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[Quote No.54362] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about the importance of taking breaks and vacations to relax and recreate:-] 'Relaxation!' - They say that Saint John the Apostle liked to play with his pet sparrow from time to time. One day a hunter came to visit him and was surprised to see such a famous man playing. He surely could and should be making better use of his time. So he asked him, ‘Why do you waste your time playing? Why devote so much attention to something as useless as a sparrow?’ Saint John looked at him in surprise and asked: ‘Why is the string on your bow not tight?’ ‘Oh, you can't keep it tight all the time,’ the hunter explained, ‘otherwise it loses its tension and becomes useless for shooting arrows.’ So Saint John told him in return: ‘My friend, just as you always release the tension on your bowstring, so you must release the tension inside of you and relax. If I don't relax and just play, I have no strength for any great undertaking. I don't even have the strength to do what I have to and what is necessary.’" - Unknown

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[Quote No.54365] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A true story - with a message about greed and possessiveness:] - 'Greed-Selfishness' - In Africa they have a special way of capturing monkeys. These wary little animals are very fond of rice. In order to capture them, local farmers put some rice inside a hollow coconut shell, into which they have cut a hole just large enough for the monkey's hand. Half a dozen traps like this are left lying around in the center of the village. But each one is attached by a string to a nearby house. A family of monkeys comes up, attracted by the smell of rice. Each slips its hand into a shell to get a handful of rice. But with its hand full, it is unable to remove it. The hunters then approach and easily gather in their prey. If the monkey would only let go of the rice, it would be able to get away from the trap that had been set for it. But it likes rice too much to give it up - even at the risk of its own freedom and life!" - Unknown

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[Quote No.54483] Need Area: Fun > General
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow!" - Albert Einstein

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[Quote No.54487] Need Area: Fun > General
"Attention [of senses and imagination] is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities!!" - Chade-Meng Tan
Chade-Meng Tan, known informally as Meng, is a software engineer and motivator at Google known especially for greeting celebrities who visit the Google campus. He is Google employee number 107 and his job title is Jolly Good Fellow. Quote from his book, 'Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected path to Achieving Profits, Happiness (and World Peace)'.
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[Quote No.54493] Need Area: Fun > General
"Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength." - Jim Rohn

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[Quote No.54494] Need Area: Fun > General
"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional." - Unknown

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[Quote No.54552] Need Area: Fun > General
"Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is." - Millicent Fenwick

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[Quote No.54553] Need Area: Fun > General
"Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world. " - Helen Keller
She overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become an American author, political activist, lecturer and one of the 20th century's leading humanitarians.
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[Quote No.54564] Need Area: Fun > General
"My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind!" - William James

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[Quote No.54616] Need Area: Fun > General
"Every person has moments of suffering and unpleasantness in life. If you master the skill of living in the present, you will keep these moments limited to the actual negative experiences. Both before and after a painful experience, you will focus on what actually is at that moment, freeing you from much unnecessary pain in your life. Very young children have this skill naturally (we all have it when we were younger), and that is why they enjoy life, unless they are presently in pain. As we grow older, our ability to use our minds and think about the past and future increases. This ability can be utilized in very beneficial ways [satisfaction and planning and anticipation], but it can also be used in a detrimental way [disappointment, bitterness and fear]. We can transform our lives into suffering and torture by [focusing] keeping in mind all our unpleasant experiences of the past. Forgetting those experiences is the positive aspect of forgetfulness [and distraction]." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Gateway to Happiness', p.145.
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[Quote No.54617] Need Area: Fun > General
"For many people, sadness and suffering is not a result of present experiences. Rather it is pain caused by regretting and resenting the past, or worrying about the future. Living in the present saves you from needless emotional pain. Additionally, keeping one's mind on the present is necessary to concentrate on the important tasks of the day." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Gateway to Happiness', p.143.
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[Quote No.54620] Need Area: Fun > General
"There are a number of very enjoyable meditations that a person can do. Some of the common ones include focusing on the experiences of breathing in and out or absolute stillness. Other ones focus on holding for as long as possible the feeling of gratitude, satisfaction or anticipation. But some of the most enjoyable focus on experiencing - holding and drawing out - the feeling of a smile or a laugh including the physical feelings around the eyes, lips and face! Remember when you meditate, if your mind wanders, calmly bring it back. " - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.54636] Need Area: Fun > General
"The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness!!" - Dalai Lama

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[Quote No.54638] Need Area: Fun > General
"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about [focus on]." - Dale Carnegie

