We pursue happiness with a passion, often with the misplaced belief that when they achieve a goal, solve a problem or earn more money they will be happy. This type of believing leaves us chasing the illusion of happy-ever-after endings and days filled with complete bless. Happiness becomes the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and we miss the joy of life along the way. Consider these quotes on finding happiness amid the ordinary moments of your life.
All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within. – Horace Friess
Thought: Happiness resides within and is not subject to the changing seasons or the many stages of life. To experience happiness, you must look within and appreciate the gifts your life has to offer. Begin to think of your life in terms of its beauty and joy and you will soon find happiness.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. – James Oppenheim
Thought: Viewing happiness as a distant goal that can only be obtained through satisfying earthly needs keeps it just out of reach. Only by cultivating an appreciation for the people and circumstance of your life can you find true happiness. Learn to seek happiness in the blooming of a flower, the frolic of the lamb and the rising of the sun and it will never be far away.
The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. – Martha Washington
Thought: It is easy to look to the outside world to validate our happiness, but it is how you look at the world that determines whether you experience happiness and joy in your life. When you begin to see the world as a joyous and exciting place filled with new opportunities, you will find happiness within.
If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. – W. Beran Wolfe
Thought: Happiness comes from being involved with your life, from finding joy in the common or mundane, and from pursuing the things you love. Never overlook the value of ordinary activities to bring happiness to your life.
Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder … – Henry David Thoreau
Thought: Happiness is found in all walks of life from the common to the extraordinary and doesn’t require an elaborate plan to uncover it. Happiness is the combination of little joys found along the way and not the reward waiting at the end of the journey.