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12/06/12 by Pamela K.
Student UCSB

Grandparents

They know everything that life can teach, these elders of ours. While we're out tooting our horns and banging the drums of this and that cause, they know what it is we have passion for. They've been there. They know the cyclical nature of human life. But... our old ones see through the pageantry of youth; the foolishness of vanity, to the heart of passion. Because they know why we sing like we do. They understand. They have lived as we do. But one day, with a comprehending smile and a... Read letter »

05/30/13 by Jim Cohen

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05/30/13 by Hank Masterson
Tile Salesman

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Does it matter that one has never lived in a place if he feels connection with it? If there's something about the climate and the culture that reaches deep inside of a person and says, "Come back. You belong here with us," how can one deny it? I was born and raised in a dowdy New Jersey suburb, surrounded by single family homes, silver and beige cars and people who always seemed like they were in a hurry to be someplace else. We were all neighbors, but we didn't really know each other... Read letter »

12/20/12 by Caluzzo Cipolla
plumbling supply accounts manager

Happiness To Me

Does Happiness depend upon comfort? ’ The answer is definitely a big, ‘No! ’ Happiness lies in not comforts alone! Happiness is not a static quality of the human mind, body and soul. All can’t remain happy all the time. It would be foolishness to wish for a life, filled with happiness alone; Life could become boring, when happiness is prolonged. Even A pauper can be happier than the prince. Even A beggar smiles and sleeps well, despite much strife. Happiness is a frame of... Read letter »

01/17/13 by Richard Maginness

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12/20/12 by Miriam

Here's to the kids

The kids who would rather spend their night with a bottle of coke & Patrick or Sonny playing on their headphones than go to some vomit-stained high school party. Here's to the kids whose 11:11 wish was wasted on one person who will never be there for them. Here's to the kids whose idea of a good night is sitting on the hood of a car, watching the stars. Here's to the kids who never were too good at life, but still were wicked cool. Here's to the kids who listened to Fall Out boy and... Read letter »

09/14/12 by Pete Wentz

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02/06/13 by Andrew Samuels
Teacher

Happiness

Sometimes we look to experience feelings of happiness and worthiness through the accomplishment or acquisition of externals as opposed to allowing ourselves to accomplish and acquire these externals through the positive energy brought on by experiencing feelings of unconditional self love and acceptance... Read letter »

02/04/13 by David Margolies

Autism speaks

He presses my lips with his hand and giggles as I try to bite his fingers tickle his arm-pits and squeeze him tight in my bosom… and secretly hope that he’ll ask “Mommy, how was I born?” Read letter »

02/03/13 by Aida Bode

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01/28/13 by Naomi Frazier
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01/29/13 by Avery Spencer

LETTER FROM A MOTHER TO A DAUGHTER

"My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me.... Read letter »

10/19/12 by Tiffany A.
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01/17/13 by Maca Bernadette

Insight to happiness

Some languages have no word for ecstasy or orgasm. And others have a thousand words for sadness. Education leads to greater discontent and unhappiness. Ignorance is bliss....But we cannot aspire to ignorance. Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Read letter »

12/20/12 by A. Lincoln

HaPpIneSS Is HapPinESS

HapPinEss MAkEs you wHispEr, HAppinEss MAkes YoU Love, HappInEss Takes comManD. HappInEss MakeS You Calm, HaPpInEss GiVEs You coMfORt, HaPpInEss MAKes you haPpy, HappInEss MAkES you murMur. HApPiNess TuRnEd peOplE To Love You, HappInEss IS loVe, HapPiNess Is HonEstY, HappIneSs FOrm PeAce. HappIneSs IS What we’re waiTiNg, HappInEss Is DeeP DoWn InSide, HappInESs Is GOnNa save Us, hapPineSs Might jUst heLp Me FiNd True Love. Read letter »

03/02/12 by jade MOnteScLArOS

Happiness is, ....

