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”For The Moment Of Happiness”

To remember

smile because it happened

  • you need to be happy
  • striving for more ~~makes us great < never wise to make happiness dependent on it
  • unrealistic expectations = set us up for failure
  • addiction to toxic people + activities brings us down

lessons to be happier

1. Don’t start with profundities.  > start with basics

2. Do let the sun go down on anger. > notion of anger catharsis = poppycock.

3. Fake it till you feel it. Feelings follow actions.

4. Realize anything worth doing = worth doing badly. Challenge & novelty = key elements of happiness.

5. Don’t treat blues with a “treat.”

6. Buy some happiness. basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, and good at what we do.

7. Don’t insist on the best. 2 types of decision makers. Satisficers + Maximizers => Satisficers happier than maximizers.

8. Exercise to boost energy. Exercise = most dependable mood-boosters.

9. Stop nagging. replace nagging with persuasive tools

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IMG_6614“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 
― Dr Seuss

What do you need to be happy? All too often, we list the things we want: a bigger house, a cooler car, a trip around the world, money for retirement, a new friend or lover.

While striving for more is one of the things that makes us great, it’s never wise to make your happiness dependent on it. All too often, it’s hard to bring the things we want into our lives.

But one thing you do have the power to do is let go of things you don’t want or need. Whether out of habit or because of peer pressure or family pressure, we often cling to poisonous thoughts, feelings, and individuals.

Our unrealistic expectations set us up for failure, and our addiction to toxic people and activities brings us down. And then we wonder why it’s…

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Kindness to Yourself

My Journey back to Love

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I met up with the person who told me I need to be with a man again. He looked happier this time which is good. I am happy for him. He continued to ask me different questions to see if there is any guy interested in me these days. I am not looking for one. I avoided mentioning any name and gender of my new friends but eventually after asking for a while in vain he finally asked me if there was any boy. Pretty much half of the time we were talking about it. To me he was forcing his opinion on me even though he said he wasn’t. I wish I was better then I would have been able to defend myself better.

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I care about him. He seems to have said all these things wanting what is best for me in his perception. He was…

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Looking at the place where you lost your happiness

Stop looking for your happiness at the place where you lost it.

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Zoek je geluk op de plaats waar je het bent kwijtgeraakt

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To be happy is to find…

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Dutch translation/ Nederlandse vertaling: Vinden om gelukkig te zijn

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“To be happy is to find
strength in forgiveness,
hopes in battles,
security on the stage of fear,
love in disagreements.
It is to thank God every minute
for the miracle of life” .

~ ( Augusto Cury)

Text & image source: Tania Rodrigues Araujo @ The Celestial Sanctum https://www.facebook.com/groups/celestialsanctum/

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Inspiration to Boost your Karma in the New Year

In a world where there is a growing decease of indifference let us make sure we are ready to be there for and to help others.

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Every year I like to review this list to bring good Karma to the year ahead, and beyond. This year I have added more self compassion and kindness towards others. Let me know what resonates with you this year.
  1. Keep your word.
  2. Be curious. Listen to understand.
  3. Show respect to everyone you encounter.
  4. Be respectful of those you haven’t met.
  5. Be a good friend.
  6. Look for the best in everyone.
  7. Be kind to others.
  8. Be kind to yourself.
  9. Forgive others.
  10. Forgive yourself.
  11. When you make a mistake say, “I’m sorry.
  12. Pour out your love when someone asks for it.
  13. Put your children’s needs before your own.
  14. When someone is speaking to you, be fully present and listen.
  15. Express yourself joyfully.
  16. Don’t be cruel with your words.
  17. Be grateful for everything you have. It is more than enough.
  18. Share your wisdom with those who ask for it.
  19. Give away what you…

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Seeking meaning, not happiness, will make you happier

A true believer in Christ Jesus even surrounded with lots of difficulties shall be able to receive the pleasures and well-being of their hope in the promises of God.
As such their happiness may be an unintended side effect of their personal dedication to a greater cause than many human pleasures and greater than oneself or as the by-product of their surrender to the Most High Divine Being, Jehovah God.

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Greeting a person to give happiness

Antidotes for Chimps

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One of the most stinging ironies of our species is the pursuit of happiness, an idea that is tragically self-defeating. Like the donkey being pushed forward by a glistening carrot that will forever elude him, pursuing happiness will position it just out of reach, but close enough for us to continue striving. It’s right there to be taken – so near and yet so far – if our grasping mitts were just a little longer.

As it turns out, happiness is incidental. It cannot be obtained by striving, and by doing so you’re making an ass of yourself. This is known as the paradox of hedonism, the idea that seeking happiness/pleasure only serves to hinder it, and in fact, you’re more likely to be happier if you quit your foolish efforts.

An example from Wikipedia illustrates the concept perfectly:

“Suppose Paul likes to…

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Greeting a person to give happiness

In case each individual were to greet every person that they meet, by giving them a warm smile, bowing, waving or through a firm hand shake, all of the energy will be positive.

