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Illustrated Quotes About Choosing Happiness

Updated on December 16, 2015

"The foolish seek happiness in the distance; the wise grow it under their feet." ~ James Oppenheim

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Happiness is a Choice

I used to think that people who exuded joy and happiness were blessed with an easy life and had been spared hardships, but experience has taught me that happiness can be a conscious choice, regardless of one's circumstances. According to the dictionary, the word "choose" means to:

  • select from a number of possibilities
  • prefer or decide (to do something)
  • want; desire
  • make a choice
  • be inclined

Mindful, conscious choices can bring happiness into our lives and help us feel empowered rather than overwhelmed by our current life circumstances. This hub will highlight some famous quotes that can inspire us to make positive choices that will bring more happiness into our lives and the illustrations I've chosen will create a sense of appreciation for the beauty of nature and help us feel naturally joyful.

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"We can go through our whole lives worrying about our future happiness, and totally miss where true peace lives- right here, right now." ~ Peter Russell

"True happiness is to enjoy the present... without anxious dependence upon the future." ~ Seneca

How Lifestyle Choices Impact Happiness

Author William Holland, aka Billybuc, on HubPages has written a wonderful hub about choosing happiness and how it's related to the lifestyle choices that we make: http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-Why-Am-I-So-Happy .

"The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness." ~ Abraham Maslow."

Mindfulness Leads to Happiness

Focusing our attention on the present moment breathes positive energy into our lives and helps us let go of the way things were in the past.

During the last 22 years my husband suffered several heart attacks and I used to spend much of my time worrying about losing him. Adjusting to his diagnosis taught me the importance of focusing on each moment, and the futility and waste of spending the precious time we do have together worrying about what may occur in the future. Some days that's still a challenge especially when new health crises or issues arise, but I've learned to cope through mindful meditation that returns my focus to the present and by being grateful for the time we do get to spend together.

When we choose to become more mindful of the present, we feel lighter, brighter and ready to move on. We don't waste time focusing on the things that might happen, but rather focus on being grateful for the things we have in the present moment.

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

"Simply being alive is the greatest blessing we can enjoy." ~ Rene Dubos.

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"Don't judge by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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Gratitude Quotes That Foster Happiness

When we choose to live in a state of gratitude we view life as the gift it is and appreciate all the positive things in our lives.

The first thing I do each morning is take a deep breath and thank God for the start of a brand new day. As a nurse, I've seen people with lung diseases and terminal diseases struggle for each breath and this taught me to fully appreciate the fact that the ability to simply breathe is a blessing which most take for granted.

Florence Nightingale said, "Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift." Nurses are more aware than most of the fragility and preciousness of this thing we call the life force. One moment we're here, and in the next breath we could be gone. Various faiths explain what happens after death in different ways and those who have only their own personal beliefs may feel all existence ends at the time of death. Such things may be up for debate and no one knows for sure what happens when we die, but we all know that our time on earth is limited. The wise among us, celebrate life as a splendid gift to be savored, not wasted.

Robert Louis Stevenson said, "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant." I am grateful that I have the ability to plant seeds of joy wherever I go and make a conscious effort to do so whenever possible. Spreading smiles, love, kind words, kind thoughts and actions costs nothing and brings great joy into my own life and I've found that it's a natural antidote to depression. When I focus on helping others I am less focused on my own problems or worries.

In this regard, we can learn from the bees whose work ensures the beauty in our world by pollenating flowers:

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others." ~ Saint John Chrysotom.

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"Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life" by Alexandra Stoddard

This book contains creative ideas and illuminating anecdotes that will help you make small but significant changes in your thoughts, heart and surroundings and discover the keys to a happy, joyful life.

In challenging times, it's easy to question whether joy is a choice but the author gently teaches us that happiness lies in the passions we pursue and the pressures we decline.

Seeking Our Highest Purpose is Key to Joy

We can all learn about highest purpose from the example that Mother Teresa gave us by the way she lived her life. Her life was devoted to tending the sick, poor and homeless, and we can also choose to honor our highest purpose by caring for our families, friends and strangers. We can engage in meaningful work whether through charity or paid employment. Even if we don't believe in God we can believe in having a purpose that goes beyond our own existence. I believe that doing so is key to our own joy.

