Happiness

Life itself

Osho, India

(Submitted by Paula Blum, Canada)

Life itself is the most profound happiness possible for human consciousness.

Let's dance

Günter Grass, Germany

(Submitted by Simone Meinke, Germany)

We dance for the pure joy of it. In the kitchen to the record player. Because we've got it in us. All over ... it's not just in the legs. It comes from inside and runs all through you. In waves. From down below to up above. All the way to the scalp.

How to Be Happy Anytime

Leo Babauta, Guam

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

My friend Barron recently asked, “If you could be anywhere right now, doing anything you want, where would you be? And what would you be doing?”

And my answer was, “I’m always where I want to be, doing what I want to be doing.”

I’ve notice that in the past, like many people, I was always wishing I was doing something different, thinking about what I would do in the future, making plans for my life to come, reading (with jealousy) about cool things other people were doing.

It’s a fool’s game.

The Best Moments

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Hungary

(Submitted by Szóka Kóvacs, Hungary)

Contrary to what we usually believe, the best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times - although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to the limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.

A Wider Perspective

The Dalai Lama, Tibet

(Submitted by The Office of H.H. The Dalai Lama)

We can cultivate and achieve happiness, remove and eliminate suffering, provided we are able to engage in a practice which is in tune with the law of nature and in tune with how things actually exist. No matter how strong an individual is, we have to live as a human community.

The days that make us happy

John Masefield, England

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

The days that make us happy make us wise.

In order to fly

J.M. Barrie, Scotland

(Submitted by Iain Hall, Scotland)

In order to fly, you must think happy thoughts.

The right to happiness

Bertolt Brecht, Germany

(Submitted by Sabine Friedmann, Germany)

The right to happiness is fundamental: men live so little time and die alone.

Gross National Happiness

Jigme Y. Thinley, Bhutan

(Submitted by Rachel Potter, Australia)

Bhutan has undertaken the pursuit of happiness for all its citizens through four broad strategies or indicators, and is defined by our GNP or 'Gross National Happiness':

First, we are promoting sustainable and equitable socio-economic development, which can be measured to a large extent through conventional metrics.

Happy Talk

Oscar Hammerstein II, USA

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

I have an unusual statement to make. I am a man who believes he is happy. What makes it unusual is that a man who is happy seldom tells anyone. The unhappy man is more communicative. He is eager to recite what is wrong with the world, and he seems to have a talent for gathering a large audience. It is a modern tragedy that despair has so many spokesmen, and hope so few.

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