Happiness Quotes - Road to Happiness in 5 Easy Steps

Posted February 27, 2012 by Denise Gangnes
Let's face it - this can be a depressing time of year for many of us. Failed New Year's resolutions, frigid temperatures, unpaid holiday bills... should I go on? Hey, if you feel this way, you're not alone! Winter can be challenging for keeping a positive attitude (unless you're "down under!"). Once we recognize that this is a sucky time of year and do something positive, we can climb out of that rut. To save you time, I've consulted with the happiness experts here at great-quotes.com and boiled down their advice to some core Happiness Quotes to lift those spirits! In the five minutes it will take to read this, you will feel better. Guaranteed.
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." This happiness quote from James Barrie opens the door to two practical suggestions: #1 - If you live in an area devoid of consistent sunshine, take Vitamin D! You'd be surprised how much this can affect your mental state. And #2 - Consider volunteering. Those who care about others bring joy to themselves as well. As well-known do-gooder Oprah Winfrey explains in one of her best happiness quotes, "I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become." (Gastronomically, this can be translated to "You are what you eat.")
BTW, am I the last person to know that Buddha wasn't actually rotund? Evidently it was fasting that led to Nirvana and his happiness quote, "Peace comes from within." Frankly, I think anybody whose image is consistently shown with a contented smile on their face should be listened to. Maybe, like Elvis, his followers just chose to immortalize him in his younger years before he gained a bunch of weight and started wearing white pantsuits.
But I digress. Not all people who fast are experts on happiness, but it worked for both Buddha and Gandhi, who gave us this happiness quote on the essence of self-fulfillment, "There is more to life than increasing its speed." Suggestion #3 - when you have finished reading this blog, try turning off the TV (unless you're watching one of those awesome exercise shows on cable), stand up and walk. Or run, or at least stretch! Even 10 minutes is a good start. If you're not in a position to exercise, just remember this quote from the wheelchair-bound Franklin Roosevelt "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." Take up painting, start an herb garden, learn a craft or read a book!
Maybe you just feel like you can't do any of these things because of external experiences out of your control. Meditate on one of Helen Keller's happiness quotes: "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 opened for us." Considering that she was both blind and deaf, this is pretty darned insightful. And a word to the wise from Michael Pritchard: "You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing." Suggestion #4 - Laugh more! Check out our Funny Quotes for a good start.

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven." George Bernard Shaw really hit the nail on the head with this happiness quote, also known as "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Moms, take note. Your attitude sets the tone of your household. Which brings us to our last recommendation #5: Put yourself first sometimes! Do what makes you happy and the effect will flow to those around you.
Feel better? Good! If you're craving more inspiration, there are more than 10,000 happiness quotes on this website to browse. If 2012 hasn't been stellar for you so far, try on this MMM mantra - Make March Memorable. Leave March madness to the sports fanatics!


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