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Not only is your happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be.

Not only is your happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a fundamental truth in life. If you think about some of your happiest moments in life, rarely are they solely about you. Even when you win […]

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They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. – Confucius What does that mean? To reuse words from the quote, this is about the only constant in life, and that is change. Everything around us is changing, and even we ourselves are changing. If we are to remain constant in our […]

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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? As is so often is the case, this Twitter friendly quote is just part of a longer quote. This is a slightly longer version of the quote: “In meeting men, in many places, I have […]

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Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. – Dale Carnegie What does that mean? The heart of this quote has been said many times, and in many different ways. This is the take on it from a businessman and personal excellence trainer. Far […]

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder What does that mean? That is profound. It posits that there is one time when we are truly alive, and feel the full vigor and vibrancy of the life of the world around us. The […]

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If we have peace of mind, we’ll always feel happy. Deceiving ourselves that money is the source of happiness, we won’t.

If we have peace of mind, we’ll always feel happy. Deceiving ourselves that money is the source of happiness, we won’t. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is specifically about the relationship between happiness and peace of mind. In fact, that is the first part of the quote in a nutshell. If we can […]

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Each moment of the happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life.

Each moment of the happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life. – Aphra Behn What does that mean? I laughed when I saw this quote. I know that this applies to loves other than romantic, which is the root of the quote. There have been times when my computer has been called […]

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Warm-heartedness is the key factor that allows me to smile and be happy, even in the company of strangers.

Warm-heartedness is the key factor that allows me to smile and be happy, even in the company of strangers. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? If you are feeling all mean and spiteful, how happy are you going to be? And it won’t matter if you are with strangers or not, because you simply won’t like […]

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What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. – Seneca and Aulus Gellius What does that mean? This is a quote about perspective. We all have something, even if it is only ourselves or our minds. Yes, I know, perhaps not. But that’s deeper into philosophy […]

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True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about relaxing and being ‘in the moment.’ How often do we hurry to get here or there? How often do we rush to finish something so that we can then rush to work on […]

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Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. – Oliver Wendel Holmes What does that mean? This is another romantic quote which I believe can also be applied to other situations in our lives. As we have discussed before, the word “love” has a very wide range of meanings. Yes, I believe that […]

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It is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves.

It is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is a reminder of something we all know, and have experienced, yet so often forget. This quote is a reminder of all the days […]

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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a great quote for the weekend. Consider the pleasure, as some call it, of a few drinks. That can be fun, even pleasurable. Now consider making the mistake of trusting your judgement while intoxicated. How […]

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Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

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 What does that mean? A slightly longer version of the quote is as follows: “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me […]

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Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. What does that mean? This quote is about the difference between giving and getting. As kids, I imagine most of us liked one a whole lot more than the other. But how has that changed as we have […]

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