The following quotes may help guide and inspire you to your highest purpose and joy:

  • "Make your life something beautiful for God." Mother Teresa.
  • "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one." George Bernard Shaw.
  • "There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self." Aldous Huxley

Your True Self is Glowingly Beautiful

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Quotes About Knowing Your True Self

In summary, the key to being truly happy is to know and accept your true self:

  • "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." Krishnamurti.
  • "People should be beautiful in every way...in their thoughts and in their innermost selves." Anton Chekhov.
  • "Our responsible concern is with our private destiny, after all." William James.


"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." ~ Abraham Lincoln

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 months ago from South Carolina

    Dear Michelle,

    Thanks for adding a thought-provoking comment. Yes, sometimes breaking down choices can be an effective way of opening ourselves to happiness.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 months ago from South Carolina

    Dear Michelle,

    Thanks for adding a thought-provoking comment. Yes, sometimes breaking down choices can be an effective way of opening ourselves to happiness.

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    Michelle How 5 months ago

    I do think happiness is a choice but sometimes the choices have to be broken down in order to get to happiness

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    Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

    Dear Audrey,

    Your heartfelt and specific feedback brought much happiness to me today and I thank you for your kind and thoughtful words and am glad you found the hub uplifting enough to return to it.

    So sorry for the long delay in responding to your comment. Didn't see what you wrote until today.

    Sending Blessings and Love,

    Gail

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    Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Dear Gail - I've been here many times and will continue to reward myself with still more visits. You've provided us with wisdom and healing along with much-needed support. I feel as though you are talking straight to me. I still want to blame others for my unhappy thoughts. But when I read this magnificent article and feel the life of your photos I become empowered with the truth - "Choosing Happiness Is My Choice."

    I love to learn and grow. You've helped me to do just that.

    Blessings of love and harmony -

    Audrey

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    Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Peg,

    Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment and sharing your own philosophy about making a conscious choice each day. I find it really helps to set a positive intention.

    Hugs,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Tillsontitan,

    I've been having trouble answering comments. Thought I already answered this one but it looks like it never went through.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated!

    Hope you made out okay with the snow.

    Hugs,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Mary,

    Your beautiful comment touched my heart and made my day. Yes, choosing to be grateful for each day uplifts our spirit, even when we are facing problems.

    Thanks so much for the vote up and share. Your support is always appreciated.

    Sending Love & Hugs,

    Gail

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    Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    You've really summed it up quite nicely here, Gail. I love the quotes and the philosophy of looking for the good in things. This thought process literally changed my life for the better when I decided to make a conscious choice about what kind of day I was going to have.

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    What a lovely hub to find on a gloomy day! We're waiting for the snow and the only sunshine right now is the sunshine from this hub! The thoughts and pictures are perfect.

    Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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    Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

    I'm so glad I found this Hub! I have enjoyed reading all the comments from so many people that were touched by your writing. I am touched, too. I've had many problems (but hasn't everyone?), but I choose to be grateful for each day the Lord sees fit for me to live just one more day.

    Voted this UP, etc. and shared.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Benjamin,

    Thanks so much for leaving such an insightful and profound comment that adds to the content of this hub.

    I love what you said about focusing on the process rather than results and agree that a well designed, detailed and useful process is what leads us to excellent results.

    I greatly appreciate your feedback and the votes up.

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    Benjamin Chege 4 years ago

    Hi Happyboomernurse. Well done hub. I do believe that happiness is a choice. I am inspired by most of your quotes especially "Don't judge by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." It teaches us on focusing on the process, rather than the results in everything we do, be it business or other aspects of life. And the good thing about it is that a well designed, detailed and useful process always lead to excellent results. Great hub. I enjoyed a lot. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Buck,

    Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment and for sharing your own thoughts and experiences.

    I too still struggle sometimes to remain focused in the moment and appreciate the good things in life.

    Hope you have a blessed, joyful and beautiful day,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Yogawithbarb,

    Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment.

    I agree with what you wrote. On a personal level, overcoming challenges and hardships taught me how to be fully conscious of, and grateful for the simple things in life, which are also those things that bring the most happiness- loving relationships, the beauty of nature, etc.

