VIDEO: Finding Happiness in Loneliness

“If you want to be happy, learn to be alone without being lonely. Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy. The world is full of plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to do and people who can enrich your life.” – Michael Josephson

The Case for Endless Gratitude

This is a video you should watch regularly – perhaps once a month — really!  It introduces a perspective on gratitude that can enrich your life. TED presentation by Louie Schwartzberg – Gratitude and Beauty

QUOTE & POSTER: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

WORTH READING: Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy

by Leo Babauta “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart Many days, I try to humble myself and hold a 2-minute gratitude session. I simply sit or kneel, with no distractions, close my eyes, and think about what I’m grateful for and who I’m grateful for. I don’t do it every …

OBSERVATION: Find personal joy and fulfillment in service. “I slept and dreamt that life was all joy, I awoke and understood life was but service, I served and realized service is joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.”  Karl Reiland A common delusion is to think of service only in terms of sacrifice. Service is a reliable road to a series of emotions that enlarge our lifve and uplift our spirits – satisfaction, pride, worthiness, fulfillment,  and even outright joy in seeing our efforts

COMMENTARY: Money is the Icing, Not the cake 752.4

Despite the advice of preachers and philosophers warning us of the shortcomings of money, it’s hard to argue with Gertrude Stein’s observation: “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better.” Although money is better at reducing suffering caused by poverty and relieving anxiety caused by debt than it is at making us happy, it can buy lots of …

WORTH READING: The Truth About Money and Happiness

From Tejvan Pettinger at PickTheBrain.com: It is an oft repeated axiom that money cannot buy happiness. While this is certainly true, poverty will not buy happiness either. Some people become very wealthy, yet struggle to enjoy their lives. On the other hand, others manage to go through life with very few money problems simply because they are able to make …

COMMENTARY: Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude 750.5

For some, Thanksgiving is the beginning of a holiday season filled with joy and happiness at the prospect of spending time with family. For others, it’s a sadder time blemished by bad memories or dread. Some people see their lives filled with abundant blessings and find thankfulness easy and natural; others are so pre-occupied with tending to past wounds or …

OBSERVATION: Beware of emotional vampires.

Protect yourself from “emotional vampires,” people who suck you or the room dry of cheer or optimism.  Look out for workmates, family members, even friends who consistently bring you down or drain your energy with endless complaining or relentless criticism. Seek out the people who bring out the best in you and be sure that you are not someone else’s …