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The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
  1. #1
    “The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted. No one is careful of his feelings or tries to keep his spirits high. He seems self-sufficient; he becomes a cushion for others. And because happiness seems unforced, that person usually gets no credit.”
  2. #2
    “I grasped two things: I wasn’t as happy as I could be, and my life wasnt going to change unless I made it change.”
  3. #3
    “I can DO ANYTHING I want, but I can’t DO EVERYTHING I want.”
  4. #4
    “It’s easy to be heavy; hard to be light.”
  5. #5
    “The First Splendid Truth: To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.”
  6. #6
    “When I thought about why I was sometimes reluctant to push myself, I realized that it was because I was afraid of failure - but in order to have more success, I needed to be willing to accept more failure.”
  7. #7
    “Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail, but every day is a clean slate and a fresh opportunity”
  8. #8
    “It’s about living in the moment and appreciating the smallest things. Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you and letting go of the obsessions that want to take over your mind. It is a daily struggle sometimes and hard work but happiness begins with your own attitude and how you look at the world.”
  1. #9
    “The things that go wrong often make the best memories.”
  2. #10
    “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”
  3. #11
    “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.”
  4. #12
    “The days are long, but the years are short.”
  5. #13
    “He is my fate. He’s my soul mate. He pervades my whole existence. So, of course, I often ignore him.”
  6. #14
    “Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity...When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.”
  7. #15
    “When I find myself focusing overmuch on the anticipated future happiness of arriving at a certain goal, I remind myself to ‘Enjoy now’. If I can enjoy the present, I don’t need to count on the happiness that is (or isn’t) waiting for me in the future”.”
  8. #16
    “We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.”
  1. #17
    “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
  2. #18
    “Never start a sentence with the words ‘No offense.‘”
  3. #19
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  4. #20
    “Studies show that aggressively expressing anger doesn’t relieve anger but amplifies it. On the other hand, not expressing anger often allows it to disappear without leaving ugly traces.”
  5. #21
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  6. #22
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  7. #23
    “Enthusiasm is more important than innate ability, it turns out, because the single more important element in developing an expertise is your willingness to practice.”
  8. #24
    “‘Nothing,’ wrote Tolstoy, ‘can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.‘”
  1. #25
    “[Benjamin Franklin]identified thirteen virtues he wanted to cultivate--temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility--and made a chart with those virtues plotted against the days of the week. Each day, Franklin would score himself on whether he practiced those thirteen virtues.”
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