Happiness is, .... a state of mind. living within your means reaching for your goals surrounding yourself with family and friends loving one another showing compassion for others having a companion making others happy believe in yourself making people laugh finding humor in oneself knowing that God loves you knowing yourself having a friend knowing what happness is Read letter »

02/28/12 by Jessica R.
Student UCLA

Happiness

Happiness is being home again, Happiness is walking in the rain. Happiness is waking with no pain. Happiness to see my humble home, Happiness at not being alone, Happiness to sit, and not to roam. Happiness is family to me, Happiness in the faces, I longed to see, Happiness is once more being free. Read letter »

03/02/12 by Juan Olivarez

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12/20/12 by Angie Frasier

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11/07/12 by Nikki Duran

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09/13/12 by Jack Rosen
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12/06/12 by James M.
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12/06/12 by Kirk Freeman

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12/02/12 by Ashley Sadaf
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11/22/12 by Shawn Joseph
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11/15/12 by Zelig Smulson

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02/28/12 by Nick Giancola
Creative Director at Letters of Happiness

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03/02/12 by Ben Almog

THE PURSUIT...OR THE PRACTICE OF HAPPINESS?

In the last couple hundred years, there are two countries that have taken a proactive role in defining happiness as a governmental goal. Long ago, Thomas Jefferson advocated for the "pursuit of happiness" to be in the Declaration of Independence. This was an honorable intention and truly has defined why so many immigrants have come to this country to seek their calling and fortune. But, it wasn't until I visited the tiny country of Bhutan, wedged in a Himalayan crevice between China and... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Chip Conley
Founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Author Opeak and Emotional Equations

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03/14/12 by Alex Brodsky
Accountant

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10/18/12 by Timothy Tang

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09/13/12 by Matis

I Love

i love music i love to sing i love laughter i love health i love green grass i love blue skies i love sand i am in looove with nature... and forests i love to hug trees i love my friends and family and appreciate them with endless and undying gratitude i love chocolate (which is making it very hard to go vegan) i love bubbles in my water i love being a vegetarian i love yoga (but its been wayyy too long) i love watching people make other people happy i love learning new things... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Nili Salem

The Trilaterial Happiness Mechanism

The mind has a defense mechanism that is activated unconsciously to keep a person safe from danger. There is also a mechanism that generates the emotions of Happiness based on 3 fundamental forces. The mechanism is often activated unconsciously in people's search for Happiness. The trilateral forces of the Happiness mechanism come from: 1. the awareness of one's liberation(Positivity), 2. existing within a compatible/harmonious living environmental(Compatibility), 3. the fulfillment... Read letter »

10/18/12 by Timothy Tang

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02/28/12 by Sammy Levin
BS Biology

Sometimes

Sometimes all you can give is love Sometimes all you have is not enough Sometimes life is like a dream Sometimes dreams aren’t what they seem Sometimes laughter can heal your heart Sometimes it’s laughter that breaks it apart Sometimes the world goes faster than you can go Sometimes even fast is still too slow Sometimes going home is the only thing on your mind Sometimes home is the only place you can’t find Sometimes you are too tired to sleep Sometimes you... Read letter »

03/14/12 by Stephanie S.
Student UCLA

Inside my happiness...

Inside my happiness, there is nothing but happiness for me. Inside my happiness, the colors are so bright and vivid and I am able to see everything clearly. Inside my happiness, there were no dark times because in my happiness the sun always shines. Inside my happiness, there is no pain, there is no fear and there certainly is no doubt. Inside my happiness, we all live as one and there is peace for all beings. Inside my happiness, there is God and he has planned all of this for me.... Read letter »

08/22/12 by Amber Swiney
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08/21/12 by Sara Hammons
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05/24/12 by Leah Burns
Student UCLA

Happiness is not a right but a state of mind

Last week the census came out, begetting the usual flurry of analysis. But I was more intrigued by an Ipsos worldwide survey on happiness, which they’ve been “tracking” since 2007. So I’ll focus on that. To each his own stats. Of 24 countries, the happiest, by far, were Indonesia (51 per cent), India and Mexico (both 43 per cent). Yet they’re much poorer and less developed than sadder, richer places like Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., all in the 20s, or Russia, Hungary and South Korea, in... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Rick Salutin
Novelist, Playwright, Journalist, and Critic

