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Everlasting Happiness December 5, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Thoughts on happiness:

(1) Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

(2) People who have a positive attitude about their past, enjoy the present, and focus on goals for the future are the happiest.  A sense of well-being depends on having a balance between these elements. ~ Science Daily

(3) Happiness for external reasons (especially hedonistic pleasures) can always be taken away. It is happiness for “no reason” that we want to cultivate.

Thubten Yeshe ~ Wikipedia (Fair Use)

(4) ‎Without understanding how your inner nature evolves, how can you possibly discover eternal happiness?

Where is eternal happiness?

It’s not in the sky or in the jungle; you won’t find it in the air or under the ground.

Everlasting happiness is within you, within your psyche, your consciousness, your mind.

That’s why it’s important that you investigate the nature of your own mind.

~ Lama Thubten Yeshe

(5) Happiness is NOT having MORE . . . it’s being content with LESS and knowing when Enough is Enough.

(6) There is a Tibetan saying: “at the door of the miserable rich man sleeps the contented beggar.” The point of this saying is not that poverty is a virtue, but that happiness does not come from wealth ~ it comes from setting limits to one’s desires, and living within those limits with satisfaction.  ~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama

(7) Many writers, poets, and artists are tortured souls. Looking for truths to share, they see vast gaping holes between the illuminated windows.  In time, that darkness becomes “too much” to bear.

When we hold on to things that cause us pain, stress and unnecessary suffering, we follow their lead.  Just for today, let them go.  Allow yourself to be stress-free and happy.

(8) When we’re in the flow of life:  Chaos recedes. Harmony prevails. Peace surfaces. Happiness reigns.

(9) Every new moment gives us the chance to choose not to dwell on the negatives by embracing the positives.

After all, if kids with cancer can laugh and smile and sing and dance and  be silly . . .  can’t we?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  The Space of Contentment (Love is the Answer) * Occupy Blogosphere ~ 19 (Wightrabbit’s Blog) * Being Wealthier by Living with Less (Love is the Answer) * People with “Balanced Time Perspective” More Likely to Call Themselves Content (Science Daily) * Curriculum Vitae (Kate Shrewsday) * 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy (Finer Minds)