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[Quote No.54653] Need Area: Fun > General
"Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(4 BC - 65) Roman philosopher and playwright.
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[Quote No.54658] Need Area: Fun > General
"...very happy people don’t [necessarily] experience more [objectively] happy events than less happy people. ...Ed Diener and Martin Seligman screened over 200 undergraduates for levels of happiness, and compared the upper 10% (the 'extremely happy') with the middle and bottom 10%. Extremely happy students experienced no greater number of objectively positive life events, like doing well on exams or hot dates, than did the other two groups (Diener, Seligman, 2002). So it's not really what happens. It's what you pay attention to [focus on] and the perspective you take on things. 'Look on the bright [positive] side' is a cliche, but it's also scientifically valid." - Eric Barker
From '50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior', by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein. [Refer http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/03/key-to-happiness/ ]
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[Quote No.54659] Need Area: Fun > General
"Your happiness is determined by how you allocate your attention. What you attend to [focus on] drives your behavior and it determines your happiness. Attention is the glue that holds your life together... The scarcity of attentional resources means that you must consider how you can make and facilitate better decisions about what to pay attention to and in what ways. If you are not as happy as you could be, then you must be misallocating your attention... So changing behavior and enhancing happiness is as much about withdrawing attention from the negative as it is about attending to the positive." - Paul Dolan
He teaches at the London School of Economics and was a visiting scholar at Princeton where he worked with Nobel-Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. Quote from his book, 'Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think'. [Refer http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/03/key-to-happiness/ ]
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[Quote No.54660] Need Area: Fun > General
"Are you paying attention to what makes you happy and what doesn’t? When something makes you really happy, jot it down. Then do that thing more often. Daniel Nettle jokingly refers to this as 'Pleasant Activity Training.' [Depression has been defined as 'too low a rate of positive experiences!']" - Eric Barker
[Refer http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/03/key-to-happiness/ ]
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[Quote No.54661] Need Area: Fun > General
"[What are you focusing on?] Are you actually paying attention? 'Savoring' is a powerful method for boosting happiness. It's also ridiculously simple: Next time something good happens, stop whatever you are doing, give it a second and appreciate that moment. Pay attention to it. Savoring is all about attention. Focus on the bad, you’ll feel bad. Focus on the good and... guess what happens? Via 'Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth': 'The key component to effective savoring is focused attention. By taking the time and spending the effort to appreciate the positive, people are able to experience more well-being.' 'Stopping to smell the roses'? It’s true. People who take time to appreciate beauty around them really are happier. Via '100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of Life: 'Those who said they regularly took notice of something beautiful were 12 percent more likely to say they were satisfied with their lives.' This isn't speculation. Studies show slowing down and appreciating good things boosts happiness and reduces depression. Via 'The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want': 'In one set of studies, depressed participants were invited to take a few minutes once a day to relish something that they usually hurry through (e.g., eating a meal, taking a shower, finishing the workday, or walking to the subway). When it was over, they were instructed to write down in what ways they had experienced the event differently as well as how that felt compared with the times when they rushed through it. In another study, healthy students and community members were instructed to savor two pleasurable experiences per day, by reflecting on each for two or three minutes and trying to make the pleasure last as long and as intensely as possible. In all these studies those participants prompted to practice savoring regularly showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression.' Do one thing at a time. Pay attention. Enjoy it. You'll feel less busy and you'll be happier. ...Okay, you're going to pay more attention. But maybe that's not your problem. You might be paying attention to the wrong things. What are you paying attention to? Why are lawyers 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression and more likely to end up divorced? Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like accounting and law) makes you miserable. Via 'One Day University Presents: Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness' (Harvard’s Most Popular Course): 'I discovered the tax auditors who are the most successful sometimes are the ones that for eight to 14 hours a day were looking at tax forms, looking for mistakes and errors. This makes them very good at their job, but when they started leading their teams or they went home to their spouse at night, they would be seeing all the lists of mistakes and errors that were around them. Two of them told me they came home with a list of the errors and mistakes that their wife was making.' Don't pay so much attention to the bad. Pay more attention to the good. Stop looking for problems. Enjoy what you have. Gratitude is arguably the king of happiness. What’s the research say? Can’t be more clear than this [from 'The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want' by Sonja Lyubomirsky]: ...the more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic. You must teach your brain to seek out the good things in life. Research shows merely listing three things you are thankful for each day can make a big difference. Via 'Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being': 'Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well. You may use a journal or your computer to write about the events, but it is important that you have a physical record of what you wrote. The three things need not be earthshaking in importance ('My husband picked up my favorite ice cream for dessert on the way home from work today'), but they can be important ('My sister just gave birth to a healthy baby boy'). Next to each positive event, answer the question 'Why did this happen?' ' This technique has been proven again and again and again. One of the reasons old people are happier is because they remember the good and forget the bad. And feeling gratitude doesn't just make you happier. It's correlated with an objectively better life [Source: 'Gratitude and the Reduced Costs of Materialism in Adolescents' from 'Journal of Happiness Studies' (11 March 2010)]: '...we found that gratitude, controlling for materialism, uniquely predicts all outcomes considered: higher grade point average, life satisfaction, social integration, and absorption, as well as lower envy and depression.'" - Eric Barker
[Refer http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/03/key-to-happiness/ and http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2010/07/what-happens-when-you-evaluate-students-by-gr/ ]
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[Quote No.54688] Need Area: Fun > General
"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." - Robert Collier