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    bucker98 4 years ago

    This is a great hub, Gail. I'm particularly hit by the qoute which says that being in the present moment is key to mental wellness. I always struggle to keep my thoughts under controll as they tend to wander into the vastness of illusion. I know I have to focus on the now and not anywhere else. Not past nor future. Thanks for this reminder.

    God bless,

    Buck

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    Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

    Your welcome.

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    Barb 4 years ago from Tennessee

    Yes, I absolutely believe happiness is by choice, and like you I have learned the people who exude the most joy have also endured the most hardship. There is something about getting to the other side of difficulty that multiplies joy if you choose to be happy. I enjoyed this article and the quotes.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Cyndi10,

    Yes there are many variables, including genetic ones and clinical depression that can interfere with some people's ability to experience happiness, no matter how much they might want to do so.

    I agree, though, that for most of us, making the choice of happiness is often all that's needed to experience it.

    Thanks for leaving such a thoughtful comment. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Gmwilliams,

    Well said! I am often amazed at how some people are able to find happiness during difficult times. Often, it seems to stem from their ability to find joy in life's simple and true pleasures. They seem to appreciate things like the beauty of a flower, touch of a friend, companionship of a beloved pet, etc.

    Thanks so much for your insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Dear Dream On,

    Your beautiful comment really touched my heart and brought me a ray of happiness today.

    Thanks so much for your ongoing support. It means so much to me.

    Sending you a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Daisyjae,

    Yes, I have to remind myself sometimes that I almost always have the option of choosing happiness, even in challenging times.

    Thanks for leaving an insightfull comment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Dear Dreamseeker2,

    So thrilled this hub brought a ray of sunshine into your life on a dreary day. Thanks so much for your lovely, specific feedback and for sharing it on faceback.

    Your support is greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Gail641,

    Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment. I agree that taking time and care to bring happiness to others is a win-win situation that helps increase our own happiness as it brings joy to others.

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    Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

    I like the interesting way you put this together, with the quotes, the visuals and your perspective. I agree that happiness is a choice. Sometimes it is one the most difficult choices that a person can make. I realize I am viewing it very simplistically given the variables that can go into being happy, like the chemical make up of the brain and the contribution genetics may play. Still, I will always try to choose to be happy regardless of the adversity.

    Such a good hub. Glad to have read it.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    This is such an uplifting hub. Happiness is a choice. People either elect or not elect to be happy. There are people who are the happiest under the direst circumstances while there are others quite morose under the best. Voted up for totally inspirational.

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    DREAM ON 4 years ago

    You lead the way to happiness I am so proud to follow.Wonderful and so true.

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    daisyjae 4 years ago from Canada

    Happiness is a choice, but its so hard sometimes. Thats why its good that there are so many positive hubs on here, to remind us.

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    dreamseeker2 4 years ago

    I love your hub and will be sharing it on fb. : ) Voted it up and awesome as each and every photo you shared and your thoughts besides the quotes brought in a ray of sunshine into an otherwise, overcast and gloomy morning. Thank you for this one...very uplifting and full of life, the way its intended to be.

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    Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

    Hello, I agree that happiness is a choice. I think its a good idea to think positive thoughts, and to always be positive to others which makes for happiness. I never want to put others down which causes unhappiness. Being happy is a good idea and a wise choice. Its good for health, too. I enjoyed reading your hub and the beautiful flowers and bees.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi AlliOop,

    Thank you for leaving such a heartfelt and specific comment and for sharing your own experience with making the choice to be happy, regardless of being diagnosed with a medical condition.

    I'm glad you were able to move beyond the limitations of your condition and continue to find happiness. It can be quite challenging to do so, but you are proof that it is indeed possible.

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    Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

    You are very welcome Happyboomernurse!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Maya Pillai,

    Thanks so much for the lovely feedback and kind words. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Neinahpets,

    So glad that you enjoyed it and thank you so much for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

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    AlliOop 4 years ago

    So beautiful and so true! Several years ago I was diagnosed with a medical condition that changed my life. I battled with depression for quite some time afterwards. I would think to myself "How can I be happy when my life as I knew it is gone?" But then I decided I wanted to be happy, regardless of my circumstances. It wasn't an easy change to make, but I'm so glad I did. I'm bookmarking this hub so I'll always have something to remind me that my happiness does not depend on the world around me, it depends on me.