Happiness

Happiness uplifts you Happiness fills your heart, your mind, and your soul Happiness gives you the strength you need Happiness is a great feeling that Enters your mind Happiness takes the sorrow away Happiness fills you life with joy Happiness makes you feel happy, excited, And thrilled Happiness warms your heart It gives you a sense of relief Happiness welcomes you Happiness can be seen by a smile And in your eyes Twinkling with shine Happiness is a very beautiful... Read letter »

08/07/12 by Maryam Kazmi

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03/02/12 by Lotus Carroll

Man wants but little here below

Little I ask; my wants are few; I only wish a hut of stone, (A very plain brown stone will do,) That I may call my own; And close at hand is such a one, In yonder street that fronts the sun. Plain food is quite enough for me; Three courses are as good as ten; If Nature can subsist on three, Thank Heaven for three. Amen! I always thought cold victual nice; My choice would be vanilla-ice. I care not much for gold or land; Give me a mortgage here and there, Some good... Read letter »

07/17/12 by OWH
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03/02/12 by Juan Andres
IT Consultant

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03/02/12 by Josh W.
Banker

Custom Happiness

Although it can be seen as a concept that is so fuzzy and welcoming an array of loose meanings, yet, scholars particularly philosophers agree to the description of happiness as a psychological state of wellness which is characterized by positive emotions such as intense joy and contentment. The parting point on the topic on happiness comes when religious, philosophical, psychological and biological attempts are brought about as possible explanations of the concept and essence of... Read letter »

07/17/12 by Jennifer P.
Marketing

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07/16/12 by Jonah Burns
Painter

True Happiness

The smile across her face is reflected in her eyes This happiness she has, it’s not a lie If she could, she would scream and jump for joy But this happiness isn’t coming from a toy Her cheeks hurt for smiling so long I think she might start to sing a song A song about true happiness A feeling that she found in her heart This happiness, she wants everyone to be apart of This happiness is never to be taken away She wants it so badly to stay For all her life she’s been sad and... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Gary Bolduc
Lawyer

Sharing Happiness One Smile at a Time

Dear Fellow Happiness Enthusiasts, My name is Ricky Powell and I just wanted to share a small piece of my life with you that continues to bring me joy and happiness on a daily basis. I offer this to you, not to brag, but to hopefully inspire you enough to understand that if happiness is something that is truly important to you, you can make the decision in one instant to allow it to flow freely each and every day of your life. Here is what I mean... I have been in the... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Ricky Powell
Founder, LifelongHappiness.com

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07/17/12 by Joe Goodman
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“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Read letter »

07/13/12 by Emily W.

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08/21/12 by Mike B.
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08/21/12 by Michael Hardie
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07/26/12 by Stacy Lin
Developer

Eleven Hints for Life

1. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return. But what is more painful is to love someone and never ind the courage to let that person know how you feel. 2. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go. 3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Leslie Perry
House Wife

Happiness

Happiness is a gift that we can all enjoy if we choose to; it enters your life when you let your thinking patterns take a more positive angle. Rather than coming to negative conclusions hastily, the key is taking time to think about a situation in its entirety. A new angle will reveal itself which will make you understand why things happened the way they did. There is always the opportunity to be happy around every corner as the quotation by James Oppenheim states: "The foolish man seeks... Read letter »

07/16/12 by Shaheen Darr

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09/15/12 by Ben Preston
Writer

Happiness

Happiness is that which everyone longs but so few of us actually get Happiness is that which rights all wrongs and leaves us without regret Why then does happiness torture us so when all we want is to feel what happiness does in the lowest of low when everything just seems too real Happiness comes to so many of you you who think it will always be there Happiness leaves you without the clue that living without is a nightmare If happiness could be passed on would you then... Read letter »

07/18/12 by Luci Loughlin

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06/05/12 by Mo C.A.
Designer

Strength

It takes strength to be firm and it takes courage to be gentle. It takes strength to conquer and it takes courage to surrender. It takes strength to be certain and it takes courage to have doubt. It takes strength to fit in and it takes courage to stand out. It takes strength to feel a friend's pain and it takes courage to feel your own pain. It takes strength to endure abuse and it takes courage to stop it. It takes strength to stand alone and it takes courage to lean on... Read letter »

08/23/12 by Desiree Lia
Student UCSB

What does happiness mean to you?

