We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness. I think most of us are raised with preconceived notions of the choices we're supposed to make. If you can do what you do best and be happy, you're further along in life than most people.
How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being. I'm the type who'd be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn't going to.
He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness. I think it's okay to feel jealous, but it's how you deal with it that's the important thing.
Of course a woman who decides to work full time as a mother in the home can be happy and deserves full respect from us.
To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
If the individual is to be happy in the contemporary order, he must be open-minded with respect to new values and new arrangements. I'd be happy if people said that I did a little bit to raise the dignity and recognition of the greatness of African-American music. The only way to be happy and be a more enjoyable person to be around is to embrace what you've got. It's never been an issue for me - I don't want to go on a diet, I don't want to eat a Caesar salad with no dressing, why would I do that?
When I look for the next project, it's always about, 'Is it going to push me out of my comfort zone? You know, God has a plan for me, and I'm going to follow in his footsteps and just rejoice and be happy. I don't really make plans and I just want to be happy and continue with my business and take care of my wife and kids. A person may rightfully be happy if in this life he could do a great favor for widows and orphans, could assist support than, and facilitate fate of people. A man will speedily sit down and sympathize with a friend's griefs, but if he sees him honored and esteemed, he is apt to regard him as a rival and does not so readily rejoice with him. I feel sorry sometimes for these sportsmen and women who put in just as much effort as the footballers. There are so many funny women in the world, and there has been for so many years, so I'll be happy when people can just move on from that, and things can just be 'comedies' and not 'female' or 'male,' and everyone gets an equal opportunity.
I always believed no matter where you are, as long as you're doing what you love doing, you're going to be happy.
When I first ran for Congress, I went to my daughter Alexandra, who was going to be a senior in high school, and said: 'I have a chance to run.
Well, I think the golden rule I can think of is the fact that you must follow your passion and do something that's close to your heart. If you try to hold on to something you don't have anymore, you can't be happy in the moment. It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.
Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve. Indeed it is possible to stand with one foot on the inevitable 'banana peel' of life with both eyes peering into the Great Beyond, and still be happy, comfortable, and serene - if we will even so much as smile.
I am very much interested in getting parents to read to children, and trying to get people mentoring children.
I got a lot of problems, but I'm really good at intuiting what I need to do to be happy with whatever I create.
I recognize that I have the ability to be selfish, but I also recognize that you can't be happy if you only care about yourself at the expense of other people. The sad thing is most people have to check with someone before they do the things that make them happy. If I tell a man he needs to quit his soul-sucking job, he has to go home and fight with his wife or fight with his parents and fight with his in-laws and fight with everybody, because men aren't supposed to be happy; they're supposed to do well. We see the tendency in the world to criticise democracy and sometimes even to say that authoritarian countries like China are more efficient. I married a woman who is much better than me, I'm very fortunate to be with her and I know I'll be happy with her the rest of my life. Borders had lousy management and made bad corporate decisions, so its fate is less like a terrible accident than a slow-motion slide into a ditch, but it's hard to be happy about a bookseller's demise. When everyone recognizes Jehovah's name, then everyone will be happy because everyone will know what to do and how to do it. I often look at women who wear great jeans and high heels and nice little T-shirts wandering around the city, and I think, 'I should make more of an effort. I could go off into the wilderness and write fantasy novels for the rest of my life and probably be happy; but I always want to challenge myself. My mother once said to me, 'You must promise to be happy; it is the greatest favour you can do to others'. If I was on a march at the moment I would be saying to everyone: 'Be honest with each other.
My songs are always about overcoming things, whether it's breaking up with a guy or just trying to be happy. If you never lie to yourself, you'll always be happy with yourself, and eventually the person you wake up with and the person you go to sleep with is yourself.
There are but two places where all go after death, white and black, rich and poor; those places are Heaven and Hell. Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with.
The question I wanted to answer was, could I train my mind to be happy the same way one trains one's body? If readers, young and old, would take even a moment to reflect on our rapidly shifting culture and ideology, I would be happy. I can say I'd honestly rather be happy than have 30 to 40 songs that I've written about these thrilling, exciting, horrible, unhappy times.
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy. As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you. My mother was suffering every day of her life, and what right did I have to be happy if she was suffering?
