BONUS: an exercise to feel good

Charles Bukowski - German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer

If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.

Diane Von Furstenberg - Belgian fashion designer

You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.

Robert Holder - Director of The Happiness Project and Success Intelligence

Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of his theories of positive psychology and of well-being

When we take time to notice the things that go right - it means we're getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day.

Sonja Lyubomirsky - American professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of the bestseller The How of Happiness

...The more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic.

Gregg Krech - Executive Director of the ToDo Institute, a Naikan education and retreat center near Middlebury, Vermont

To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways in which we are supported by the world around us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Brené Brown - American professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host

We're a nation hungry for more joy: Because we're starving from a lack of gratitude.

The Dhammapada - Collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.

Wallace D. Wattles - American New Thought writer. He remains personally somewhat obscure, but his writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements

In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.