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About Happy People Quotes for Unhappy Times

Updated on November 15, 2010
One Happy Little Guy
One Happy Little Guy

History repeats itself, fashions come and go, attitudes change even philosophies constantly change. At one time it seemed right that to be happy you needed to amass everything our little hearts desired. America went crazy purchasing the big SUV’s, big luxury homes, stainless steel appliances, the latest technology gadgets and the theater room size plasma TV’s. Part of the dream was to have it all. As the old saying goes “Nothing ever remains the same” NOW is the right time to come to grips with the idea that maybe that wasn’t the best school of thought. These purchases haven’ t really done much to ensure our happy state. Mostly they are to blame for some of the unhappiness we are facing, creating strain and stress over how to pay for them.

The Solution

What to do now ? Logic tell us to try to manage and salvage what’s left, after all its already purchased. How about if from now on we get rid of our excesses and materialistic state of mind. Rid ourselves of these material stressors and commit to leading a happier, downscaled and healthier life by simplifying it and therefore reducing this debt stress.


People around including self, family and friends are stepping it down a notch. Some by necessity others by choice and some for fear of the future outlook of our economy. None of us are alone. We are no longer taking the long lavish vacations we took before, we are no longer consuming the Steak Diane, lobster dinners and drinking pricey bottles of Chardonnay at five star restaurants. We are not going on shopping sprees for designer purses and the latest shoes every other month. But did these things really make us happy ? Or was it the ability to obtain them that did ? Did we have to reach this point to figure out what really makes us happy ?

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Instead we now vacation close to home if we can still manage it or do mini weekend getaways where we can drive to nearby destinations instead of purchasing flight tickets. Cruises are relatively cheap and all inclusive. We eat more chicken and grill burgers in our backyards with the people that really count. We shop when we need to and for the basic necessities. We learn to give gifts from the heart. We are all still here. No one goes into shock much less dies from less consumption or frugal spending.


Almost immediately upon the sky starting to fall I noticed the social changes amongst my group of family and friends and commented I didn’t believe it was such a horrible thing. Some looked at me like I had a third eye on my forehead, some politely disagreed and some one asked who my doctor was, to ask for some of my medication. Of course being facetious, as I don’t take any.

The downturn of the economy has awakened something in me that immediately I couldn’t quite understand or describe. I now know - The pressure is off. No longer do I feel the need to keep up with the Jones’s because the Jones’s aren’t doing all that well. Not that I did to begin with but I admit every now and then I felt a tang of jealousy and wondered why I couldn’t be more of a risk taker and bring myself to splurge.

Materialism anyone ?

I’ve since witnessed the turning in of luxury vehicles for modest ones. I’ve seen those backed up on their car payments switch vehicles with others in similar circumstances to stall the repo man. I see people living in homes they can no longer afford waiting for the banks to come and padlock them. I’ve felt compassion for fellow friends with homes in foreclosure and mounting debt.


I’m a little more kind to those around me. I now spend more time with my husband and family. I’ve picked up rewarding hobbies and developed a habit of picking up my little grandson once a month for a week long stay. I have more time. I forgive more easily. I have more time to be grateful for what I have, I feel humbled and timely so.


The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~Benjamin Franklin

The Sky is not Falling
The Sky is not Falling

Smiling is Easy
We’ve all heard that we use less muscles to smile than to frown. It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 muscles to smile. That makes it 2.5 times easier to smile.


The one good thing that has come out of all this gloom and doom ’ Chicken Little’ effect around us is the notion that we will not perish. For better or for worse we are here until our maker asks for us. That could be a while ! No matter , life is still worth living. You’ll have plenty of time to rest when you are gone. Make the most of what you have and surround yourself with like minded happy people or infect them with your enthusiasm. Nothing worse than having a negative soul constantly around you sucking and draining the energy right out of you. There is no room for negativity here.

Now is a good time as any to pursue personal growth and intimacy through exercise, sports, writing, meditation, journaling, listening to music, having sex, yoga , laughing, gardening, volunteering. All noteworthy activities that promote inner peace and well being also serve to promote and build upon your happiness. Whatever you are comfortable doing by all means do more of. Relax, unwind, relieve a bit of stress before going back to the daily routine.

What’s more, we really can do this, we can live with less, less is more. My new philosophy on life and happiness. Happiness is not a destination , it is a way of life. Find what makes you happy and keep repeating.


Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Happiness lies in wait; it comes upon suddenly, like a midnight thief at a turn up in the street, or in the midst of a dream, because a ray of light a strain of music, a face, or a gesture has overcome the despair of living.
Hector Bianciotti
Sans la Misericorde du Christ

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Bertrand Russell
The Conquest of Happiness

Before strongly desiring anything, we should look carefully into the happiness of its present owner. Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~Margaret Young

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Keonig

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. ~Janet Lane

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama


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    • Bail Up ! profile image

      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      I appreciate the gracious comment. Wishing you all the happiness you can muster.

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      quuenieproac 7 years ago from Malaysia

      I like your positive attitude! You have a good sense of humour and your daily routine actions to achieve your goals. See- Do -Get

      I am going to follow you. Thanks!.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      My pleasure to share this. I figure its so much better to walk around with a smiling positive attitude than with a dark cloud weighing around you.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Interesting read! Positive thoughts and positive attitude always help. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      Positive mental attitude will drag you out of whatever negative experience you are going through now. Cheer up, its like looking into a mirror, whatever you portray others will see too and that will reflect back to you in happiness and better attitude. Keep your head up :)

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      Leptirela 7 years ago from I don't know half the time

      Like this hub.. Am not happy at the moment and no amount of material or money could make it different. Though I have begun to accept what I have and what I need to do to have a better tomorrow.

      thank you for sharing this, you have nudged me into the right direction.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      I agree. If you have the money by all means splurge but if you are on a tight budget you can still find enjoyable things to do with your family. Free concerts, parks, the beach, or community sponsored events. Alot of the best things to experience in life are free.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, lovely hub, and so true. I used to go away on holiday abroad, but now I just go to the coast a few hours away from where I live. You can have fun doing the smallest things, and I loved the quotes, thanks nell

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      gidtset 7 years ago

      Nice Hub! I love Happy Quotes for happy times as well:-)

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      I love that quote " The positive person laughs to forget. The negative person forgets to laugh."

      Thanks for positive comment :)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Bail Up! - you echo what I preach. Positive attitude is the only way to go. The positive person laughs to forget. The negative person forgets to laugh.

      Enjoyed the read.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      Thank you. Glad you liked it.

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      WOw, love it.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      I totally agree, too bad I didn't realize that less is more sooner. I would have saved myself from a lot of unnecessary stress. The important thing is we are on the right track now. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      Wonderful hub. I've been scaling back on anything that isn't a necessity. I think just reducing the excess baggage and not having so much "stuff" is actually a stress reducer. Living life a little simpler has its rewards.

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Taylor Finch

      Thanks for your comment. I suspect you are one of those people too. Cheers!

      LaVieja - Thank you for saying so and Merry Christmas to you!

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      LaVieja 8 years ago from London

      What a lovely hub. Merry Xmas!

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      Taylor Finch 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      :-) We need more positive people like you in the world!

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      You are Welcome DeBorrah. Just trying to do my share to keep things up beat. Thank you for stopping in.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Bail Up! Wonderful creative cheery hub! Thank you for sharing, Blessing!

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Harry -

      Well thank you very much for your kind words.

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      Harry Craig 8 years ago

      Brilliant Hub. A truly shiny happy person

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago


      People that learn to live simply lead less stressful lives! We will probably see more of it as we learn we have to change the way we live otherwise... Thanks for your comment.

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      misshelpurself 8 years ago from Missouri

      I agree with you the "sky is falling syndrome" there is much to be said about simplistic living and enjoying life simple pleasure. Love this hub!

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Thanks Sheryld! - so you are one of the Happy people :) Glad to see you here.

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      sheryld30 8 years ago from California

      Love your hub!~ Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Hi James

      Glad you stopped by. You know you are one of my favorite writers here. It ain't over till the fat lady sings. I have faith and I know you do too!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Yes. I am ruined. I have nothing left except my brain. So, I write on HubPages. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. It's over. It's all over. :(

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Never looked at it that way but thank you for the kind words. Always Good to hear from you.

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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      Excellent hub, Bail Up.Your are the master of adaptation. Sometimes we really forget about the food necessary for our inner peace.thanks.

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago


      You are very welcome.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Great hub Bailup, thank for sharing the happiness hub. have a blessed day. creativeone59

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago


      Funny you should say that. I take my vitamin at your place each morning :) Glad to put a little cheer in your day!

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      Bail Up ! 8 years ago

      Thanks Dohn121-

      We have to live this life, might as well make the best of it. Thanks for stopping in. Happy to share with you!

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      You are so upbeat that you have become a morning necessity, like a vitamin...

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I really enjoyed this hub and agree wholeheartedly with your approach to contending with this down-economy. Thanks for all the wonderful advice! You really are positive in all aspects.