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Especially in Western culture, we are conditioned to find happiness "out there". Many will seek it in a new relationship, better job, by moving or purchasing new and nicer "stuff". 

~ But as the enlightened have learned, the shiny quickly wears off leaving them repeating the same process over and over again. 

Didn't Einstein say something about the definition of insanity being repeating the same action and expecting a different result? Then by simply trying something different one can only experience a different result - One that is much more lasting, and within our control... 

If you want to be happy, be. ~ Lao Tzu,

Chinese mystic philosopher


Happiness is a Decision. ~ Idiom

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. Zhuangzi, Chinese 

Taoist philosopher 

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions; it is governed by our mental attitude. ~ Dale Carnegie, American writer and lecturer

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epictetus, Greek stoic philosopher 

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck The Bhudda

The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude. ~ The 14th Dalai Lama

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. ~ Carlos Casteneda, American Author

Money can't buy you happiness. ~ Idiom

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. ~ 1 Timothy 6:10, The Holy Bible

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~ Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 

Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mohandas Gandhi, Indian nationalist leader

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 been opened for us. 

Helen Keller, American writer, political activist and lecturer

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.~ Mark Twain, 
American writer, humorist and publisher

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.~ The 14th Dalai Lama 

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same Anne Frank, German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist 

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer and philosopher

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ The Buddha

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