known goal.

“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”
Ramana Maharshi
The healthiest response to life is joy. ~ Deepak Chopra

“Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.”
—Harold Kushner

“The wise person understands that his own happiness must include the happiness of others.” —Dennis Weaver

“The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.” —Abraham Lincoln

“I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.” —Martha Washington

Everybody wants a happy life. But sometimes people, in order to achieve a happy and successful life, rely entirely on external means like money and power. I think this is a mistake. Ultimately, the source of happiness and joyfulness is within ourselves. And once our mind is more calm and joyful, then our activities can be more effective. ~Dalai Lama

As long as we observe love for others and respect for their rights and dignity in our daily lives, then whether we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in the Buddha or God, follow some religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy. ~Dalai Lama:

Set A good Example There are many people one influences. The influence can be good or it can be bad. If one conducts his life to keep these recommendations, one is setting a good example. Others around one cannot help but be influenced by this, no matter what they say. Anyone trying to discourage you is trying to do so because they factually mean you harm or are seeking to serve their own ends. Down deep, they will respect you. Your own survival chances will be bettered in the long run since others, influenced, will become less of a threat. There are other benefits. Don’t discount the effect you can achieve on others simply by mentioning these things and setting a good example in your own right. The way to happiness requires that one set a good example for others.

Source free e-book The Way To Happiness ~ a Common Sense Guide To Better Living

Be Worthy of Trust Unless one can have confidence in the reliability of those about one, he, himself, is at risk. When those he counts upon let him down, his own life can become disordered and even his own survival can be put at risk. Mutual trust is the firmest building block in human relationships. Without it, the whole structure comes down. Trustworthiness is a highly esteemed commodity. When one has it, one is considered valuable. When one has lost it, one may be considered worthless.

One should get others around one to demonstrate it and earn it. They will become much more valuable to themselves and others thereby…

One should never permit another to give his or her word lightly and one should insist that when a promise is made, it must be kept. One’s own life can become very disordered in trying to associate with people who do not keep their promises. It is not a casual matter.

The way to happiness is much, much easier to travel with people one can trust.

Source The Way To Happiness ~ a Common Sense Guide To Better Living

Flourish And Prosper

Sometimes others seek to crush one down, to make nothing out of one’s hopes and dreams, one’s future and one, himself. By ridicule and many other means, another who is evil-intentioned toward one can try to bring about one’s decline.

For whatever reason, efforts to improve oneself, to become happier in life, can become subject of attacks. It is sometimes necessary to handle such directly. but there is a long-range handling that seldom fails.

What, exactly, are such people trying to do to one? They are trying to reduce one downward. They must conceive that one is dangerous to them in some way: that if one got up in the world, one could be a menace to them. so, in various ways, such seek to depress one’s talents and capabilities.

Some madmen even have a general plan that goes like this:   “if a becomes more successful, A could be a menace to me: therefore I must do all I can to make A less successful.” It never seems to occur to such that their actions might make an enemy out of a even thought he was no enemy before. It can be classed as an almost certain way for such madmen to get into trouble. some do it just from prejudice or because they “don’t like someone.”

But however it is attempted, the real object of such is to make their target grow less and fail in life.

The real handling of such a situation and such people, the real way to defeat

them, is to flourish and prosper.

Oh, yes, it is true that such people, seeing one improve his lot, can become frantic and attack all the harder. The thing to do is handle them if one must but don’t give up flourishing and prospering for that is what such people want you to do.

If you flourish and prosper more and more, such people go into apathy about it; they can give it up completely.

If one’s aims in life are worthwhile, if one carries them out with some attention to the precepts in this book, if one flourishes and prospers, one certainly will wind up the victor. And, hopefully, without harming a single hair on their heads.

And that is my wish for you: flourish and prosper!

Source free e-book The Way To Happiness ~ a Common Sense Guide To Better Living

“The perception of this law of laws awakens in the mind a sentiment which we call the religious sentiment, and which makes our highest happiness. Wonderful is its power to charm and to command. It is a mountain air. It is the embalmer of the world. It is myrrh and storax, and chlorine and rosemary. It makes the sky and the hills sublime, and the silent song of the stars is it. By it, is the universe made safe and habitable, not by science or power. Thought may work cold and intransitive in things, and find no end or unity; but the dawn of the sentiment of virtue on the heart, gives and is the assurance that Law is sovereign over all natures; and the worlds, time, space, eternity, do seem to break out into joy.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (Divinity School Address)

Joyfulness

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy. – Louise Bogan

HAPPINESS “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter.

It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely

material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for

happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner

peace.” – Dalai Lama

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is, to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be, and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” Anne Frank

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy – because we will always want to have something else or something more.”

Brother David Steindl-Rast

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  ~Dalai Lama

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first

for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”Helen Keller

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” – Albert Camus

“Happiness and peace do not follow when man is fed well, clothed well, housed well, and educated up to a good standard and employed under comfortable conditions, with no injury to health or security. There are many who have all these in plenty but who are yet worried or in pain or

discontented. They depend on the inner equipment of man,

not his outer skill or riches.”

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“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

“The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes to do but in liking what one has to do.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

 “Relative happiness, which is happiness depending on anything, must end in grief. It is man’s duty to meditate on God, Who is peace itself. Without having recourse to that which aids the remembrance of God there can be no peace .Have you not seen what life in this world is? The one to be loved is God. In Him is everything — Him you must try to find. ”Anandamayee Ma

As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love.

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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