He who depends on himself will attain the greatest happiness”
I have clients come in all the time that are depressed and not happy with their lives. They think happy people are “lucky”-that it’s magic that their relationships are healthy and their bodies are strong and their minds are clear. They do not realize it takes work each and every day to find happiness. It is hard work. And like everything else takes clarity of goal, perseverance and consistency. It is so enjoyable to teach clients the path to happiness and observe their lives transform. I always begin by asking…. “What do you do to make yourself happy? You should ask yourself this right now and take a moment to write it down. After that come back and read the rest!
Here are a few enlightening quotes (some more than others!) of how to be Jolly through the Holidays and throughout the Year.
1. Know Yourself
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is nobody else who is you-er than you.”
2. Discover who your idealized self is and start working towards that.
“Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”
3. Be Authentic
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
“Few are those who can see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts”
4. Understand that you can only control yourself.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
5. Achieve balance in all things.
“Before Enlightenment – chop wood, carry water. After Enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.”
~ Zen Buddhist Proverb
6. Learn to let go.
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew; just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
7. Give your life meaning and actively seek your inspiration.
“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
8. Focus on the positive.
“There are two ways to live; you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle”
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”
9. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
“A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends”
10. Keep going
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
(Amy Godfrey owns Exodus Integrated Wellness, a fitness and wellness business designed to improve the lives of clients through education and prevention in an integrated, holistic environment.)