Your thoughts on: Happiness

(Submitted by Codi Brock, USA)

This isn't quite my own thought, but a very good friend told it to me during a pretty low part of my life ...'The key to happiness is to focus on the good in life. Pleasant things last longer and happen more often than the unpleasant. It's merely our choice to focus on the bad things which happen, and so they seem to stick around longer.

Thirty-three happy moments

Chin Shengt'an, China

(Submitted by Oliver Brooks, England)

Whilst stranded in a temple with a friend for ten days on account of rainy weather, Chin Shengt'an, 17th century Chinese playwright, counted the truly happy moments of human life, moments in which the spirit is inextricably tied up with the senses:

Happiness belongs ...

Arthur Schopenhauer, Germany

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to change.

We can learn a lot

Madhu Suri Prakash, India

(Submitted by the author)

We can learn a lot from older traditions that focused on being good rather than feeling good and measured happiness in lifetimes, not moments.

My utopia

Kurt Vonnegut, USA

(Submitted by Cory Stewart, USA)

Human beings will be happier not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie, but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia.


Jehangir Sarosh, India

(Submitted by the author)

For me life is an adventure through its ever-changing nature.

The acceptance of change enables me to be alive and enjoy the wonder and challenge of not knowing what is around the corner.
Being alive enable me to love what I am, where I am and who I am with.
Sometimes I hope for more of what I have, sometimes I hope for things to be different.
But all this is in the mind, so by recognising or seeing what the mind is doing to me, I can be miserable or happy.


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Hungary

Ah, is this not happiness?

Chin Shengt'an, China

(Submitted by Oliver Brooks, England)

To find accidentally a handwritten letter of some old friend in a trunk. Ah, is this not happiness?

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