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    Maya Pillai 4 years ago from Pune

    Nice article on happiness. I liked all the pics also. it made my day reading this hub. Please keep this hub going. Thanks, Maya

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    Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

    PegCole: I have been away from South Carolina for a year and a half in Canada so I can say these beautiful springlike pictures make me miss it myself.

    Happyboomernurse: This is a great article and I really enjoyed reading it. I especially loved the beautiful photos.

    Voted up :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Peg Cole,

    So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and photos and thanks so much for your beautiful comment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Indian Chef,

    Love your saying that happiness is not in getting, but in giving.

    Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for leaving a lovely comment.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Vespawoolf,

    Your insightful and kind comment really touched my heart. Thanks so much for the beautiful feedback. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

    I'm not surprised that you try to live by a principle of giving.

    Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Deepak,

    So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Rusticliving,

    Am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment. The thumbs up and share are greatly appreciated.

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    Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    This was beautiful and informative. Makes me want to visit South Carolina again. My sister and her family live up there and it is a gorgeous place. So are your pictures!

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    Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

    Hi happyboomernurse,

    I really liked what you wrote. I liked the one in which you said happiness is not in getting what you don't have but in appreciating what you have. We have a saying here that happiness is not in getting but in giving. Voting it up and useful

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    I do believe happiness is a choice. We can do so much to make our lives happier, and that should involve helping others. After all, "there is more happiness in giving than in receiving". I try to live by that principle. This is a beautiful hub. May you enjoy every day of life with your dear husband. : )

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    Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

    nice thinking. Liked you hub.Thanks to share,

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Gail, this is such a wonderful hub. Everyone should read this hub. Such a great way to express how we can choose to be happy. I too would waste so much time worrying about my loved ones that I would forget how to live and have joy. Kudos on such a wonderful hub. Thumbs up and shared ♥♥♥---Lisa

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Break of Dawn,

    So thrilled it brought a smile to your face on an otherwise cold and dark Swedish winter morning.

    Thanks so much for your kind words. They're greatly appreciated.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Break of Dawn 4 years ago

    I needed to read this colorful and inspirational hub this cold and dark Swedish winter morning. It brought a smile to my face. Absolutely beautiful, and as always, your photography are just stunning. Thank you!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Ewritebradford,

    So glad that you enjoyed the hub.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Liz 4 years ago from USA and UAE

    Wonderful and positive, this is what makes the world a better place! Great Hub!

    Thanks!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Rebecca E.,

    So happy to see you liked it enough to make a return visit.

    The flower- butterfly picture is one of my favorites, too.

    Just got lucky that day and clicked at the right second.

    Thanks for your kind words and support. They're greatly appreciated.

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    Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada

    needed to come back and read it again, I needed some "happiness' fix, and this is a great hub for it. I love this, and I still enjoy seeing that flower with the butterfly. =)

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Susan,

    So thrilled that you enjoyed it and thank you so much for your kind words and specific feedback.

    I totally agree about needing reminders to be thankful, as I still have to remind myself of that fact sometimes. LOL

    Hope you have a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving,

    Gail

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    susanm23b 4 years ago

    What a beautiful and positive hub! We all need reminders to be thankful for what we have--especially when days are challenging and difficult. It is so easy to become mired in the negative.

    Your photos are gorgeous and I especially love the way you formatted this. Excellent hub! Voted up and beautiful :)

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Victoria,

    Thank you so much for adding your own insights and experiences to this hub.

    I agree that some of us are born with a genetic predisposition toward depression.

    Clinical depression can be difficult to overcome, but treatment, medications and lifestyle changes do help many achieve a better quality of life.

    Making a conscious choice to focus on the positive doesn't alleviate clinical depression but it can be an effective coping mechanism that helps raise one's level of happiness.

    I so admire anyone who is depressed, yet continues to seek ways to feel better.

    Thanks again, for your valuable feedback and the sharing of your own experience.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Wonderful hub, although I still think that happiness is easier for some than for others. My mom and I are perfect examples of that. She had a rough childhood but has always been an optimist. She gave me a childhood where I felt loved and cherished, but I have been depressed since I was a young child. That's something I was born with and hard to fight.

