Friday, December 28, 2012

75 Happiness Quotes to Live By

Marc and Angel Hack Life

Practical Tips for Productive Living75 Happiness Quotes to Live By

Here are 75 happiness quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, to brighten your day and move your mindset in a positive direction.
  1. Smile every chance you get.  Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have.
  2. Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.
  3. Tell the negativity committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.  (Read Learned Optimism.)
  4. A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t get very far until you change it.
  5. In a world where you can be anything you want, BE YOURSELF.
  6. The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.
  7. It’s important to make someone happy, and it’s important to start with yourself.
  8. Life is not about making others happy.  Life is about sharing your happiness with others.
  9. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design into the present.
  10. If you settle for just anything, you’ll never know what you’re truly worthy of.
  11. Sometimes life gives you two options: losing yourself or losing someone else.  Regardless of the situation, don’t lose yourself.
  12. If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, you do have a pretty big problem.
  13. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present.  Only you give it power.
  14. Don’t worry too much about people who don’t worry about you.
  15. Know your worth!  When you give yourself to someone who doesn’t respect you, you surrender pieces of your soul that you’ll never get back.
  16. Sometimes you’ve got to emotionally let go of the things that once meant a lot to you, so you can move beyond the past and the pains they bring you, and open the next chapter in your life.
  17. If you want to get over a problem, stop mulling it over and talking about it.  Your mind affects your mouth, and your mouth affects your mind.  It’s nearly impossible to move beyond something when you’re obsessing over it.
  18. If it is detrimental to you emotionally, physically and spiritually, what choice do you have but to let go and flourish with self-respect.
  19. Saying goodbye is one of the most painful ways to solve a problem.  But sometimes it’s necessary.
  20. Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting, it means you choose happiness over hurt.
  21. Stop looking at what you have lost, so you can see what you have.
  22. Someone else is happy with far less than what you have.
  23. Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems.
  24. Sometimes people throw away something good for something better, only to find out later that good was actually good enough and better never even came close.
  25. In life, you get what you put in.  Everything comes back around.
  26. You can never change the past nor control the future, but you can change the mood of the day by touching someone’s heart with your smile.
  27. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
  28. Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
  29. It’s nice to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s also important to make sure you haven’t lost track of the things that money can’t buy.
  30. You don’t need a lot of money to lead a rich life.  Good friends and a loving family are worth their weight in gold.
  31. You will never fully believe in yourself if you keep comparing yourself to everyone else.  Instead, compare yourself to who you were yesterday.  (Read Authentic Happiness.)
  32. You won’t always be punished FOR your anger, but you will always be punished BY your anger.
  33. Give yourself permission to immediately walk away from anything that gives you bad vibes.  There is no need to explain or make sense of it.  Just trust what you feel.
  34. One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.
  35. As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.  Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.
  36. Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their dirty feet.
  37. It hurts the most when you start pretending it doesn’t.
  38. You are responsible for how you feel no matter what someone does to you. Remember, you are always in control of your thoughts so choose to feel confident and adequate rather than angry and insecure.
  39. Being kind to yourself in thoughts, words and actions is as important as being kind to others.
  40. Death is not the greatest loss in life; the greatest loss is what dies inside while you’re still alive.
  41. Only when we begin to be awake do we realize just how asleep we have been.
  42. You are always free to do something that makes you smile.
  43. You define your own life.  Don’t let other people write your life’s story for you.
  44. Don’t be afraid of change.  Oftentimes you will lose something good, and then gain something even better.
  45. Worry is a massive waste of time and energy.  It doesn’t change anything.  All it does is steal your joy and hinder your ability to make positive changes.
  46. If you want to be happy and bright, let go of your need to always be right.
  47. In life, you usually get what you ask for and it rarely comes in the package you think it’s supposed to come in.
  48. If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
  49. Life does NOT have to be perfect to be wonderful.
  50. You look the best when you wear your smile.  There is no beauty like the one that comes from inside you.
  51. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
  52. The time spent on hating is the time lost for living a peaceful, happy life.  It is a habit that controls what you see, what you say, what you do, and ultimately what you become.
  53. Sometimes you need to be alone to reflect on life.  Take time out to take care of yourself.  You deserve it.
  54. The good things we build end up building us.
  55. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
  56. The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.
  57. If you want your life to change, your choices and actions must change.  Every day brings a chance to start over.
  58. Good things don’t come to those who wait.  Good things come to those who pursue the goals and dreams they believe in.
  59. Don’t make a decision based solely on popularity. Just because other people are doing it doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for you.
  60. Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist.  Following your heart achieves a completed you.  (Read The Happiness Project.)
  61. Knowing yourself is one thing, but truly believing and living as yourself is another.  With so much social conditioning in our society, we sometimes forget who we are.  Don’t lose yourself out there.
  62. Of all the things that can be stolen from you – your possessions, your youth, your health, your words, your rights – what no one can ever take from you is your freedom to choose what you will believe in, and who and what your heart will love.
  63. When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and despair and cannot find your way out of the darkness, remember that this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.
  64. Take all the time you need to heal emotionally.  Moving on doesn’t take a day; it takes lots of little steps to be able to break free of your broken self.
  65. When you can forgive, yourself and others, and stop the imprisonment, you’re creating the love of your life.
  66. What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for.  You become what you believe.
  67. Keep your heart open to dreams.  For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.
  68. When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.  Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go, and just live in the moment.
  69. Even though you cannot control everything that happens, you can control your attitude toward what happens.  And in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
  70. Life will never be perfect, no matter how hard you try.  Even if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will never have that perfection you seek.  There will always be broken hearts, there will always be days where nothing goes right.  But you must accept and learn that even the most imperfect things will always be made better with love and laughter.  (Read Stumbling on Happiness.)
  71. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
  72. Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want; it is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have.
  73. Sometimes you just have to look back at your past and smile about how far you’ve come.
  74. Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.
  75. It’s not that everything will be easy or exactly as you had expected, but you must just choose to be grateful for all that you have, and happy that you got a chance to live this life, no matter how it turns out.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sense and Sensitivity

