“My life is my message.” Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Gandhi, titled Mahatma, or great soul, is perhaps the most revered figure of the twentieth century. He was an immensely influential political and spiritual leader who achieved India’s independence from Britain during a long and difficult campaign of non-violence.
His gentleness and wisdom are remembered and continue to influence millions of people today.
21 of his sayings are repeated here, grouped under three headings: LIFE, ACTION and HEALTH/HAPPINESS. How can you use these Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence? Copy your favorite from each section onto a sticky note. Place them where you’ll read them every day. They’ll give you encouragement to believe in yourself and to build on your self-confidence. Maybe you, too, can change even one little thing in this world for the better.
LIFE Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.
1. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
2. “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”
3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
4. “Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”
5. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
6. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”Advertising
7. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
ACTION Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.
8. “Action expresses priorities.”
9. “To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
10. “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
11. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
12. “Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.”
13. “Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.”
14. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
HEALTH and HAPPINESS Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.
15. “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
16. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
17. “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
18. “Each one has to find his peace from within.”
19. “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world . . . as in being able to remake ourselves.”
20. “Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
21. “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry.”
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Last Updated on July 18, 2019
What Makes People Happy? 20 Secrets of “Always Happy” People
Some people just seem to float through life with a relentless sense of happiness – through the toughest of times, they’re unfazed and aloof, stopping to smell the roses and drinking out of a glass half full.
They may not have much to be happy about, but the simplicity behind that fact itself may make them happy.
It’s all a matter of perspective, conscious effort and self-awareness. Listed below are a number of reasons why some people are always happy.
1. They Manage Their Expectations
They’re not crushed when they don’t get what they want – or misled into expecting to get the most out of every situation. They approach every situation pragmatically, hoping for the best but being prepared for the worst.
2. They Don’t Set Unrealistic Standards
Similar to the last point, they don’t live their lives in a constant pursuit towards impossible visions of perfection, only to always find themselves falling short of what they want.
3. They Don’t Take Anything for Granted
Happiness rests with feeling fulfilled – those who fail to stop and appreciate what they have every now and again will never experience true fulfillment.
4. They’re Not Materialistic
There are arguing viewpoints on whether or not money can really buy happiness; if it can, then we know from experience that we can never be satisfied because there will always be something newer or better that we want. Who has ever had enough money?
5. They Don’t Dwell
They don’t sweat the small things or waste time worrying about things that don’t really matter at the end of the day. They don’t let negative thoughts latch onto them and drain them or distract them. Life’s too short to worry.
6. They Care About Themselves First
They’re independent, care for themselves and understand that they must put their needs first in order to accommodate the needs of others.
They indulge, aim to get what they want, make time for themselves and are extremely self-reliant.
7. They Enjoy the Little Things
They stop to smell the roses. They’re accustomed to find serenity when it’s available, to welcome entertainment or a stimulating discussion with a stranger when it crosses their path. They don’t overlook the small things in life that can be just as important.
8. They Can Adapt
They’re not afraid of change and they work to make the most out of new circumstances, good or bad. They thrive under pressure, are not overwhelmed easily and always embrace a change of pace.
9. They Experiment
They try new things, experience new flavors and never shy away from something they have yet to experience. They never order twice from the same menu.
10. They Take Their Time
They don’t unnecessarily rush through life. They work on their own schedule to the extent that they can and maneuver through life at their own relaxing pace.
11. They Employ Different Perspectives
They’re not stuck in one perspective; a loss can result in a new opportunity, hitting rock bottom can mean that there’s no where to go but up.
12. They Seek to Learn
Their constant pursuit of knowledge keeps them inspired and interested in life. They cherish information and are on a life-long quest to learn as much as they can.
13. They Always Have a Plan
They don’t find themselves drifting without purpose. When something doesn’t go as planned, they have a plan for every letter in the alphabet to fall back on.
14. They Give Respect to Get It
They are respectful and, in turn, are seen as respectable; the respect they exude earns them the respect they deserve.
15. They Consider Every Opportunity
They always have their eyes open for a new road, a new avenue worth exploring. They know how to recognize opportune moments and pounce on them to make the most of every situation. Success is inevitable for them.
16. They Always Seek to Improve
Perpetual self-improvement is the key towards their ongoing thirst for success. Whatever it is they do, they take pride in getting better and better, from social interactions to mundane tasks. Their pursuit at being the best eventually materializes.
17. They Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
They’re not ones to get offended easily over-analyze or complicate matters. They laugh at their own faults and misfortunes.
18. They Live in the Moment
They don’t live for tomorrow or dwell on what may have happened yesterday. Every day is a new opportunity, a new chapter. They live in the now, and in doing so, get the most out of every moment.
You can learn how to do so too: How to Live in the Moment and Stop Worrying About the Past or Future
19. They Say Yes
Much more often than they say no. They don’t have to be badgered to go out, don’t shy away from new opportunities or anything that may seem inconvenient.
20. They’re Self-Aware
Most important, they’re wholly aware of themselves. They self-reflect and are conscious of their states of mind. If somethings bothering them, they fix it.
We’re all susceptible to feeling down every now and again, but we are all equipped with the necessary solutions that just have to be discovered.
Lack of confidence, inability to feel fulfilled, and susceptibility to stress are all matters that can be controlled through the way we handle our lives and perceive our circumstances.
The main philosophy employed by the happiest includes the idea that life’s simply too short: life’s too short to let things get you down, to take things for granted, to pursue absolute and unrealistic perfection.
For some, employing these characteristics is a second nature – they do it without knowing. For others, a conscious effort must be put forth every now and again. Self-Awareness is key.
More About Happiness
- How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up
- How to Be Happy Again: 13 Simple Ways to Shake off Sadness Now
- How to Be Happy: Why Pursuing Happiness Will Make You Unhappy
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