Saturday, March 27, 2010


Yesterday's Times of India had some quotes on happiness, two of which made a lot of sense to me - I am putting them down here for easy reference; and also a few more that I found along the way.

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.

- W. Beran Wolfe

Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.

- Mahatma Gandhi

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognising and appreciating what we do have.

- Frederick Keonig

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

- Mark Twain

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed.

- Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

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

- Dalai Lama

Happiness is thus more about the self than about material possessions though it is also said that, "Money does not buy one happiness, but gives one the opportunity to look for it in peace". What are your thoughts?


Piper .. said...

Thank you for sharing these quotes, Sir. The best one is the first quote by Beran Wolfe.
Indeed, we often times go around "searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator" - little realizing that it lies within each one of us. I feel the happiest when I`m out doing small things that I love..

How do we know said...

awesome quotes there. thank you for sharing these!

Simran Uppal said...
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BK Chowla, said...

Searching for happiness is futile exercise.
It is a state of mind.
But, thanks for sharing

Nilu said...

I too loved the first quote - happiness comes from being busy in creating or doing something. For e.g., I am happiest when I am writing a post for my blog :)

J P Joshi said...

Piper: Agree with you .. happiest when doing things one loves... playing with small children (our grand daughter) has also been my happiest time.. being cutoff from civilisation in the lap of high mountains and forests also gives me great contentment and happiness.

HDWK: Thank you for visiting.

J P Joshi said...

Simran Uppal: Thank you. Visited your blog. At a very young age, you are amazing.

BK Chowla: Thank you for your comment.

Nilu: Thank you. I too loved the first one... and of course the one by Mahatma Gandhi.. a little philosophical though... harmony in thought, word, and deed gives happiness.

vivek mantra said...

Hello joshi sir..
Good to see you after very long time
used to visit your blog and your thoughts 2 years back ...
started with Blogging again but happy to find you in same shape and form..
be in touch