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110 Happiness Quotes That Will Make You Smile Instantly

110 Happiness Quotes That Will Make You Smile Instantly

If I ask you to rate your happiness from 1 to 10, what will be your score? According to the latest World Happiness Report, Americans ranked as the 13th happiest country in the world while Denmark ranked No. 1.[1]Very often we’ll have to go through some downtimes. At our darkest moments, what we need most is some motivation and encouragement.Inspiring quotes can change your way of thinking and help you get away from negative emotions.If you, or your friends, are feeling lost, these 110 quotes will give you a hand of help:

  1. “If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.” – Chinese Proverb
  2. True happiness is…to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  3. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  4. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”– Helen Keller
  5. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”– Aristotle
    • “Happiness is acceptance.”–Unknown
    • “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”–James M. Barrie
    • “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”–Confucius
    • What ever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.
      • “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”–Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
      • “Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.”–Rose Lane
      • Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
        • “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”–Albert Ellis
        • “Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”–William Feather
        • “Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”–Buddha
        • “The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”–Andre Maurois
        • There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy.
          • “Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”–Marquis de Condorcet
          • “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”–Mary Lou Retton
          • “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.”–Dalai Lama
          • “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”–Joseph Campbell
          • “Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.”–Leo Tolstoy
          • “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”–Abraham Lincoln
          • “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”–Unknown
          • “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”–Morris West
          • you are responsible for your own happiness.
            • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”–Mark Twain
            • “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”–Thich Nhat Hanh
            • “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”–Eskimo Proverb
            • “To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”–Mary Stuart
            • The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go. –Dodinsky
            • What consumes your mind, controls your life.
              • “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”–Epictetus
              • “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 Keonig
              • “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”– Herman Cain
              • “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”– Marcel Pagnol
              • “Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”– Unknown
              • “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”– Albert Camus
              • “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”– Ashley Montagu
              • Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so. – Robert Green Ingresoll
              • Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn
              • Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
              • Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
                • “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson
                • “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”–Albert Camus
                • Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.
                  • “You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes”.”–Lauren Oliver
                  • “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”–Bertrand Russell
                  • “What I do maintain is that success can only be one ingredient in happiness, and is too dearly purchased if all the other ingredients have been sacrificed to obtain it.”–Bertrand Russell
                  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”–Dr. Seuss
                  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”–Oscar Wilde
                  • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”–Winston S. Churchill
                  • “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”–J.R.R. Tolkien
                  • “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”–Victor Hugo
                  •  One of the happiest moment in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
                    • Focus on the good.
                      • Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens. – Andy Rooney
                      • Exist to be happy, not to impress.
                        • “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”– Helen Keller
                        • “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”– Alphonse Karr
                        • Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.
                          • “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”–Roy T. Bennett
                          • “Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.”–Roy T. Bennett
                          • “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”–Charlie Chaplin
                          • “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”–Ayn Rand
                          • “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”–Steve Maraboli
                          • “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”–Friedrich Nietzsche
                          • “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”–Rita Mae Brown
                          • “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”–Marcus Aurelius
                          • “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”–Nicolas Chamfort
                          • Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think. –Buddha
                            • “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”–Anne Frank
                            • “After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.” ― Walt Disney Company
                            • “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
                            • “The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ― David Steindl-Rast
                            • “The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”― Brian Tracy
                            • Rule your mind or it will rule you.―Buddha
                              • “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”― Marcel Proust
                              • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.
                                • “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.”― Leo Buscaglia
                                • Surround yourself with people who get you.
                                  • “Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy, and make the most of where you are” ―Germany Kent
                                  • Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.―John Harrigan
                                  • “Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” ―Joshua Kai
                                  • A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.―Tom Wilson
                                  • “A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”― William Arthur Ward
                                  • “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”― Douglas Adams
                                  • “As you change your point of view, your views bring about a change in you.” ―George Alexiou
                                  • Happiness is not the absence of the problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.―Steve Maraboli
                                  • “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”― Andy Rooney
                                  • “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”― James Oppenheim
                                  • “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”― Benjamin Disraeli
                                  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
                                  • If you want to give light to others, you have to glow yourself.
                                    • When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.
                                      • “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”―Robert Anthony
                                      • “The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.”―Aesop
                                      • If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”―Andy Rooney
                                      • “On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.”―Eckhart Tolle
                                      • Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.―Dale Carnegie
                                      • “For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.”―Seneca
                                      • Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable. – Leo Rosten
                                      • “The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.” ― Shannon L. Alder
                                      •  It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. –Charles Spurgeon
                                      • “If you always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don’t, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way.” ― Matt D. Miller
                                      • Take time to make your soul happy.
                                        • “The good life doesn’t knock on the door. Joy is a job.” ―Lionel Shriver
                                        • “There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.” ― Frederick William Faber
                                        • “One must have sorrow to truly appreciate joy.” ― Megan Hart
                                        • Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.

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                                          The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                                          The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                                          In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

                                          Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

                                          Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

                                          Conflicts are literally everywhere.

                                          Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

                                          Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

                                          Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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                                          Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

                                          Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

                                          Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

                                          The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

                                          Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

                                          Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

                                          How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

                                          Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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                                          Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

                                          Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

                                          How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

                                          Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

                                          Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

                                          Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

                                          How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

                                          Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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                                          Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

                                          Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

                                          How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

                                          Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

                                          Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

                                          Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

                                          How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

                                          Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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                                          Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

                                          Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

                                          How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

                                          Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

                                          Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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