What does happiness mean to you? Do you feel there is something missing from your life? That perhaps the world is against you or that other people seem to smile, laugh and be a lot more happy and contented in life than you are? Have you ever stopped to wonder why this might be? Moreover, what you can do about it? And have you ever considered what happiness actually is? For you, that is. Happiness and contentment in life differs for all of us, what makes one person happy doesn’t... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Maria Erving
Author

Happiness and my Life

Temporarily, being madly in love with someone is fairly ecstatic. But I regard happiness as something more permanent, and for that you have to be satisfied with your life. This is by no means an easy thing, and sometimes you have to lower your expectations. (Ever since childhood I wanted to be a famous writer and maybe even rock star. In my 30's I finally realized that if I couldn't be famous, I could at least be useful to people, and became a nurse.) I'd like to say that nursing brought me... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Gawaine R.
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08/21/12 by Jeeves Peabody Jones
Loreto College Marryatville

Lessons on Lifetime Happiness

Happiness is a religion. First thing in order to be happy is to live the present. With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now! The main problem with looking too frequently into the past is that we may turn around one day and find out the future has run out on us. Don't let the past or the " future" steal your present. Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think.??Just try your best in... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Moti Weisbrot
Happy Man

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07/17/12 by Joe Mann
Lawyer

Here are 100 Things That Make Me Happy.

1. Chocolate. I am a woman, after all 2. Having a sense of purpose in life. 3. Having a family that loves me no matter what and knowing that they will be there for me when I need them. 4. Knowing that my Mom is being taken care of. 5. Knowing that I can afford to support myself and be independent. 6. Having friends who put up with me, even though I drive them crazy sometimes 7. Being able to write articles that touch other people. 8. Buying any book that I want, whenever... Read letter »

04/11/12 by Kathy Wong
CPA

Can’t buy happiness

The more you compare yourself to other people, the unhappier your life will be. Appreciate who and what you are. Your job here on earth is to make the best life you can with what you have been given, whether you are a genius or not. You've been given a life, get the most joy from it you can. Read letter »

03/02/12 by Richard Westlund
Collins, NY

101 things that make me happy… or give me joy

Falling asleep to the sound of rain outside. Downloading a fun new free app for my iPad. Meeting friends face to face that I know so well on twitter… and finding out that they are really cool in real life too. Watching my nephew smile at me. Genuinely. Learning something new about social media. Seeing a new place for the first time. Writing on my blog. Every.Single.Day. Getting a good idea to write about. Receiving a hug. Giving a hug. Inspiring someone through sharing my weight... Read letter »

03/12/12 by Julie

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03/05/12 by Shy Y.
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Our Bodies are not Our Selves

In Western society, the body has been deified. Many judge themselves by their physical beauty and strength (or lack of it). The Torah attitude is that our bodies are tools for spiritual elevation. The value of a tool is not in its appearance but in its function. A person who looks at his body as a tool for spiritual growth does not think less of himself if he has a physical handicap. Since his body is a tool, he is only expected to utilize the tool that he was given. (Alai Shur, vol.1,... Read letter »

09/06/12 by John W.

Happiness isn’t sold in a market

Happiness isn’t sold in a market Something that can’t be learned through books It’s neither the hot blazing enemy Nor the sweet scented pleasing friend Happiness is all how one feels The more contended the mind More happy one gets Out of life’s trivial affairs Nothing seems perfect unless one feels it so Happiness isn’t bargained or bought It’s an unconditional flow from deep within No matter how much the mess Or how big a hitch Just smile and stay happy All would get perfectly... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Ghazala Lari

Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin: Today at school, I tried to decide whether to cheat on my test or not. I wondered, is it better to do the right thing and fail...or is it better to do the wrong thing and succeed? On the one hand, undeserved success gives no satisfaction...but on the other hand, well-deserved failure gives no satisfaction either. Of course, most everybody cheats some time or other. People always bend the rules if they think they can get away with it. Then again, that doesn't justify my cheating. Then... Read letter »

08/24/12 by Jeremy Roth
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03/02/12 by Ariel S.

