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A Positive Attitude and a Strong Mind is the Key to Achieving Results

Updated on October 4, 2008

Start each day with a positive thought, or message. Reading and reflecting on a positive suggestion, idea, or sentiment before you start each day can put you in a positive frame of mind.

As your day progresses, you just need to take a break. Take a mental break and read an inspirational thought. Much has been written on happiness. Try reading an inspirational thought on happiness which was written many years ago but still holds true today, for example.

The power of positive thinking can help you achieve success in your life. Someone once said, "You are what you think". Reading a positive thought or story each day can help you think in a positive way.

Here is an inspirational thought from: The Art of Happiness by an Unknown Author

"The ingredients of happiness are so simple that they can be counted on one hand.

Happiness comes from within, and rests most securely on simple goodness and clear conscience. Selfishness is its enemy; to make another happy is to be happy ones' self. It is quiet, seldom found for long in crowds, most easily won in moments of solitude and reflection. It cannot be bough; indeed money has very little to do with it.

No one is happy unless he is reasonably well satisfied with himself, so that the quest for tranquility must of necessity begin with self-examination. We shall not often be content with what we discover in this scrutiny. There is so much to do, and so little done. Upon this searching self-analysis, however, depends the discovery of those qualities that make each man unique and whose development alone can bring satisfaction.

Of all those who have tried, down the ages, to outline a program for happiness, few have succeeded so well as William Henry Channing, who wrote the following:

"To live content with small means;

to see elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;

to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;

to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never;

in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common."

It will be noted that no one can do this for you; you must do it for yourself."

Please further read these sayings and quotes regarding the topic of Happiness. Enjoy the words of wisdom found within them. What does the feeling of happiness depend on? Is it material things, is it others, is it our work, is it ourselves?

I hope these sayings provide answers and that they motivate you to find the happiness and gladness that is there waiting for you in your life.

"The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does."

-James Matthew Barrie

"Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit."

-Norman Vincent Peale

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet."

-J. Robert Oppenheimer

"The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

-Allan K. Chalmers

"Kids are happier, more relaxed, more creative and less stressed when scheduled activities are limited."

-Jacquie McTaggart

"Happiness comes from within, not from without."

-David DeNotaris

"Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one."

-Benjamin Franklin

"Happiness is not the absence of problems; but the ability to deal with them."

-Jack Brown

"Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving."

-Og Mandino

"Being happy with less is what makes a great human being, not a big house with marble floors, or everyone knowing who you are."


"It is a sad thing to look at happiness only through another's eyes."

-Marquerite Blessington

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost."

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem."

-Richard Bach

"The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts."

-Author Unknown, from "The Road To Success is Always Under Construction"

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

-Oscar Wilde

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

-The 14th Dalai Lama

"We should be more like children; they truly live in the moment! They don't need expensive things to make them happy; they don't use the phrase, "if only", or, "when I get this", or, "when I have more money". "

-Catherine Pulsifer, from "Today Is The Best Day"

"Strive to be happy."

-Max Ehrmann, from "Desiderata"

"Happiness depends upon your outlook on life."

-Catherine Pulsifer, from "Happy New Year"

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life."

-Albert Camus

"All happiness is in the mind."

-English Proverb

"Did you know that there are gifts that will multiply your happiness when you give them away?"

-Steve Brunkhorst

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves."

-James M. Barrie

"If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want."

-Elbert Hubbard

"Happiness is a state of mind, an attitude that money cannot buy. One must look for happiness within, rather than in material acquistions. Look in nature, look for the good in others."

-M. K. Soni

"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action."

-Benjamin Disraeli

"Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul."


"Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy."

-American Proverb

"As you grew, we shared many happy times. As you leave, always take time to laugh every day."

-Byron & Catherine Pulsifer, from "As You Grew"

"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

"You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime."

-Dale Carnegie

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time."

-Author Unknown, from "Each Day Is A Gift"

"All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within."

-Horace Friess

"Happiness is the journey not the destination."

-Author Unknown, from "Achieve Your Dreams"

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."

-Albert Schweitzer

"By cheering up someone else, you actually minimize and lighten some of your own burdens. You'll feel a lot better when you share you happiness with someone else."

-Catherine Pulsifer, from "Cheer"

The Laws of Positive Thinking states: "You can change who you are by changing what you say when you talk to your mind." Simply put if you don't like what you hear when your mind talks to you, you can use positive self-talk to change the message and push your inner voice in a positive direction. You can make your life as positive as you want.

What you say to your mind is your roadmap to the future. Each word takes you to a specific destination. Make sure your self-talk is positive so it takes you where you want to go.

If you really want to be positive, nobody can stop you.


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    Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

    thanks for writing this hub!! exactly what i needed today..peace and light..kgr

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    uwgirl 8 years ago from Wisconsin

    I thought I had collected just about all the famous quotes on happiness that existed and that your list would have a lot of repeats of mine, but you've shown me that there are many more and I'm grateful. Awesome hub!

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    St.James 8 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

    Thank you Journey* once in a while I do touch upon things outside of the odd, or quirky. Back then I just needed to write about what was important to me. I'm glad it reached out to others who maybe needed to read a positive message.

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    St.James 8 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

    Yes indeed CindyVine... I have read that the universe is quite literal. For example if you say I want to be happy, the universe translate it as so, and you are left wanting to be happy. If you say I wish I felt better, the universe hears that and lets you wishing you felt better.

    So what I am saying is choose your words wisely and be direct with your wants, wishes and wills.

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    Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

    St. James, This hub you've written is very motivational with inspiring quotes. Thanks for sharing!-Journey*

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    Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

    I agree James, what you put out into the universe you get back, so put out happiness and that's what'll come back to you

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    St.James 8 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

    Thank you Kari... May your day be positive.

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    Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

    Wonderful Hub! Thanks for all the excellent quotes. I agree it is very important to think positive thoughts!