I hate crowds of people pretending to be happy on one night of the year, where they get drunk and obnoxious by the end of the night.


To complete your daily mental hygiene, observe any part of you that is upset or anxious, and offer that part of yourself the following simple wishes: 'May you be well.
At midnight every night, I would methodically leave the house for a couple hours' walk, come back in, and record.
It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. Most of my actor friends don't believe it's possible to let go of it and be happy, and for a while that was true for me.
I sometimes wish I weren't as logical as I am and I wish I weren't as smart as I am, because I'd be happy. Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances. Instead of being critical of people in authority over you and envious of their position, be happy you're not responsible for everything they have to do.
We cannot be contented because we are happy, and we cannot be happy because we are contented. You have to be in love with yourself before anyone else can fall in love with you; to be happy with yourself. I've found that when the market's going down and you buy funds wisely, at some point in the future you will be happy. One of the things psychologists used to say was that if you are depressed, anxious or angry, you couldn't be happy. I have to be happy in the here and now because every time you start focusing on your legacy you're really setting yourself up for disappointment. I am much obliged by the favourable sentiments you express towards me, and shall be happy if I can be of service in carrying into execution your plans. As a vulnerability researcher, the greatest barrier I see is our low tolerance for vulnerability. It is by not always thinking of yourself, if you can manage it, that you might somehow be happy. Be happy with who you are, and know that being you is the best thing you can do for yourself. I don't think there's a problem with being a teen idol, if that happens to me, I'll be happy to deal with it. Having been let out of the barn once, I know I wouldn't be happy if I were home all the time. I would urge all bands that say they only care about credibility and don't care about money to send Gene Simmons every dollar that they don't want.
If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are. I try to be a good daughter, as I believe in karma and feel that how you are with your parents is directly proportionate to what you receive in your life. I see it every day: People trying to create a home that somebody else tells them they should have. I was brought up differently than the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves. I don't think there's anybody in this world who should be required to make you feel good about yourself. When I first came into the business, I had to, for the sake of being able to sell myself as an artist, always be happy and jovial and smiling. The Soul of man is made an article of merchandize by his fellow man and can such a land be happy?
The more I travel around the world, the more I see people want the same thing - to be happy. If someone has children, the first thing they want is for them to be happy, and then become someone in life and all that. A productive employee who is kept busy working at his or her job is far more likely to be happy at that job and less likely to look for employment elsewhere. The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.
I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat. I would be happy living on a massive ranch in Montana and not seeing anyone except my friends and family. It may sound too good to be true, but once you've seen the happiest people in your life who have nothing, you really start rethinking what the world, and society, tells us that we need to be happy. I want to do good, and I want people to be happy, and sometimes when you're a people pleaser, you spread yourself too thin. I always had the theory that the most important thing is be happy, enjoy what are you doing, and be fresh mentally.
It is really rare to find someone you really, really love and that you want to spend your life with and all that stuff that goes along with being married. If all else fails and you don't know what to wear, put on a black dress, and you'll be happy. For me, the times in my life when I've been single have been more formative and crucial than I could have imagined. I'd be happy to be taken as a woman - and that's what I was initially trying to do when I started throwing on dresses and stuff. Money is not necessarily, although it helps a lot for happiness, it's not necessarily the best way to be happy, to be rich, you know. I mean, I can actually say goodbye to the game of golf, never hit another golf shot the rest of my life and I'd be happy because I can get back in life without any rotation. We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort when all we really need to be happy is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
It's just really important I think for fashion to be affordable, because everyone should have the opportunity to wear cute things and be happy and comfortable in what they are wearing. Even if there's controversy, I'm going to make the decision, and people are going to be happy in one instance and unhappy in the next. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common - which is - we all want to be happy.
We waste so much time making decisions based on someone else's idea of our happiness - what will make you a good citizen or a good wife or daughter or actress. I'm the type who'd like to sit home and watch every party that I'm invited to on a monitor in my bedroom. You don't have to spend your time and energy trying to cheer up someone who has already decided to stay in a bad mood. There are still people who can't be visited by their spouse in the hospital because they're gay.
The only question that matters is this - when you die, will you be happy when everybody else is crying? You never want to rub anybody the wrong way or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. For example, athletes train at least as hard as footballers but have to be happy if they can earn enough to finance a decent education. Everybody wants the same things - to be happy, to be healthy, to be at least reasonably prosperous, and to be secure.


