Every Thursday I post a quote or thought for all of us to ponder.

My thought for this Thursday is about happiness, In fact, 10 thoughts to be exact, expressed in Top 10 happiness quotes I’ve chosen from my happiness archives. In my coaching and teaching experiences I find that many people use unhappiness to motivate themselves, whether they realize it or not. So often I hear, ” I don’t want to be happy, I just want to attract my perfect partner, then I can be happy.” It’s as though being happy first is not even an option. By staying unhappy, they think they will be more acutely aware, and vigilant in their search. If they were happy now, they’d forget that they wanted to find an ideal partner, and just be in lala land and alone. Why would they forget what they wanted, if they were happy?

What do you think?
We sometimes become accustomed to thinking that we have to get something from outside us in order to be happy. In truth, it works the other way. We can contact our inner Source of happiness, no matter what partner is in our life or not in the picture.

Here are 10 quotes to inspire happiness.

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
– Seneca

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
– Jim Rohn

“The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.”
–Thucydides

“The biggest lie on the planet: When I get what I want, I will be happy.”
– Source Unknown

“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”
–George Santayana

“Not what you have, but what you see; Not what you see, but what you choose; Not what seems fair, but what is true; Not what you dream, but what you do; Not what you take, but what you give; Not as you pray, but as you live. These are the things that mar or bless The sum of human happiness.”
–Source Unknown

“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”
–Source Unknown

Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy.”
– Veda Upanishads

“It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.”
– Sir Roger L’Estrange

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.”
–Chuang Tzu

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2 Responses to “Thoughtful Thursday: Happiness Quotes”

  1. Lenora Boyle says:

    Thank you Lawrence for Helen Keller's quote. I actually have that quote on my"about" page of my website: http://www.ChangeLimitingBeliefs.
    I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. Come back anytime!

  2. LAWRENCE CLAYTON says:

    Helen Keller:

    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 which has been opened for us.Yours is a nice blog.

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