Please Answer Me

Why do you say you 'hate' happy people? Does that mean you hate happiness? Why is it that happiness is considered to be a four letter word? Must you always swear a scowl on your face? Can't it take a bathroom break? How can you expect to find happiness when you continue to push it farther and farther away? Why do you hold such disdain for happiness? What wrong has happiness done to you? So, you mean you've never had happiness? Then, how can you hate something you've... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Noemi Lee
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06/27/12 by Brad Williams

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Everybody Knows: You can't be all things to all people. You can't do all things at once. You can't do all things equally well. You can't do all things better than everyone else. Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's. So: You have to find out who you are, and be that. You have to decide what comes first, and do that. You have to discover your strengths, and use them. You have to learn not to compete with others, Because no one else is in the... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Mike Shuster
Plumber

Happiness is…

Happiness is an ice cream cone with a chocolate coating, and lots and lots of sprinkles. Happiness is a child’s laughter. Happiness is two people holding hands while walking dreamily in the park. Happiness is two people in love. Happiness is the splashing of the waves while sitting under the stars on the beach. Happiness is the sounds of a carnival, with rides, laughter, and games. Happiness is winning a teddy bear from the dart game at the fair. Happiness is a smile on a cloudy, dreary day.... Read letter »

03/05/12 by Barbara Lynn Terry

Happiness as Self Liberation

Happiness resides, in part, in not having to live up to any standard of being happy. With the freedom to feel the whole range of the human experience without shame for not being happy enough, we open up the possibility for self-acceptance, compassion and meaning. This seems to be a cornerstone for a life worth living. If we offer this space to others, as well, we open up opportunities for connection and belonging, which is the greatest predictor of subjective well-being. Through mindful... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Mitchel Adler, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist, Speaker & Consultant

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02/28/12 by Gil
Medical Student Keck School of Medicine USC

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12/06/12 by Kevin Sharf

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06/03/13 by Andrew S.
Sales Manager

WOMEN

Easy E really hit the nail on the head on certain aspects of life. One of those is how great it is to enjoy the intimate company of women; lots of them. For some reason, our society has tried to cast such behavior in a negative light, but the simple fact remains that it's one of the most awesome ways a guy can spend anywhere from 10 minutes to several sleepless nights. When I was a teenager playing that no-hitter game of trying to convince girls to sleep with me, I was always struck by how... Read letter »

05/30/13 by Colt Brody
marketing specialist

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10/22/12 by Michelle Andres
Photogragher

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In the cold day night there comes a shining light glooming overhead while I lay safely on my bed I don't know what to think and I had to much to drink. My mind is growing fuzzy and the cats they look so lovely. Where am I to go and where do I find my flow adaptions brings me to everchanging situations ready to transcend and rise above seize the moment and feel the love I don't know what to say I don't now where to play it doesn't matter you know it or sow it or even just to grow it. Just do... Read letter »

02/28/13 by W-LAN
Herr

The Secret of True Happiness

There is temporary happiness which can be found in materialistic acquisitions. But that is short lived, until the next shiny object catches our attention. There is deeper happiness which can be found in the lips of a lover, or in the giggles of a baby. But we can't depend on others for our own happiness. But there is no greater joy, than the joy of giving. Giving to those that can not give us anything in return. It is the true meaning of life. Our life's purpose. As a matter... Read letter »

