‘Happiness is not a goal . . . it’s a by-product of a life well lived’ – Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s interesting isn’t it how many people will say ‘I’ll be happy once I’ve . . .’. Maybe they think a new car will make them happy. Or maybe it’s a change of job or a move to a different house, town or country. Maybe it’s something smaller such as a presentation they are worrying about or even bigger such as a big win on the lottery. But can circumstances or events ever really make us happy? There’s no doubt they may help but if we are unhappy in ourselves, we will never be truly happy even if the most amazing things come our way.
This selection of quotes give some thoughts on happiness . . .
‘People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be’ – Abraham Lincoln
‘Happiness is not by chance, but by choice’ – Jim Rohn
‘Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things’ – Walt Disney
‘Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you’ – Beyonce
‘The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are’ – Goldie Hawn
‘Stop pushing so hard on the door looking for happiness. It opens inward’ – Tushar Mehta
‘The bottom line is that becoming happy is up to you. No one else can make you happy. And true happiness can never be built at the expense of others’ – Tina Turner
‘Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions’ – Dalai Lama
‘There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path’ – Buddha
‘Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness’ – Buddha
‘The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go’ – Dodinsky
‘One of the first steps to happiness is deciding that you want to be happy and knowing what that means . . . to be happy is a choice you make every day, every hour and refining and renewing that state is a constant pursuit’ – Julia Roberts
‘Being happy is the greatest form of success’ – unknown
‘Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people’ – unknown
‘Happiness is the best makeup’ – Drew Barrymore
‘Whatever makes your soul happy, do that’ – unknown
The tiny tweak for this week is to think about what little things make us happy and to spend more time doing whatever they are, making sure that at least one of them happens every single day. So many little things have the potential to really boost our day, whether it’s a walk in nature, a chat with someone you love, playing with a pet or reading a good book. What will you choose today?!
‘Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life’ – Omar Khayyam
Finally, remember that being present in the moment is the easiest way to be happy, so here is one to leave you with: ‘If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present’ – Roy T Bennett
Until next time xx