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Happiness

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“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ~ Chris McCandless, Into the Wild

 

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“Modern western man has some basic misconceptions about the nature of happiness.  The origin of the word is instructive: happiness stems from the root verb to happen, which implies that our happiness is what happens.  Simple people in less complicated parts of the world function in this manner and exhibit a happiness and tranquility that is a puzzle to us.  How can a peasant in India with so little to be happy about be so happy?  Or how can the peon in Mexico, again with so little to be happy about, be as carefree as he appears?  These people know the art of happiness, contentment with what is.  Their happiness is what happens.  If you can not be happy at the prospect of lunch it is not likely you will be happy over anything.” ~ Robert A. Johnson, He

 

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“So many people feel that they have to wait for certain experiences in order to feel the emotions they desire. For instance, they don’t give themselves permission to feel loved or happy or confident unless a particular set of expectations is met. I’m here to tell you that you can feel any way you choose at any moment in time.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

 

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“If we want to be high-functioning and happy, we need to re-learn how to be still. When we feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for us to get everything done, when we wish for more time… we don’t actually need more time. We need more stillness. Stillness to recharge. Stillness so that we can feel whatever it is that we feel. Stillness so that we can actually enjoy this life that we are living.” ~ Christine Carter, Greater Good

 

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“There’s a big difference between an affirmation and a question.  When you say to yourself, “I’m happy; I’m happy; I’m happy,” this might cause you to feel happy if you produce enough emotional intensity, change your physiology and therefore your state.  But in reality, you can make affirmations all day long and not really change how you feel.  What will really change the way you feel is asking, “What am I happy about now?  What could I be happy about if I wanted to be?  How would that make me feel?”  If you keep asking questions like this, you’ll come up with real references that will make you begin to focus on reasons that do in fact exist for you to feel happy.  You’ll feel certain that you’re happy.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within