The secret to living a happy and content life, may not be a secret after all. We know that happiness is a choice and not a destination, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things we need to do and ways we need to live our life — and most of them, are actually quite simple.
When we make the choice to be more positive and hopeful, we’re also choosing happiness, because in many ways, they go hand-in-hand. Say for example one chooses to be optimistic and to find the brighter side in life and in doing so, they become kinder and more compassionate — that choice and action actually leads to that individual being happier and more at peace.
The Reverend Doctor Norman Vincent Peale, who as the author of the best selling “The Power of Positive Thinking,” had a lot of very wise and important things to say. Some of his more famous quotes are uncomplicated tips and guidelines on how to be a happier, positive person. The four quotes below are so simple in nature, yet very profound, because they basically give us the guidance we need to be better, happy and content people. Here are those amazing quotes from Dr. Peale:
“Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”
“To become a happy person, have a clean soul, eyes that see romance in the commonplace, a child’s heart and spiritual simplicity.”
“If you feel that you are defeated and have lost confidence in your ability to win, sit down, take a piece of paper and make a list, not of the factors that are against you, but of those that are for you.”
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
What We Can Glean
1. We should live simple, uncomplicated lives and put value on the things that truly matter in life: love, people, nature, family, etc.
2. Be kind and treat others the way we want to be treated.
3. Love greatly. Always lead from a place of love and compassion.
4. Think good, clean and happy thoughts.
5. Have faith and be faithful and humble.
6. Have confidence. Believe in yourself and your abilities.
7. Share the positivity. Be generous, “scatter sunshine” and help others to be positive and happy people.
These wise words are really amazing — they make so much sense and in their simplicity of what we need to do, they reveal a universal truism: the keys to living a happy, peaceful, content life, are love, kindness, compassion, and generosity. So the secret, really isn’t a secret at all and that really is amazing.