Happiness Starts Within

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Martha Washington

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
― Martha Washington

Paulo Coelho

“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”

― Paulo Coelho

Abraham Lincoln

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
― Abraham Lincoln
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and — if at all possible — speak a few sensible words.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

John Waters

“I’ve had it with being nice, understanding, fair and hopeful. I feel like being negative all day. The chip on my shoulder could sink the QE2. I’ve got an attitude problem and nobody better get in my way…I’m in a bad mood and the whole stupid little world is gonna pay!”
― John WatersCrackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters
Lou Holtz

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

― Lou Holtz

Irving Berlin

“Life is 10 percent what you make it
and 90 percent how you take it.”
― Irving Berlin

HAPPINESS STARTS WITHIN

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Billy Graham

“The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing circumstances and the most bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears. The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will deeply root inside us and give us inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulas.”

― Billy Graham

 

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Billy Graham

“The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing circumstances and the most bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears. The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will deeply root inside us and give us inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulas.”

― Billy Graham

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Quotes About New Years

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Looking back is the most effective way to affect the future. Did you learn anything during 2012 that will make 2013 better?

Personally, I learned that I had a fictional secret admirerer. Danny Bagman from Bumstumble, Iowa popped into my head and obviously is still there.

Dr. Phil would have plenty to say about my inability to seperate fiction and non-fiction, fantasy and reality.

Phil McGraw photographed by Jerry Avenaim for the cover of Newsweek magazine, 2001
Born (1950-09-01) September 1, 1950 (age 62) Vinita, Oklahoma, U.S.
Residence Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Alma mater Midwestern State University (BA) University of North Texas (MA, PhD)
Occupation Television host
Salary $80 million in 2009[1]
Spouse(s) Debbie Higgins (1970–73) Robin Jameson (1976–present)
Children Jay, Jordan
Website
www.drphil.com

I also came upon more new friends, than any other year since 19__.

May 2013 shine a light on true friendship!

Top 10 Quotes About New Years

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Every new year brings about a  thoughtful look at the past. And what better way to gain more insight or guilt  than to have a few quotes to increase your wisdom for this coming year. So read  on and find out what a few bright minds thought about beginning a new year. Here  are the top 10 quotes about New Years.

Youth

Youth is when you’re allowed to  stay up late on New Year’s Eve.  Middle Age is when you’re forced to.Bill Vaughan

dick-clarkBill Vaughan was a Kansas City Columnist during the  50’s and 60’s.  His sentiment about staying up on New Year’s Eve is  reflected all over the internet, for sure.  We thought that first we’d  figure out WHY we think it’s necessary to stay up on New Year’s Eve.  Turns  out the custom has its origins in China, where staying up past midnight on the  new year with friends and family wards off the “Nian” monster  and therefore protects against disease and disaster.  If staying up past  midnight is tough for you in your advanced age, there are all kinds of tips out  there to help you:  get enough sleep the night before, keep your eyes  lubricated, and limit your alcohol intake.  Which brings us to our next  quote…

Drunkedness

The proper behavior all through the  holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve,  when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to. PJ  O’Rourke

drunk-kissOver-drinking is not a good idea, especially on the one  night that drunk driving accidents are 4 times more likely to occur.  But  more and more people are choosing to have New Year’s Eve at home or at hotels  that offer attractive New Year’s packages.  So if you’re in that situation,  feel free to indulge.  But beware, alcohol can make you sleepy (hence the  number 10 quote), and it can lower your inhibitions (hence…smoochies).

Resolutions

New Year’s Day:  Now is the  accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you  can begin paving hell with them as usual. Mark  Twain

road-to-hellTwain (aka Samuel Clemens) made a clever play on the  famous quote “The road  to hell is paved with good intentions”.  This quote is usually credited  to Samuel Johnson, but it actually has its origins waaay earlier…like more than  600 years earlier.  Good Ol’ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux said “Hell is full  of good intentions or desires”.  You learn something every day…

Resolutions II

Good resolutions are simply checks  that men draw on a bank where they have no account. Oscar  Wilde

bounced_checkNew Year’s Resolutions are a tradition that began long  ago.  In 153 B.C., Romans placed mythical king Janus at the head of the  Roman calendar.  He had two faces, one to see the past with and one to see  the future.  People would ask forgiveness of their enemies in preparation  for a new year.  It seems like Wilde suggests that such an activity is  fruitless, but since he said “illusion is the first of all pleasures” he  probably made plenty of resolutions himself.

