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20 Happiness Quotes That Can Bring You Joy in Life

20 Happiness Quotes That Can Bring You Joy in Life

At this time of year, summer should be slowly rising up to meet us, the sun should start shining and we should all be smiling a little more brightly. If the blue skies and good vibes haven’t quite crept their way to your part of the world yet, worry not. These 20 thought-provoking, smile-invoking quotes should surely help to warm your heart and bring a little joy and happiness into your life.

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
– John Lennon

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

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    “Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”
    – Immanuel Kant

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      “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
      – Oprah Winfrey

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        “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”
        – Mark Twain

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          “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. ”
          – Mother Teresa

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            “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
            – Martin Luther King, Jr.

            “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
            – Max Ehrmann

            “When someone else’s happiness is your happiness, that’s love”
            Lana Del Ray

            “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ”
            – Lucille Ball

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              “I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.”
              – Drew Barrymore

              “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.”
              –Charles Dickens

              “Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong.’”
              – Marianne Williamson

              “I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
              – Henry David Thoreau

              “Happiness is perfume, you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself.”
              – James Van Der Zee

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                “Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.”
                – Boethius

                “One must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.”
                –Leo Tolstoy

                “Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.”
                – Aristotle

                “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
                – Groucho Marx

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                  “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”
                  – Paul Simon

                  “Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
                  – Hunter S. Thompson”

                  “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
                  – Joseph Addison

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                    30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                    30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                    In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                    1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                    Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                    2. Focus on your breath

                    Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                    3. Get organized and purge old items

                    A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                    4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                    Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                    5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                    Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                    6. Smile more

                    Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                    7. Don’t worry about the future

                    As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                    8. Eat real food

                    The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                    9. Choose being happy over being right

                    Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                    10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                    Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                    11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                    You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                    12. Get comfortable with silence

                    When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                    13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                    So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                    14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                    Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                    15. Speak more slowly

                    Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                    16. Don’t procrastinate

                    Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                    17. Buy a coloring book

                    Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                    18. Prioritize yourself

                    You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                    19. Forgive others

                    Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                    20. Check your expectations

                    Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                    21. Engage in active play

                    Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                    22. Stop criticizing yourself

                    The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                    23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                    Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                    24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                    Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                    25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                    Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                    26. Manage your money

                    Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                    27. Stop trying to control everything

                    Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                    28. Practice affirmations

                    Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                    29. Get up before sunrise

                    Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                    30. Be yourself

                    Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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