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This is to Have Succeeded

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to learn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is an adaptation of a poem published in 1905 by Bessie Stanley. No version of it has been found in Emerson’s writings.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Dr. Kataria believes that laughter is a cure all, that it can cure both psychological and physical ailments.  So in 1995 he started the first “laughter club” and now there are more than 6,000 laughter clubs in 60 countries. I know it sounds crazy, but try it for yourself. It’s simple, just stand or sit face to face with someone or in a group and start laughing for no reason. Before you know it the fake laughter will become real and contagious. So what are you waiting for? Laugh your heart out!

Happiness is Simply About Enjoying Life

I thought about how easily we are all brainwashed by our society and culture to stop thinking and just assume by default that more money equals more success and more happiness, when ultimately happiness is really just about enjoying life.

— Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and bestselling author of Delivering Happiness

Meet Patrick, the Incurable Optimist

Patrick is truly an inspiration.  He has motor neurone disease (MND).

I’m gradually losing the ability to walk, talk, eat and breathe. I won’t see my daughter go to primary school and she won’t remember me. I am dying – MND is killing me.

I’m determined to use what’s left of my life and my diminishing artistic skill to encourage others to do something optimistic every day.

Be sure to check out his website, blog and portraits.

Just Do It, You’ll be Happier For It

If you want to do something with your life, if you really want to do it, just do it. I promise that you can. You just have to do it. And when you do, you’ll be happier for it.

— Ben Davis

Learn more about Ben and his journey at Ben Does Life.

What a Beautiful Place to Reside In

As children we have the sense that anything is possible, we are not jaded. The older we get the more closed in we get, the more frightened we get, the more set in our ways we get, because we are afraid of the unknown.  Where as a child, everything is unknown.  What a beautiful place to reside in, in your own being where you still have the wonder of a child.

— Herbie Hancock, Musician
From the documentary Possibilities

Are You Happy?

Are you happy? Such an important question to ask yourself. This path to happiness flowchart really makes this difficult philosophical question so easy to visualize. An incredibly simple answer to one of life’s most challenging questions. If you are happy, share what you are doing, if you are not, what changes will you make.