Don’t worry, Be Happy!

HAPPINESS HAPPENS!

Guess what, folks?  It’s really ok to be happy!  Truly.  Some of the greatest minds think/thought so, too.  Happy quotes below.

Writers:

A heaven on earth. ~John Milton, Paradise Lost

If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.  ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

Happiness is a form of courage. ~Holbrook Jackson

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.Henry David Thoreau

A light heart lives long. ~William Shakespeare

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

~J.D. Salinger

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. ~Aristotle

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Koenig

U.S. Presidents:

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ~Barack Obama

America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the unalienable right for life. This right to life cannot be granted or denied by government because it does not come from government, it comes from the creator of life. ~George W. Bush

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. ~Bill Clinton

We are not the sum of our possessions. ~George H.W. Bush

Funny happiness:

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right? ~Charles Schultz

You can usually tell when I’m happy by the fact that I’ve gained weight.

~Christy Turlington

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. ~Don Marquis

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life. ~Oscar Wilde

Lessons to learn:  it’s not always about what one has:.

I have now reigned about 50 years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot. They amount to fourteen. ~Abd Er-Rahman III of Spain, 960 C.E.

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

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

You may think that you need a particular other person to be complete, or a specific job to be successful, or some other emotional or physical gratification to be happy. That is when you may wish to notice that you are here, right now, without it. Why, then, do you think you need it? Close examination will reveal that you do not need it, not even to be happy.  The irony is that when you move into happiness with or without that person or situation that you imagine you needed, you put yourself in a much better position to attract that person or situation. That is because happiness attracts. It is like a magnet. It is the highest energy, next to love. Indeed, happiness is love, felt. The trick, then, is to be happy before you have what you think you need in order to be happy. Do not wait until after you receive it—or you may never receive it. ~Neale Donald Walsch

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