Happiness is a notion everyone understands and seeks. It’s even stated in our Declaration of Independence, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Although we understand what it means and that we want it, it seems as though few have obtained it.
So the question remains, how do we create happiness in our lives?
Below are 7 eye opening quotes about attaining happiness:
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Thinking about issues pertaining to people, events, or other things that are not within our control is pointless because there is no way to change the given situation. However, what we can change is our attitude toward the given situation and the energy we spend thinking about it. One of the best ways to achieve this is by simply accepting the given situation for what it is with the understanding that it can’t be changed, and simply moving on by directing our thoughts and energy elsewhere.
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”
What our 16th President is trying to tell us is that we have the power within us to choose how happy we are. A great way to achieve this is by directing our focus away from all that doesn’t bring us happiness, and towards all that does; from what is negative in our life to what is positive. No matter who we are or what our current situation in life is, if we look around, we can always find something positive to direct our attention to.
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
Our mind is very powerful and it has the ability to go back into the past and relive events, or conversely, shoot forward into the future and conjure up events that haven’t even occurred yet. This can be a powerful mental ability when we use it properly, but since our mind has a bad habit of defaulting to what could go wrong due to primitive survival instincts, instead, we often use these mental abilities to focus on negative events and/or outcomes. But since we can’t change the past, and our future is untold, happiness is best found in the present; a place where we have the power to create change and take charge of our lives.
“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 that has been opened for us.”
Opportunities are abundant, but if we remain focused on what happened behind us, it can be exceedingly difficult to notice the opportunity that lies in front of us.
“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
I don’t know if you’re interested in fruit or the sound of a violin, but the point Einstein is attempting to make here is that happiness is more simple than we may imagine. I’m sure you can think of a time in your life when you were attending a big event or doing something grandiose and it gave you no joy. And I’m sure you can also think of a time when you were doing something so simple and having an absolute blast. Happiness is not complex or expensive. It’s more simple and much cheaper than it’s often portrayed.
“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
We don’t always have the answers to our problems. These situations can create confusion, which often leads to paralysis or inaction. When we’re stuck in a bad spot in life, we may not know the best route to take to get us out of the mess we’re in, but one thing is certain, if we do nothing, our situation will only get worse off. In other words, action is better than doing nothing.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
This quote is powerful because work takes up such a large part of our lives and when we’re not doing work we love, it can be extremely taxing on our emotions and energy. It’s very common to think of all work as painful, but this is a limiting belief. There is something for everyone out there, and when we find our passion and we’re doing work we love, time flies by and there’s an immense feeling of joy that is unmatched from any other experience. There is no feeling like overcoming a challenge and achieving what you set out to accomplish. If you haven’t found your passion yet, keep looking and don’t settle. Like all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.