Saturday, 15 October 2011


Happiness must be distinguished from pleasure. Happiness is a concept involving something deeper, richer, more satisfying, more spiritual and therefore longer lasting than pleasure.

The key to happiness is not that you never get upset, irritated or frustrated. It is how quickly you snap out of it; It is not the absence of conflict, but your ability to cope with it.

We are responsible for our well-being, our happiness. The choices and decisions we make regarding our life directly influences the quality of our days.

All men have happiness as their object: there is no exception. However different the means they employ, they all aim at the same end. - Blaise Pascal

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves. - Ethel Percy Andrus

If we agree that the bottom line of life is happiness, not success, then it makes perfect sense to say that it is the journey that counts, not reaching the destination. - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. - Sigmund Freud

The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does; just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing. - Marcus Aurelius

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Joseph Addison

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly; and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue, and reasonable nature. - Marcus Aurelius

Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel towards what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much. - W. D. Hoard

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