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110 Happiness Quotes That Will Make You Smile Instantly

110 Happiness Quotes That Will Make You Smile Instantly
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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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                                          How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

                                          How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)
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                                          You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

                                          Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

                                          Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

                                          Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

                                          1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

                                          According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

                                          “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

                                          Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

                                          Warming up

                                          If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

                                          If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

                                          Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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                                          1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
                                          2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
                                          3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

                                          Stay hydrated

                                          Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

                                          To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

                                          Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

                                          Meditate

                                          Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

                                          Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

                                          Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

                                          Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

                                          2. Focus on your goal

                                          One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

                                          Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

                                          Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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                                          Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

                                          If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

                                          3. Convert negativity to positivity

                                          There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

                                          ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

                                          It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

                                          Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

                                          Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

                                          Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

                                          4. Understand your content

                                          Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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                                          However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

                                          “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

                                          Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

                                          Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

                                          One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

                                          5. Practice makes perfect

                                          Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

                                          In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

                                          Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

                                          6. Be authentic

                                          There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

                                          Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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                                          Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

                                          To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

                                          With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

                                          Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

                                          7. Post speech evaluation

                                          Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

                                          Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

                                          We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

                                          You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

                                          Improve your next speech

                                          As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

                                          Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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                                          • How did I do?
                                          • Are there any areas for improvement?
                                          • Did I sound or look stressed?
                                          • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
                                          • Was I saying “um” too often?
                                          • How was the flow of the speech?

                                          Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

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