02/22/13 by Connie Costa
Life-Coach & Motivational Speaker

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HaPpIneSS Is HapPinESS HapPinEss MAkEs you wHispEr, HAppinEss MAkes YoU Love, HappInEss Takes comManD. HappInEss MakeS You Calm, HaPpInEss GiVEs You coMfORt, HaPpInEss MAKes you haPpy, HappInEss MAkES you murMur. HApPiNess TuRnEd peOplE To Love You, HappInEss IS loVe, HapPiNess Is HonEstY, HappIneSs FOrm PeAce. HappIneSs IS What we’re waiTiNg, HappInEss Is DeeP DoWn InSide, HappInESs Is GOnNa save Us, hapPineSs Might jUst heLp Me FiNd... Read letter »

01/17/13 by Jade MOnteScLArOS

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02/01/13 by Perry Rapeport
Teacher

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Happiness is an ice cream cone with a chocolate coating, and lots and lots of sprinkles. Happiness is a child’s laughter. Happiness is two people holding hands while walking dreamily in the park. Happiness is two people in love. Happiness is the splashing of the waves while sitting under the stars on the beach. Happiness is the sounds of a carnival, with rides, laughter, and games. Happiness is winning a teddy bear from the dart game at the fair. Happiness is a smile on a cloudy,... Read letter »

01/17/13 by Barbara Lynn Terry
teacher

Happy facets on a fabric of water

Happiness is many things, but what makes it so special is that it's composed of so many isolated little parts, like the spikes that indicate a beating heart on a cardiogram scroll. What those things are differs for all of us, as does what ties them together. For me, there have been various and seemingly limitless key pieces that have created my happiness collage: Special moments with family and friends, bouts of laughter that made my face muscles hurt, tasty meals enjoyed with the right... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Benjamin Preston
Staff Writer, Jalopnik.com

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10/26/12 by Adam Stephenson

Happiness

Happiness feels like the love of your family bursting our your grandma's front door on a warm spring afternoon. Happiness sounds like ripples of laughter joyfully leaving your rosy pink lips. Happiness tastes like the homeade meal you've been longing for all month. Happiness smells like the secnt of the warm ocean breeze as you take time to get away from the world. Happiness feels like reaching for the sky, and almost touching heaven. Read letter »

01/17/13 by Ally Gedeke

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12/21/12 by Jamie Alveraz
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01/14/13 by Tiffany Carter
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12/13/12 by Carine B.
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12/10/12 by Laia Ros
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11/07/12 by Zoey Cardiff

Happiness is a state of mind

February is the month of love and many of us will focus our attention on love and appreciation......of someone else. When we feel loved, and appreciated, by others, positive emotions follow (e.g. security, confidence, goodwill, comfort) which create more mental and physical energy, which is important for us to perform well and achieve success in life (whatever ‘success’ means for us). But to rely or depend upon others to supply us with love and approval, in order to feel good about... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Hazel Morley
Owner, Think Smart - training & coaching with change in mind

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12/06/12 by Cody George
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Rich and happiness

Once upon a time, a greedy, rich man hired a great mathematician. The rich man wanted the mathematician to find the best way for him to make the greatest profit in everything he did. The rich man was building a huge safe, and his greatest dream was to fill it with gold and jewels. The mathematician was shut away for months in his study, before finally believing he had found the solution. But he soon found there were some errors in his calculations, and he started all over again. One... Read letter »

12/06/12 by Matthew Gaven

Unlock the Power of Meditation— To Feel Happier and More at Ease

Meditation is a great tool to combat stress and help you feel happier and more at ease. But many people don’t know how to start to incorporate meditation into their busy lives. Meditation can make coping with daily stressors easier and give you the often much needed power to “let go” of troubling thoughts or emotions. It’s easy to get started if you’re willing to try it for just a few minutes a day! Begin by dedicating just five minutes a day to your meditation practice. You can meditate... Read letter »

12/01/12 by Michael Broder
Psychologist

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11/07/12 by Jonathan
Student UCSB

What Is Happiness?