    Still, I enjoy reading these types of hubs, because I know that if I focus on the positive and try to rid the negative in my life, surrounding myself with the positive, then I can choose happiness a little better. :-) Many votes!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Kimberly Vaughn,

    I agree that's a wonderful quote and following the essence of it yields present moment results. When we appreciate the things we do have it makes us feel better.

    Thanks for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

    Great quotes and pictures! I especially love the quote, "We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting what we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Rebecca E.,

    So thrilled that you enjoyed this hub and felt like it made your day.

    Thanks so much for the lovely feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada

    well put and well said, am do happy to have read this... I know I could have chosen a better word, but this has made my day.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Heavenleigh,

    Wow! Your comment has brought great joy to me today and appreciation that during the past few days we've discovered each other's hubs.

    I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this article and thank you for your kind words, the specific feedback, and the vote up.

    Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Sending Hub Hugs Your Way,

    Gail

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    Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

    Ooooh! This blessed me immeasurably. Thank you so much! You are courageous and a bringer of light and peace. Now. Yes, being in the now is the salvation of our minds. ;)

    "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." Krishnamurti.

    This one was my favorite quote - though I love them all! Thank you for taking the time to choose such wonderful quotes for this GREAT Hub! Happily voted up, up and up! :)

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Eddy,

    Am thrilled and honored to have you post this on your beautiful, 'Everyone Has a Dream' Facebook page!

    Thanks so much.

    Will be stopping by your profile page later today.

    Hub Hugs & Love,

    Gail

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    A true gem once again Gailmy very dear friend. Here's to so many more to come. I am posting this one onto my Fb page 'Everyone has a dream.'

    Enjoy your day.

    Eddy.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Neeti911,

    So glad you found it inspiring and beautiful and thank you for adding such an uplifting comment!

    Hope you, too, have a great day.

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    neeti911 5 years ago

    Inspiring and beautiful. It's true. I have noticed that if I wake up with a smile on my face,my day is brilliant. All in the mind :). Have a great day!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Shrikrishnap,

    So glad you found the hub uplifting and that you enjoyed the quotes and photos.

    I love the honey bee quote too, as it is indeed, an honor to labor in order to serve others.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Shrikrishna Potdar 5 years ago from Bangalore

    This is one of those uplifting hubs. Everyone wants to be happy in life but never know how to be happy. To become happy people keep on searching happiness all around and never realize happiness is their own nature.

    I loved these nice explanation & nice quotes in this hub. Especially the honey bee one. :) Care & share with others, Serve others and happiness is yours.

    Thanks for this nice hub.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Khmohsin,

    So thrilled that you found happiness and inspiration by reading and viewing this hub and thank you so much for sharing it with your friends.

    Your kindness has brightened my day.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Saralj,

    So thrilled you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Litsabd,

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment that adds to the content and essence of this hub.

    Your insights are beautiful and very much appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Faisalb87,

    So glad you enjoyed it.

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    khmohsin 5 years ago

    Happyboomnurse

    A great inspiring post by you having all about happiness. I hope you will keep it up in future also. This leads to happiness earning from day to day.

    I am sharing this great post with friends too/

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    Sara A. 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan.

    Thank you for sharing these lovely quotes! Cheers up. :)

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    litsabd 5 years ago

    I felt so soothed inside when reading across your hub. Happiness is sure an inner state and can be achieved through gratitude for what we have been blessed to have in our lives, such as health, people to care for and care back at us and gosh so many more.

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    Muhammad Faisal 5 years ago from Pakistan

    Great Hub.....

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Tillsontitan,

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment and specific feedback. I do believe having an attitude of gratitude fosters happiness.

    Appreciate the vote up.

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    Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

    Whew, I'm exhausted from reading all the wonderful comments about your wonderful hub! Your pictures are beautiful and your quotes so appropriate. I especially like your advice, "When we choose to live in a state of gratitude we view life as the gift it is and appreciate all the positive things in our lives."

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    Nids 5 years ago from Province of Rizal, Philippines

    thanks too!! you help and inspire in your ways!! keep it up!!!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Iluvdjo,

    So thrilled that you enjoyed it and found it inspiring.

    I appreciate your lovely comment.

