The personal key to happiness
Happiness as a byproduct of living your life is a great thing. But happiness as a goal is a recipe for disaster.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
The easiest way for us to gain happiness is to learn how to want the things we already have.
We don't need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.
One of the most striking research findings is the power of active retrieval—testing—to strengthen memory, and that the more effortful the retrieval, the stronger the benefit.
No one creates a great life without reconnecting to the enthusiasm experienced in childhood.
I will live this day as if it is my last. …I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, Yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?” I will live this day as if it is my last. This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?
We need a different conception of happiness, more enduring and more genuine, not dependent on external circumstances.