Well, what is happiness? To begin with it is not a fact that has a two-line definition to it. It is a level at which your wants come closer to the facts of life, making both sides equal. When this equilibrium is attained then your temporary phase of happiness arrives. As happiness arrives at a personnel level therefore there is no precise definition of happiness. It is basically a personnel feeling and it can be triggered at different situations. Some of these situations are like;... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Rachel N.
Yoga Instructor

The Pursuit of Happiness

“Happiness”, or at least the discussion of it, is suddenly all around us. At the global, macro level, many countries – led by the pioneering efforts of the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan – are now seeking to measure the “happiness’ of their people rather than their per capita Gross National Income as a measure of how well they are doing. At the individual level, there are happiness gurus from Oprah to Deepak Chopra that will convince you that it is within your reach to achieve a state of... Read letter »

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08/21/12 by Claes Philip
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07/26/12 by Stacy Lin
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08/21/12 by Francesca Kaoutal

The Happiest People

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others. Read letter »

02/28/12 by Billy Phelps
Yale University Lampson Professor of English Literature, author, critic and scholar

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10/23/12 by Leslie Perry
Accountant

I hate how happy I am.

Happiness isn't something to strive for. Its what life is truly about. Its what makes us enjoy everything else we have. And look how much we have. The 5 senses, to say the least. Not that being a carefree blade of grass wouldn't have its advantages. Im happy because of all that Ive been able to experience. Im happy because I just am. Its not something to strive for. Its something you are. And whose to say we all aren't happy? Somewhere deep beneath all the stress and agony of life, theres... Read letter »

10/21/12 by Manish
Student

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04/11/12 by Vremmy Kahn
Student UCSB

An Essay On Happiness

One essential standard for living is being able to be happy. Happiness can be found in many different forms. It can be found with the purchasing of inanimate objects that better our living styles or it can be found with someone else that you associate with. The latter is the more imperative of the designs of happiness. In order to be truly happy you need to be able to understand that everything is good within your own life and that you are able to be happy with the people that are in your... Read letter »

07/16/12 by Taylor-James Gilard

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08/23/12 by Henry S.
Business man

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There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. You should be happy right in the here and now. There is no way to enlightenment. Enlightenment should be right here and right now. The moment when you come back to yourself, mind and body together, fully present, fully alive, that is already enlightenment. You are no longer a sleepwalker. You are no longer in a dream. You are fully alive. You are awake. Enlightenment is there. And if you continue each moment like... Read letter »

10/05/12 by Alexander Asha
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How to Be Happy Anytime

My friend Barron recently asked, “If you could be anywhere right now, doing anything you want, where would you be? And what would you be doing?” And my answer was, “I’m always where I want to be, doing what I want to be doing.” I’ve notice that in the past, like many people, I was always wishing I was doing something different, thinking about what I would do in the future, making plans for my life to come, reading (with jealousy) about cool things other people were doing. It’s a fool’s... Read letter »

07/17/12 by Leo Babauta.

Inside my happiness...

Inside my happiness, there is nothing but happiness for me. Inside my happiness, the colors are so bright and vivid and I am able to see everything clearly. Inside my happiness, there were no dark times because in my happiness the sun always shines. Inside my happiness, there is no pain, there is no fear and there certainly is no doubt. Inside my happiness, we all live as one and there is peace for all beings. Inside my happiness, there is God and he has planned all of this for... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Amber Swiney
Tampa, Fl

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03/02/12 by Liam Easton
Medical Student

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07/26/12 by Mike D.
Student UCSB

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08/21/12 by Sanghoon Lee
Business man

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10/17/12 by Noah Logan

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08/21/12 by Eric Walsh

Audrey Hepburn' s secrets of Beauty

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find them at the end of each of your... Read letter »

10/05/12 by Jacqueline
Fashion Designer

When Being Happier Is Condemned by Others As Selfish and Self-Absorbed

Some folks don’t want you to be happy. Corrin arrived at my door completely overcome with sobbing and tears. I, of course, got her seated and offered her tissues. “What in God’s name is wrong?” I asked her as gently yet firmly as possible. She held up a hand indicating that I needed to wait. After many moments she had calmed herself enough to be able to talk. “Dr. Bob, I just had lunch with someone who I had thought was my best friend. She just got finished hollering about how... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Dr Robert Henry Schwenk
Meaning of Life and Happiness Coach