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    Nids 5 years ago from Province of Rizal, Philippines

    awesome hub! this inspires me too!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi CrisSp,

    So happy that you enjoyed the hub and found it inspiring.

    Sounds like you are definitely one who chooses happiness on a daily basis. How wonderful that you keep Alexandra Stoddard's beautiful book on your bedside stand. I can see why you would return to it time and again.

    Thanks so much for leaving an insightful comment that adds to the content of this hub.

    Hope the rest of your day is beautiful despite the rainy weather.

    Gail

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    CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    "kind thoughts and actions costs nothing and brings great joy into my own life and I've found that it's a natural antidote to depression." -- I like this line.

    What a delightful read I had on this rainy Saturday afternoon. This is awesome, very inspirational and beautifully written. It's definitely worth sharing. I love the visuals.

    P.S. I actually have that book you mentioned here-Choosing Happiness by Alexandra Stoddard and I love her and her books. That particular one actually has never left my bedside since purchased and I just keep on going through it time and again.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Marie-Renee,

    So glad that you enjoyed the hub.

    I agree that it is often the simple, free things in our lives that bring the most happiness and joy.

    It's a true blessing that we can choose happiness and balance in our lives.

    Thanks for leaving an insightful comment and for the vote up, sharing, pinning and tweet! It's truly appreciated.

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    Renee 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful hub. Feel so bad though that I just read it. I do believe that happiness can be anything in our lives that we choose to be happy about. Some people make the mistake of equating success to wealth then to happiness. And thus they work so hard that they miss out on some very simple things that can give us happiness like our family, love, children, being able to help others and so many form. But then again, they chose to be happy with their wealth and success, and like I said to each his own.

    Voted up and across, shared , pinned and tweeted.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Welcome back Ericdierker, and thank you for contributing such a beautiful quote about happiness to this hub. It started my day with a burst of joy!

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Just loved revisiting and seeing all the love as expected. Joy and freedom and even Love are pathways to this beautiful concept known as happiness.

    "happiness is a flower, that we do not worry about how long it will last, we enjoy when we do, and it is happy for us"

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Dbro,

    Am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and photos and found them uplifting and inspirational.

    Thanks so much for leaving such specific and lovely feedback.

    It's greatly appreciated and brought a ray of joy into my day.

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    Dbro 5 years ago from Texas, USA

    I decided to start reading your hubs after your kind comment on one of mine, and I'm so glad I started with this one! What a lovely, insightful article, and so beautifully augmented with your photographs. It was a pure pleasure to read. Thanks so much for posting such a wonderful affirming hub!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Eddy,

    So thrilled to see a comment from you and have you back on HubPages, if only for a little bit.

    I checked your new HubPages bio out and saw that you've published an ebook titled, "Sunshine Ray and I" which, from the title and book review, looks like it should be a good read for anyone who's ever survived tough times yet still managed to find happiness. Good luck with it.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    Well Gail your hubs are just as I remember and I am savig this one into My favourite hubs 'slot.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Anuws,

    So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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    anuws 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    A great hub! I enjoyed reading :)

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Michyoung,

    So glad you enjoyed the hub and found its contents meaningful.

    Thank you for leaving such a lovely feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

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    michyoung 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

    Love you hub. That is exactly what we need in order to have a peaceful and a meaningful life.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Sunnie,

    Your comment really touched my heart and I could so relate to everything you said, especially this: "But I began to take one day at a time and everything I did...I did out of love not fear or burden and boy did it make a difference."

    Yes, that attitude and action is so key to getting through tough times and for still finding joy and love on a momentary basis.

    May God bless you my big hearted friend. I know you will take every experience into your writings and bring goodness into the world with the sharing of struggles, triumphs, joys and sadness through your extraordinary fiction and also through your memoir style and non-fiction pieces.

    Hub Hugs and Love,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Ericdierker,

    Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment that added wisdom and compassion to this hub. Your feedback and input is greatly appreciated and I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Green Art,

    Thanks for the specific feedback. Your sunny, positive comment brought joy to me tonight and I appreciate the vote up.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Debbiepinkston,

    Thanks for adding an insightful comment that increases the content of this hub. I agree that, "Being content with what we have, where we're at in life, and simply enjoying our life as it is can bring happiness."