The people that force themselves to be happy all the time often end up being the most broken. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness. I don't see how you can be happy if you don't like the people you're working with and if they aren't a joy to have fun with. We're all passing through; the least we can do is be happy, and the only way to do that is by being selfish. Unless some terrible catastrophe has occurred the night before, it is pretty much up to you. Admit there are limitless possibilities in relationships, and love as many people as you can in whatever way you want, and get rid of your inhibitions, and we'll all be happy. Heaven is a place made for those, who are born again, and who love God, and it is a place where they will be happy for ever. And there are two ways that one can be removed from this realm: by lying, or by being lied to. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life. So whenever I got happy about something, I felt the need to cut it off, and the only way to cut it off was to pray.
I'm successful because I love who I am and I have no regrets, and I'm successful because I have a great heart and I have compassion and I care and I would be happy with or without money. You know a song's a hit when you've heard it so often that you'll be happy never to hear it again. Until you make room in your life for someone as important to you as yourself, you will always be searching and lost. I am a big oneness follower, and our gurus have told us that if you want to achieve external happiness, you need to be happy internally. It would involve another couple of years of graduate school, but that's what I studied in college.
Listen, if I had a magic wand and I could make myself really be happy, I'd zap me onto a farm. I don't care if it's a magazine or a bossy friend - when somebody says, 'This is what's elegant, this is what's trendy,' if it doesn't represent you, you're not going to be happy. 1 question I get from everybody is, 'How did you make it?' I'm like, Don't worry about making it.
We wouldn't be in a monetary system if we didn't have to work, so if my music can contribute to happiness, then that's my main responsibility. But the educational system, I mean always, not just now, creates competitive, successful people, and does not educate them to be happy. My general theory is that happiness is a reward for an animal doing what it should be doing. That said, I was also a veterinarian before I sold my first book, and I still volunteer my time to help with animal welfare causes.
I've been to the highest of highs and lowest of lows, so one day I'm going to find my middle ground and be happy. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not. The higher consolation is the pleasure and recognition of your unhappiness, the pleasure of having recognised that fate, destiny and life are such as they are and so you reach a higher form of consciousness. Am I working with people who are passionate about what they're doing?' At the end of the day, if I'm going to be bored on set, then I'm not gonna be happy. They want friends, peace of mind, good family relationships, and hope that tomorrow is going to be even better than today. But forging my own way - my career, my relationships with wonderful but troubled people - that's who I am. But if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim. But we are going to see the old monster of militant nationalism being awoken when people realise how little control their politicians have.
If only they could see that cynics can be happy, constructive, even fun to hang out with, they might learn a thing or two. I believe that you can be suffering or have a mental illness and be happy - just not in the same moment that you're sad.
But I never said, 'I'm going to buy art to impress this crowd.' That's just ridiculous to me.
So that is a career I would be happy to return to - while still secretly writing strange stories back in my doctor's office. Or if I could at last succeed in drawing the outline of winter-stripped boughs as I saw them against the sky, it seemed to me that I should be willing to spend years in trying.
No man can possibly be happy in a place where he is not in his element and where all around him is not congenial to his tastes, habits and character. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. At the end of the day, all you want is for people to be happy in the pursuit of life, love and liberty.
But you must stay positive and remember two things: It's easier to be happy, and without all those fans, life wouldn't be as good as it is.
We're in this culture that says take this pill and you'll be happy, go on this diet and you'll be thinner, have your teeth whitened, people will love you more. I love having strangers laugh with me, so as long as I can continue doing that, I'll be happy. Or if you are too thin, you can't be happy, because evolution wants you to be tense and anxious, trying to wake up in the morning looking for food. That doesn't mean I don't like being with a partner, or that I don't feel more rounded when I'm with someone. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now.
If you have everything the world can give - pleasure, possessions, power - but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.
How can I do it all and still be happy?' His answer: Find the stolen moments of joy in all you do.
It's extremely important to be positive, to laugh, to be happy, to accept life as it comes. Working on a show and collectively sharing ideas with a cast is great, but stand-up is my first love. When I'm unhappy and my heart is broken, I may make brokenhearted music, but it still sounds good.




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