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20 Definitions Of Happiness You Need To Know

20 Definitions Of Happiness You Need To Know

You may be successful and wealthy, but you won’t find your life meaningful without happiness. What is happiness and why do we want to find the pursuit to it? Here are the definitions of happiness, take some time to absorb the meaning of it:

  1. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
  2. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. – Dale Carnegie
  4. Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens. – Andy Rooney
  5. Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. – Joseph Wood Krutch
  6. Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable. – Leo Rosten
  7. Happiness is not something you experience, it’s something you remember. – Oscar Levant
  8. Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
  9. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. – Denis Waitley
  10. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. – Aristotle
  11. Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. – John Barrymore
  12. Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. – Don Marquis
  13. Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. – Maxim Gorky
  14. Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. – Bernard Meltzer
  16. 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
  17. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn
  18. Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing. – George Sheehan
  19. Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. – Theodore Isaac Rubin
  20. True happiness is…to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Last Updated on September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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