Hello Readers,
This article's subject, 'sensitivity' is near and dear to me prompting me to share it with you. I believe teaching/ education and inspiration are elements to understanding and improving our lives. Perhaps this topic doesn't fit for you though you know someone it might, please share. 
Sense and Sensitivity
They tear up at phone commercials. They brood for days over a gentle ribbing. They know what you're feeling before you do. Their nerve cells are actually hyperreactive. Say hello to the Highly Sensitive Person—you've probably already made him cry. 

Excerpts: "Today, science is validating a group of people whose sensitivity surfaces in many domains of life. Attuned to subtleties of all kinds, they have a complex inner life and need time to process the constant flow of sensory data that is their inheritance. Some may be particularly prone to the handful of hard-to-pin-down disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia

"Internalized by a highly sensitive child, ridicule can snowball into depression. Likewise, a “Nice job!” atop a book report might not seem like a game-changer, but to a sensitive child a little encouragement can have outsize effects, motivating a child to reproduce that behavior—say, by studying well for the next test. School and parenting practices can dramatically shape the development of highly sensitive children, who can thrive spectacularly in a mildly encouraging classroom or struggle endlessly in a slightly discouraging one, while a non-sensitive child would wind up about the same regardless of slight variations in the environment."

(Long article - an excellent read; in addition, Elaine Aron's Highly Sensitive Self-Quiz)

Continue to Sense and Sensitivity by clicking on the photograph 

Questions or comments are welcome! Being an HSP myself and a therapist I specialize in alternative therapies addressing issues accompanying the gifted and creative mind. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Always Had It, Always Will

Always Had It, Always Will
by Alan Cohen

Not this crude leather; luminous beings are we!
- Yoda

What would you do if someone swore that you knew the secret of life and put you on a stage to tell it? The Totally Hidden Video television show set up a hysterical prank on precisely this theme. For the gag, a Federal Express driver was asked to deliver a package to a religious temple (fabricated by the television show). Unknown to the driver, the pranksters had taken a photo of him and replicated it as a painted portrait, depicting the young man dressed in the royal regalia of the fictitious sect.

When the delivery man arrived, the disciples (actors hired by the program) took one look at him and began buzzing excitedly.

They ushered him to the front of the sanctuary and invited him to sit on a plush cushion of honor. Then they revealed to him that he was the chosen one, the long-awaited prophet foretold in their scriptures. To allay any doubts, a servant parted the altar curtain where, lo and behold, hung the majestic portrait of the deliverer, "painted by a visionary centuries ago."

"Please," begged a disciple, "give us some words of wisdom."

The driver surveyed the portrait and looked over the throng of expectant devotees. A hush fell over the assembly. He sat down on the pillow, took a deep breath, and spoke: "Life," the sage explained, "is like a river."

The disciples "oohed" and "aahed" on the heels of his utterance, hanging fervently on every sacred word.

"Sometimes life flows easily, and sometimes you encounter rocks and rapids," the guru illustrated, "but if you hang in there and have faith, you will arrive at the ocean of your dreams."

