The Desiderata of Happiness

THE DESIDERATA OF HAPPINESS
1927 Prose Poem by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere, life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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Quotes: On Happiness and Contentment

“In search for happiness, however, we are all equal.”
-Paulo Coelho

“Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.”
-Author Unknown

“The wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
-E.E Cummings

“If you can’t do what you like, like what you do.”
-Author Unknown

“A rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.”
-Author Unknown

“To be satisfied with little, is the greatest wisdom. He that increases his riches, increases his cares. But a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble finds it not.”
-Akhenaton

“Two keys to happiness: ONE: being able to tolerate the things that make you unhappy, or TWO: Being able to change the things TO make you happy.”

“Great Spirits always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
-Albert Einstein

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.”
-Bertrand Russell

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”
-Rita Mae Brown

 “If the sun shines in your soul, does it matter if it rains outside? Happiness within overlooks any sadness the outside world may bring.”
-Author Unknown

“Happiness is somewhere between too little and too much. May you have just enough wealth to meet your needs, enough poverty to learn how to work hard, enough blessings to know that God loves you, enough problems so you don’t forget him, enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough hope to keep you happy, enough sorrow to keep you human. What you are is God’s gift to you but what you become is your gift to God.”
-Author Unknown (text message)

“Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to me.”
-Abraham Lincoln

Question: What’s your perfect idea of happiness?
Answer: Happiness is never perfect.
–Tom Waits, Vanity Fair Magazine

“Learn to value yourself. Which means…fight for your happiness!”
-Ayn Rand

 “To be happy, don’t do whatever you like. Instead, like whatever you do. Happiness comes not from having much to live on, but from having much to live for.”
–Author Unknown

 “Happiness is the best and sweetest revenge.”
-Author Unknown

“We are happiest when daydreaming of future happiness.”
-Author Unknown

“Some of us might actually find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.”
-Author Unknown

Stop waiting
-until your car or home is paid off
-until you get a new car or home
-until your kids leave the house
-until you go back to school
-until you finish school
-until you lose 10 lbs.
-until you gain 10 lbs.
-until you get married
-until you have kids
-until summer
-until December
-until you die
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
-Francis Kong

 “I refuse to accept other people’s idea of happiness for me. As if there’s a “one size fits all” standard for happiness. Regardless of your position in life, no one but you is qualified to determine your happiness. I think it’s great to never be completely satisfied in life. If I ever became completely satisfied with the work I put out as an artist, that is the moment I would suck.”
-Kanye West

 “It is the sand which irritates the oyster that makes a pearl.”

“Often, the greatest enemy of present happiness is past happiness too well remembered.”
-Oscar Hemming

“As we grow up, we learn that even the person who isn’t supposed to ever let us down probably will. We’ll have our hearts broken more than once and it’ll just get harder every time. We’ll break hearts, too. We’ll fight with our best friend. We’ll blame a new love for things an old one did. We’ll cry because time is flying so fast and we will eventually lose someone we love. So, take many pictures, laugh a lot and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset, is a minute of happiness you will never get back.

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
-E.E. Cummings

 “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
–Mother Teresa

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
-Anne Frank

 “Nothing can drag you down if you’re not holding on to it.”
-Tony Robbins

“Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.”

 “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
–Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“To invite someone is to take charge of his happiness during the time he spends under your roof.”
-Brillat-Savarin

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects. ~ Albert Einstein

“Let no one come to u without leaving better and happier.”
-Mother Teresa

 “Some people cause happiness wherever they go. Others, whenever they go.”

“To be happy, you have to give something back.”
-Oprah

“The happiness we get from worldly objects is only an infinitesimal fraction of the bliss we get from within.”
–Amma

“Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.”

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
-Marianne Williamson

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”
-Albert Einstein

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
-Socrates

 “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
-Dalai Lama

“Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.”
-Butch Jimenez

Have you found that the place to be happy is here, and the time to be happy is now?

The easiest way to find happiness is to stop complaining.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

More comfort doesn’t necessarily mean more happiness.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

There is an amazing by- product of making others happy……Tis happiness!
-Sanjiv Chopra

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Steven Kloves, Harry Potter PofAzkaban

If you don’t enjoy what you have, how could you be happier with more?

“But I think she’s also saying, be a part of something. Don’t live for yourself alone. This is what I know for sure: In order to be truly happy, you must live along with and you have to stand for something larger than yourself. Because life is a reciprocal exchange. To move forward you have to give back. And to me, that is the greatest lesson of life. To be happy, you have to give something back.”
-Oprah Winfrey