A New Perspective

I don’t think New Year’s  resolutions can’t technically be expected to begin on New Year’s Day, don’t  you?  Since, because it’s an extension of New Year’s Eve, smokers are  already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke  of midnight with so much nicotine in the system.  Also dieting on New  Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be  free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your  hangover.  I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began  generally on January the second. Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones  Diary



bridget-jonesFielding’s Bridget Jones Diary took the world by storm in 1996,  staying on the Best Seller’s list for a gazillion weeks and soothing the fragile  egos of “singletons” everywhere.  The beloved Bridget begins almost every  day with a new resolution, pledging to eat healthy foods, not drink too much  alcohol, not smoke cigarettes, yet every day proves as a failure  to keep those resolutions.  Who better, then, to debunk the January 1st  resolution date?

A Universal Theme

New Year’s even is like every other  night; here is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of  silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be  noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with  the coming of darkness on other nights. Hamilton Wright  Mable

universeHamilton Wright Mable, highly educated American  essayist and literacy advocate, makes a very valid point.  While not as “magical” as Christmas Eve with its imagined echoes of sleigh bells, New Year’s  Eve holds a special significance our hearts and minds.  Perhaps it is the  possibility of reinvention?

Time

Time has no divisions to mark its  passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the  beginning of a new month or year.  Even when a new century begins it is  only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. Thomas  Mann

yosemitesamAnother way that we celebrate a new year is by setting  off fireworks.  Fireworks were invented by the Ancient Chinese, and got  their start in America on Independence Day in 1777 and have been a popular  celebration tool ever since.  In 2004 the folks at Disney started using  compressed air instead of gunpowder to ignite fireworks.  It’s important to  refrain from using fireworks  illegally, of course, and it’s important to remember (despite the popularity of  doing so) that it’s not cool to fire off guns on New Year’s Eve.  No matter  how stoked you are to usher in a new year.

Resolutions III (I see a pattern here.)

Every New Year is the direct  descendant, isn’t it, of a long line of proven criminals? Ogden  Nash

new-year-resolutionWitty poet and lyricist Ogden Nash might have been on  to something.  Studies show that while 45% of Americans set New Year’s  resolutions, only 8% carry out their resolution to a successful  conclusion.  Almost half of those resolutions are related to education and  self-improvement.  Get a jump start on your resolutions by learning  something new.  Take a look at the archives here at TopTenz.net and learn  all types of factual tidbits.

Happiness?

Happiness is too many things these  days for anyone to wish it on anyone lightly.  So let’s just wish each  other a bileless New Year and leave it at that.   Judith Crist

happinessAbout a year ago I wrote a research paper about  happiness (and the lack thereof) in America.   Not surprisingly, less than half of people polled in every single country in  more than a dozen different studies reported being happy.  I did a little  research on natural ways to get happy.  They seemed to be too easy to be  believed.  Spend time with people who make you happy, volunteer for a good  cause, and read something you love…which brings us to our Number One quote about  New Years.

Hope

For last year’s words belong to  last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to  make an end is to make a beginning. TS  Eliot

hopeAn incomparable poet, T.S. Eliot (1888 – 1965) wrote a lot of  things that wouldn’t necessarily be considered uplifting.  The Wasteland,  for one.  This excerpt from “Little Gidding (No. 4 of ‘Four Quartets’) is  an exception.  It contains the hope we can have for the coming year, and  the good we can do with our resolutions  and our attempts to make the world a better place.  While you’re at it,  have a little bit of fun.  From all of us at TopTenz.net, Happy New  Year!


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