Again the students swooned with ecstasy. More "oohs" and "aahs." This was indeed the day they had been waiting for!

"Well, that's about it," Swami Fedex curtly concluded, "I have to go now and make some more deliveries."

Reluctantly the devotees rose, bowed reverently, and sheepishly cleared the way for the anointed one. Amid profuse veneration he made his way to the door.

Now here is the amazing postscript to the story: the program played the same trick on several Fedex drivers, each of whom found profound words the moment he sat on the cushion. The invitation to wax profound brought forth the inner wisdom in these unassuming fellows. Deep within our heart, each of us knows the truth. The answers we seek, the power we strive for, and the acknowledgement we attempt to gain, abide inside us. Given the opportunity (being placed on the cushion) or the challenge (being pushed against a wall) we know what we need to know, to do what we need to do.
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Imagine this prank were played on you - what would your deepest words of wisdom be? When receiving the honor that the drivers received, how do we also keep their awareness that deliveries have to be made, and avoid getting trapped by the attention we get? Can you share a personal story of a time when you were expected to share your deepest wisdom, and what arose in response?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Woman in the Mirror

Milestone Birthday:

The Woman in the Mirror
by Marilyn Jenett


Today, my birthday, December 7th, represents a milestone in history  Pearl Harbor Day. It also happens to be a shockingly clear milestone in my life. I won't reveal how many miles, but trust me, it's lots of stones indicating lots of miles.

The image in the mirror belies those travels, but the image in my mind and heart makes it pretty clear that our visit to this dimension is not indefinite (of course most teenagers will argue that fact).

It's become increasingly clear in my recent years that the most important benefit we can derive from these milestones is the ability to open ourselves to some greater meaning to our time here. Some people do this naturally and early. Most people are too darn busy with making money, making families, making careers, or just trying to make sense of it all to focus on a greater meaning for their existence.

I don't think I'm alone in wanting to make my time on this planet serve some purpose beyond myself. As I become aware of the multitudes of people who are opting out of passionless careers to enter some form of "healing" work, I know I'm not alone. And I don't mean healing from the standpoint of physical health, although that could be included. I'm talking about healing people's minds and spirits (and bank accounts), healing animals, healing the environment and the planet. The Universal parent that encompasses all of the above is...healing consciousness. And it all starts with healing our own.

Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror expressed this beautifully. He didn't write the lyrics but no other talent could have offered us the song with such brilliance. It represents a profound understanding of our individual capacity to care about others on a global level and to initiate change in the world by making the change within ourselves first. Below is the link to the performance that only Michael could deliver. It highlights some of the greatest people in our history who have changed our world (as well as some fainting teenagers).

Today we remember Pearl Harbor, but I'd also like to remember the "pearl harbored" by Michael's song.

This is all about becoming aware of what's transpiring beyond ourselves and our needs. This doesn't mean setting aside our own needs. To the contrary, I've discovered that not only by healing my consciousness can I heal others  but remarkably, by healing others, I heal myself!

We don't need to be a great talent or historical figure or even famous or global to do healing while we are here. A line from the Talmud, the book of Jewish law, reads: "Save one life, save the world." I don't know the Talmud, I've only heard of that line, but I think I now understand its meaning. I felt when I began to teach the Feel Free to Prosper program nine years ago, that if I could only help one person change their life for the better, it would all be worth it. It would be worth giving up a business making tens of thousands of dollars on a single corporate event in order to help individuals with the knowledge of how I changed my own life for the better. I became driven with the desire to give meaning to the time I have left here. I didn't forego the idea of making sizable profits. I merely decided to find a way to make those profits in a way that was consistent with my spiritually maturing values. I have no issues about even taking my teachings into the corporate world. Only the purpose now would be to prosper businesses with prosperity teachings, not elaborate partying (my former corporate business).

Today on this milestone birthday, I am taking a good look at the Woman in the Mirror and asking Infinite Intelligence for the guidance and direction to continue my chosen mission and further its success. I am asking for the ability to make the changes in my own consciousness that will make a difference for others too.

The Woman in the Mirror knows that success is not based on the latest brouhaha over marketing tools and networking skills or following every fad or trend like a lemming. She knows that success is born of a mother  Prosperity Consciousness  and a father  a Wisdom and Intelligence beyond our own. The rest are just details.

Anyone can talk to the Man or Woman in the Mirror. Milestone birthday optional.

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place

Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change

Man In the Mirror



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Marilyn Jenett, an accomplished business owner in the corporate arena, founded the Feel Free to Prosper program to mentor and teach others to become aligned with Universal laws and accept their right to prosper. For more information, visit