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Does money buy happiness?

As the British writer J.K Rowling said, “Money frees you”. Indeed, I have chosen this citation since that is what I think when the terms happiness and money are related in the same conversation. Money frees you but does not make you happier. So, even if so many people have wanted, want and will want to buy happiness, doubtlessly, happiness cannot be bought. Read more of this post


Protegido: What do different famous people think about happiness?

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” —John Lennon

This quotation by John Lennon not only shows how relevant happiness is in our life, but also the lack of importance that sometimes is given to it. So, due to the importance of this word, I have chosen some quotations by all kind of famous people trying to define happiness or just giving a remarkable idea of this term. Thus, in order to achieve my aim, some original quotations have been picked up, from actors to philosophers.

“I kept looking for happiness, and then I realized: This is it. It’s a moment, and it comes, and it goes, and it’ll come back again. I yearn for things, but at the same time I’m just peaceful.”—Nicole Kidman,Vanity Fair, Oct. 2007

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”—Dalai Lama

“The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.” — H.H. the Dalai

“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ‘there his own.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimal of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.”—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.—“Leo Tolstoy,War and Peace

“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”—Benjamin Franklin

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”—Anne Frank

“All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh.”– Doris Lessing

“One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be “happy” is not included in the plan of “Creation.”—Sigmund Freud,Civilization and Its Discontents Lama

Happiness is a state of activity.” —Aristotle

So, as it has been shown, there are different ideas regarding happiness. Furthermore, it is clear that each individual has different conception on happiness. Nevertheless, all of them conclude that happiness is something positive that everyone wants to achieve. Thus, it is obvious that if we want to live happy we should start to think in a positive way and doubtlessly, this is why I have decided to finish as begun, with an extremely possitive quotation by John Lennon:

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”—John Lennon


Looking for happiness

Shawn Achor,  the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. In his opinion, the formula to achieve happiness is clear: “Work harder, then you’ll be successful, then you’ll be happier”.  Indeed, when he asked some of his  Harvard students, their answer was easy: “I’m working my butt off now so I can be happy when … [fill in the blank with a six figure banking job, make a scientific breakthrough, get into medical school, etc.].” However, does happiness consist on that? Read more of this post