Being happy is something we all strive for. Enjoy these great quotes to help you draw more happiness into your life.
1. “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
We’ve all been drawn to that person who good things seem to happen to. And it’s highly likely that such a person is both positive and happy. The thing is, good attracts good and bad attracts bad – and happiness (and therefore unhappiness) attracts the same. Happy people draw similar people towards them – they refuse to surround themselves with negative energy.
But actually, what’s occurring here is about the way we view the events and happenings of our lives. When you’re in a good state of mind (AKA happy), you’re in a far better position to deal positively with life’s challenges. On the flip side, when you’re down, or unhappy, even the smallest hiccup can seem like a monumental event. Looking for the positive in even the worst scenario can have a profound effect on our happiness.
2. “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling” – Margaret Lee Runbeck
Striving for something is good. But if doing so doesn’t make you happy, then not only is it likely that you won’t reach your goal, but you’ll make yourself miserable doing so. You need to appreciate the journey you’re taking along the way. Do that, and not only will the steps you take become easier, but each one will bring you happiness as well.
3. “My ultimate goal is to end up being happy. Most of the time” – Taylor Swift
Happiness is something we all want. But it’s ok to realize that on occasion, life’s going to throw something at us that brings the opposite. The biggest thing that positive people understand is how to deal with those challenges. And hey, a little bit of sadness along the way makes us appreciate the happy times even more. Just as long as the happy times outweigh the bad, then you’re doing just fine.
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
When life throws us a curve ball, it’s all too easy to focus on what we’ve just lost, rather than looking up and ahead. This is natural – we all need time to grieve on what has just passed. But the trick is not to allow such an event to prevent us from looking forward – because there is always a way forward. Learning to do this in times of grief can have a truly positive effect on your happiness.
5. “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have” – Woody Allen
Ah, this is such a truism, but one that many of us are guilty of not managing. Spend a little time each day focusing on the good things in your life, rather than what you perceive would make your life better. Family, friends, health, employment, your pets… It doesn’t matter what these things are, but taking time out to appreciate what you do have, rather than what you think you might like, is a huge step towards having a happier life.
6. “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” – Abraham Lincoln
‘Tis very true – it’s possible to think yourself happy. And on the flip side, it’s very easy to think yourself unhappy. If you go about your day thinking that bad things are going to happen, or that people are going to hack you off, then in all likelihood this is what will happen. But if you have the mindset that whatever happens, you’re not going to sweat the small stuff, you’ll be amazed at the difference this has in your level of happiness.
7. “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Being angry is a natural human emotion. And can be a healthy one. But holding onto anger certainly isn’t healthy. All the time you allow anger to keep its grip on you, you’re denying yourself the ability to move on and be happy. One key to letting go of anger is to forgive whoever or whatever has caused it. Anger is destructive, but only to the one who feels it. Give yourself a break, allow yourself to forgive, and happiness will once again be within your grasp.
8. “Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right” – Sarah Addison
Yes, happiness is something that might, one day, be torn from your grasp. But that’s absolutely not a reason to deny yourself. If you’ve ever been so happy that you’re scared it will end, then you’ll know exactly what’s meant by this quote.
True happiness often comes from taking a risk – be it taking that job overseas, leaving a relationship that doesn’t make you truly happy, purposely taking yourself out of your comfort zone, or something along those lines. Go for it, because only by challenging yourself will you truly find what makes you tick.
9. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others” – Albert Camus
This is oh-so-true. Whilst it’s important to take on board the opinions of those we love and respect, what we mustn’t do is allow other people’s ideals stop us being the person we really are. Some of the happiest people out there are those who’re a little ‘different’. Allow yourself to be true to what matters to you – it really is the key to contentment within yourself.