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[Quote No.54692] Need Area: Fun > General
"A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself. You have a chance to select from some pretty elegant furnishings." - Louis L'Amour

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[Quote No.54695] Need Area: Fun > General
"Once [we learn] we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our one duty is to furnish it well! " - Peter Ustinov
From his autobiography 'Dear Me' (1977).
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[Quote No.54730] Need Area: Fun > General
"Just as focusing on a positive experience can help anyone savor it and so enjoy it more so will focusing on a negative experience make it worse. Therefore it is helpful for each person to learn to distract their attention from their negative experiences, once they have learned all they can from the pain - which is the evolutionary reason we have pain. Some of the best things to use to distract yourself are those that are lowest on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. For example the basic needs of food and sex and richly imagining these things have been used successfully to distract from pain, including the pain of dental surgery." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com
[Refer websites http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130410141315.htm and http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120517132055.htm?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pain-relief-through-distraction-its-not-all-in-your-head and book by Nicholas, M., Molloy, A., Tonkin, L. & Beeston. L. (2000) 'Manage Your Pain: Practical and Positive Ways of Adapting to Chronic Pain', ABC Books, Sydney, Australia.]
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[Quote No.54755] Need Area: Fun > General
"See Frustrations in Perspective: A basic reason we get angry is because we exaggerate the importance of things. When we realize that something is trivial and unimportant, we don't become angry. Whenever you feel angry about something, try to see how petty the matter is in the big picture. The vast majority of occurrences fall into this category. Keep in mind that we are in this world for a very short time, and the things that upset us are of minor importance in the entire scheme of the universe. ['Life is too short to get upset about small things!']" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Gateway to Happiness', p. 202-3.
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[Quote No.54758] Need Area: Fun > General
"I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it." - Rita Mae Brown

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[Quote No.54766] Need Area: Fun > General
"We think that happiness is a personality trait, when really it is better thought of as a skill, or a set of skills that we can learn and practice. Obviously we do have genetically-based personality differences, but I think of happiness like learning a language. Some people pick up languages really easily - especially those taught when they are young. Other people have to do more work to speak and write well. But either way, we all need to be taught the basic 'grammar' and 'vocabulary' of happiness, and we need to practice those things in order to become fluent." - Christine Carter
A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the author of 'The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home' and 'Raising Happiness'. [Refer https://www.christinecarter.com/community/blog/2015/03/break-yourself-off-a-piece-of-happiness/ ]
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[Quote No.54778] Need Area: Fun > General
"He who conquers his anger has conquered an enemy." - German Proverb

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[Quote No.54786] Need Area: Fun > General
"Regardless of your physical condition, your present state is determined by your thoughts. Your emotional reality depends upon the focus of your mind." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

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[Quote No.54846] Need Area: Fun > General
"Life is easier than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable. [No wonder we must learn ways to be happy!]" - Kathleen Norris
(1880 - 1966), novelist
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[Quote No.54893] Need Area: Fun > General
"Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people [pessimists and unhappy people] bear three kinds -- all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have." - Edward Everett Hale
(1822-1909), author
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[Quote No.54898] Need Area: Fun > General
"You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength!" - Marcus Aurelius

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[Quote No.54909] Need Area: Fun > General
"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage." - Thucydides

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[Quote No.54929] Need Area: Fun > General
"Happiness is more precious than wealth. Commit your total self to master it. What will it take to make a strong commitment? Be aware of all the benefits of living a joyous life." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Happiness', p.17.
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[Quote No.54974] Need Area: Fun > General
"Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy." - Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi

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[Quote No.55003] Need Area: Fun > General
"Remember this: Very little is needed to make a happy life." - Marcus Aurelius
(121 - 180)
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[Quote No.55087] Need Area: Fun > General
"A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing. " - Laura Ingalls Wilder

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[Quote No.55088] Need Area: Fun > General
"He who laughs, lasts! " - Mary Pettibone Poole