The results or outcome of taking the initiative with just a mere friendly greeting would be a state of happiness. Then many people would respond in a similar manner, naturally. As we go through or experience our daily routine of our work and begin to socialize with other people, we may cause some small changes with our attitude or behavior toward others. As we go further, how many people actually listen to one another? Listening to other people also makes them happy and grateful. The mere effortless act of listening emphatically definitely costs us not even a single cent, but it truly makes everybody happy when we listen to them.

All that it requires is to give a little of our time to someone else. There is really no need to wait for the other person to make the first move or somebody else to be friendly and approachable first. When we create and initiate the positive action, we are setting the wheels of karma in motion and the end result is to find our own happiness. {Happiness Through Action}

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Related

  1. A word used too loosely
  2. Karma (/ˈkɑːrmə/; Sanskrit: कर्म, translit. karma, IPA: [ˈkərmə] ( listen); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).
  3. Karma We often hear a word ‘Karma’ which is being used from ancient days, actually means ‘Duty’.
  4. Destiny, Karma and Renunciation further explained…
  5. Out of difficulties grow miracles.
  6. Self Awareness is the key ingredient for Self Confidence.
  7. We all need to rest
  8. All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them
  9. We Must Understand the Soul to Heal Our Bodies
  10. You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around with
  11. Understanding karmic storylines
  12. Destiny is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.
  13. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth
  14. Lost in between
  15. The case for Obsession
  16. The winter sun
  17. The pitfalls of the all-or-nothing mindset
  18. Holiday feel… Oh December!
  19. Giving does not always equate to happiness
  20. Ahimsa…
  21. Allowing Others’ Joy
  22. A Life Lesson Still Being Learned
  23. Seeking meaning, not happiness, will make you happier
  24. Mindfulness is Happiness
  25. Paradise…
  26. All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them

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Secret of happiness


“The secret of happiness is:
Find something more important than you are
and dedicate your life to it.”
Dan Dennett


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Het geheim van geluk

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don’t look at me in that tone of voice!

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice.
Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice.
Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Roy T. Benett

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“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
Kurt Vonnegut

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I have often been fascinated by people’s perspectives; the fact that two people can look at the same thing or event and experience totally opposite emotions.
I have seen siblings growing up in the same environment where one is adversely affected by something and the other continues with life as if nothing has happened.
I have seen people living in dire circumstances that encourage others that live in luxury.
I have seen people excel despite harrowing experiences.
I have seen the suffering of those living in close proximity to negative people and the ripple effect that it has on the spiritual temperature of a home.
I have often wondered if a person is born with a tendency to have a positive or a negative attitude.

“Attitude is a little thing…

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Gone are the days…

From an Indian self taught artist with engineering background, who worked as an executive in the field of QA. Anil has a word and a photo blog where we can find very beautiful pictures.

Anil C Mandal

Lately, Anil C Mandal may have found the passion for travel and love for nature having induced another passion in him which is photography. Travel destinations and nature’s abundant beauties fascinate and inspire him to capture those beauties.  We recommend to have a look at Nature & Travel Pix (to find some of the 279 articles in the category Nature) The category “art” delivers also some very beautiful photographs and interesting articles to read. But at Anil’s Blog he presents his quotes & thoughts, where he perhaps may think , like us, of the happiness which is not something ready made, but which comes from our own actions. {Dalai Lama on happiness} Knowing that what you think, say and do have to come in harmony with each other to retrieve full happiness. {Mahatma Gandhi on happiness}.

But with Anil’ thoughts and photographs we can already have some taste of some happiness, without having to go to the City of joy.

Late-middle-aged bearded man in Grey robes sitting on a chair looks to the right with serene composure.

Ravīndranātha Thākura = Rabindranath Tagore one of the greatest bards and poet

Besides calling it “City of Joy” Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is also known as the city of Rabindranath Tagore, city of Satyajit Ray, city of Mother Teresa, city of intellectuals, city of football, city of procession, city of political movements, city of Bundhs (strike) , city of arts and culture (cultural capital of India), city of festivals and at last but not the least it is also known as city of best sweets and cuisine. Kolkata is the Capital of the Indian state of “West Bengal”. It is the 4th largest city in India. {City of joy}

Stories might be very different, though good writing goes for all over the world. Patience, want to give honest love, so much may belong to the past, to days gone.

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Further reading

  1. Have you ever been in love?
  2. Back then and today
  3. Pages of Time: The Unseen Hand
  4. urchin words
  5. Loving endlessly the end
  6. Day 95: Finding peace in the present
  7. Will there be echos left by me?
  8. MemoriesMemories (from Angela)
  9. Unfading Memories…
  10. Memories . . . Unsweet Memories
  11. well past interest
  12. In Between
  13. Nothing is Simple
  14. Learning you after Leaving me
  15. reseeding
  16. What You Know
  17. Letting go

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In response to WordPress’s Daily prompt Gone of 3rd. Jan 2017, a simple poem of mine is shared with you!

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