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20 Motivational Quotes about Life that Lead to True Happiness

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20 Motivational Quotes about Life that Lead to True Happiness

Don’t you just love an inspiring quote? Quotes are not just interesting tidbits of wisdom and inspiration, but if we really pay attention to the wisdom they have to offer, if we take the time to truly digest it, absorb it and hopefully act upon it, it can actually make a real difference in the experience of our lives. Why not learn from the wisdom of others who have found their paths to “True Happiness?”

Here are some of my favorite inspirational Happiness quotes about life.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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    “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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      “Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young

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        “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

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          ”I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”- Martha Washington

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            “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. ‘ – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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              “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. – Thomas Jefferson

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                “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. – Marcus Aurelius

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                  “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus

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                    “True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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                      “True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

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                        “Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.” – Jose Marti

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                          “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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                            “Rules for Happiness: Something to do, Someone to love, Something to hope for.” ― Immanuel Kant

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                              “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” – Carl Sandburg

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                                “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

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                                  “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck

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                                    “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”  – Michael J. Fox

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                                      “Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.” – Linus Pauling

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                                        “The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.” – Charles L. Morgan

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                                          Though finding, or perhaps more accurately, experiencing our own “True Happiness,” is up to us, we can certainly find inspiration in the thoughts, words and lives of others to help us along our journey.

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                                          10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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                                          10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

                                          We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

                                          A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

                                          So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

                                          • honest
                                          • reliable
                                          • competent
                                          • kind and compassionate
                                          • capable of taking the blame
                                          • able to persevere
                                          • modest and humble
                                          • pacific and can control anger.

                                          The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

                                          1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

                                          All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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                                          But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

                                          2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

                                          How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

                                          I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

                                          “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

                                          Abigail Van Buren

                                          3. How does this person take the blame?

                                          Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

                                          4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

                                          You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

                                          5. Read their emails.

                                          Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

                                          • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
                                          • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
                                          • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
                                          • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
                                          • Too many question marks can show anger
                                          • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

                                          6. Watch out for the show offs.

                                          Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

                                          7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

                                          A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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                                          Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

                                          8. Their empathy score is high.

                                          Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

                                          People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

                                          9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

                                          We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

                                          “One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

                                          Stendhal

                                           10. Avoid toxic people.

                                          These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

                                          • Envy or jealousy
                                          • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
                                          • Complaining about their own lack of success
                                          • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
                                          • Obsession with themselves and their problems

                                          Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

                                          Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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