Happiness. Everyone wants it, everyone seeks it. But do all find true happiness?
What is happiness? Is it the pursuit of dreams, hopes, ambitions and goals? Or is it, as some may say ‘living in the moment’, never taking a day for granted and living life to the fullest. For some its the love of a puppy, the joy of having a large, close-knit family, or according to some it is the reward of personal effort. The pursuit of happiness need not remain a mystery. Ernest Hemming way once stated that “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
Perhaps these lines with unveil what happiness truly is…
“Our happiness depends upon [the] cultivation of love, sympathy and true courtesy to one another.”
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa
“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”
― Charlotte Brontë
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
― Dale Carnegie
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
― Robert A. Heinlein
“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
― Mother Teresa
“Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley
Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.”
― Drew Barrymore
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
― Marcus Aurelius
“Be so happy so that when others look at you – they become happy too.”
“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”
― W.P. Kinsella
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What does true happiness mean to you?