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[Quote No.55097] Need Area: Fun > General
"When you feel that problems are weighing you down, make a list of 10 reasons why you can still be happy." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Gateway to Happiness', p.180.
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"How To Use Time Travel To Increase Happiness: Anytime you need to be happier, just do some time travel. It's that simple. I know what you're thinking: He's finally gone insane. No, I'm not crazy. And you don't need a time machine. You're just going to use your imagination. But scientific research shows this is a great way to immediately increase happiness. You can do it anywhere and it doesn’t cost anything. Research shows happiness is all about where you put your attention [focus]. And shifting your attention to the past, the future or even the present -- can boost happiness. Still sound silly? Stay with me. You do unhappy time travel all too frequently. When you are overcome with regret, you're turning your attention to negative elements of the past. When you worry, you're thinking about an unpleasant future. But we can also use mental time travel to get the best out of life. Here are three ways, why they work, and quick tips to use them to put a smile on your face. 1) Time Travel To The Future! It's as simple as anticipation. Remember being a kid and looking forward to holiday gifts? Or as an adult haven't you fantasized about that vacation coming up? Well, research says deliberately using anticipation is an insanely powerful way to get happy. ... 2) Time Travel To The Past! Nostalgia [Satisfaction]. People look at pictures of happy times for a very good reason. Maybe you do too. But science says you don't engage with those enough deliberately. How does it work? Studies show taking some time to be nostalgic increases meaning in life and gives loneliness the boot. Happiness researcher Sonya Lyubomirsky says reliving the past kills stress. Via 'The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want': '...those proficient at reminiscing about the past—looking back on happy times, rekindling joy from happy memories — are best able to buffer stress.' ... Okay, mental time travel to the future and the past is boosting your mood. We've arrived at our final destination. This one is weird... But it may be the most powerful in the long run. 3) Time Travel to... The Present? Okay, this one doesn't sound nearly as exciting. But it's the core of that mindfulness thing everyone keeps screaming about. Experts call it 'savoring'. You may think you're living in the present -- but you're doing it all wrong. How does it work? When that happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky studied the world's happiest people, what did she find? They savor life’s pleasures and try to live in the present moment. But what's 'savor' really mean? Giving your full attention to the good things around you right now. Via 'Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth': 'The key component to effective savoring is focused attention. By taking the time and spending the effort to appreciate the positive, people are able to experience more well-being.' ... Alright, time travelers, let's round it up and learn the magic ingredient that these all have in common... Sum Up: Feeling down? Just remember 'time travel'. The three ways to do it: -- 1. Anticipate: Schedule something fun with a friend. When you're down, look forward to it. -- 2. Be Nostalgic: Keep a picture of a loved one in your pocket or reminisce with that person. --3. Savor: Next time you're doing something you enjoy, focus your attention on it. Don't time travel -- be fully present." - Eric Barker
From the 'Barking Up The Wrong Tree' weekly update for May 31st, 2015. [http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/05/time-travel/ ]
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[Quote No.55127] Need Area: Fun > General
"The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and a thousand other things well. " - Hugh Walpole

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[Quote No.55155] Need Area: Fun > General
"Those men are wise who do not desire the unattainable, who do not love to mourn over what is lost, and are not overwhelmed by calamities." - The Mahabharata [Hindu]
Hindu epic poem, circa 800 BCE.
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[Quote No.55175] Need Area: Fun > General
"The person who is always involved in good deeds experiences incessant divine happiness! " - Rig Veda [Hindu]
This is an ancient Indian, sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. The word in sanskrit means rig 'praise, verse' and veda 'knowledge'. It is counted among the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism known as the Vedas. It is one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language, being composed in the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent, roughly between 1700–1100 BC (the early Vedic period).
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[Quote No.55205] Need Area: Fun > General
"What cannot be cured, Must be endured [and it is best endured by distraction]" - Thomas Fuller, M. D.
(1654 - 1734)
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[Quote No.55215] Need Area: Fun > General
"Leisure, some degree of it, is necessary to the health of every man's spirit." - Harriet Martineau
(1802 - 1876)
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[Quote No.55221] Need Area: Fun > General
"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem!" - Theodore Rubin

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[Quote No.55247] Need Area: Fun > General
"Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness." - Friedrich Nietzsche

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[Quote No.55253] Need Area: Fun > General
"The inner speech, your thoughts [your imagination], can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy... " - Ralph Charell

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[Quote No.55348] Need Area: Fun > General
"[Laughter is very helpful to help people relax and have fun:] In a corner of his desk, [US President Abraham] Lincoln kept a copy of the latest humorous work; and it was frequently his habit, when fatigued, annoyed, or depressed, to take this up, and read a chapter with great relief." - Orison Swett Marden
Quote from his book, 'Cheerfulness as a Life Power', published in 1899.
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[Quote No.55514] Need Area: Fun > General
"The greatest weapon against stress [and unhappiness] is our ability to choose [to focus on] one thought over another. " - William James

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[Quote No.55542] Need Area: Fun > General
"First keep the peace [and happiness] within yourself, then you can also bring peace [and happiness] to others." - Thomas a Kempis

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