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07/26/12 by Avi B.
Social Media Wizard

Discovering Totality

Becoming more clearly aware of emotions and life situations and the space in which they occur might open us to a still more panoramic awareness. A compassionate attitude, a warmth, develops at this point. It is an attitude of fundamental acceptance of oneself while still retaining critical intelligence. We appreciate the joyful aspect of life along with the painful aspect. Relating to emotions ceases to be a big deal. Emotions are as they are, neither suppressed nor indulged but simply... Read letter »

06/06/12 by L. Sunday
Artist

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03/02/12 by Jordan Bitton
Baker

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10/04/12 by Rafah Raneem
Teacher

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03/02/12 by Andrew S.

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10/15/12 by Seth Mclain

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03/02/12 by Lisa Summers
Student

Happiness is relative

Happiness is relative, but I would say what has made me happiest in my life is love, living well and honorably, and knowing that once in a while I make a difference in someones life. Read letter »

02/28/12 by Shirly Simon

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10/15/12 by David Mann
Fashion Designer

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03/02/12 by Adam P. R.
Student CSUN

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10/04/12 by Tif O'neil
Photographer

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07/17/12 by Zelig Smulson
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Happiness

You cannot buy your happiness, 'Cause happiness is free. Don't you know, or can't you guess, It's there for you and me. And what you do with what you've got, Can change the way you feel. Just do your best and smile a lot, You'll keep an even keel. 'Cause happiness is made for YOU, Just take a bite and see That happiness is what you do With something that is free. Read letter »

02/28/12 by Happiness
Student

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09/15/12 by Marry Mahoney
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09/13/12 by George C.
Architect

Happiness

Happiness is a wonderful experience, it lies deep down inside It’s like a sunflower; it follows the things you enjoy in your life Happiness recovers you from dark cloudy days Happiness is not a secret for you to keep It should be shared with others, so they too can feel the joy that it brings With happiness you can make a difference in life and to others Remember happiness can be a healer. Read letter »

02/28/12 by Orane Boothe
Waiter

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03/13/12 by Zelig Smulson
Director of Operations for Letters of Happiness

Control

We can't control others, what they do or what they think about us, however we can impact them. Attempting to control something or someone will lead to pain. What is the true difference between controlling something and impacting something? Read letter »

02/28/12 by Dave Margo
Entrepreneur

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10/16/12 by OC

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10/16/12 by Danny K.
Russian Mafia

Living in the moment

A state of complete peace, joy and being satisfied with living in the moment. If you live in the moment, past regrets/sadness/trials do not bother you, and the future is somewhere where your dreams come true. If you are happy, you are likely to be calm and relaxed, more open to things. Read letter »

02/28/12 by Heather Elizabeth
Banker

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03/02/12 by Amanda Smith
Lawyer

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03/02/12 by Izzy Erenberg
Anthropologist

Sense of Contenment

well.... i think really being happy is having a sense of contenment. being able to see the good in even the worst situations, only because you know things could be far worse. happiness lies within you, only you can unleash it fully. seeing others smile makes me truely happy. Read letter »

02/28/12 by Michael J.
Cheff

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03/02/12 by Ben Chook
Student UCSB

Desire

If you desire an hour's Happiness take a nap. If you desire a day's Happiness go fishing. If you desire a month's Happiness, get married. If you desire a year's Happiness, inherit a fortune. If you desire a life's Happiness, help someone else to get what s/he want. Desire is the key to motivation and courage Read letter »

02/28/12 by Kholekile Monakali
Writer

The 4 Factors of Happiness

Happy experiences arise when there are 4 factors present. And they are very much linked to the process of fulfilling one's curiosity. 1. The person has to be in realization of his/her already-abundant liberation/freedom, 2. must already be surrounded by qualities of compatibility/harmony/beauty/peace, 3. has to experience his/her curiosity of something being fulfilled in the present now moment, 4. the curious experience must enhance one's current level of... Read letter »

10/15/12 by Timothy Tang

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03/02/12 by Hillary Mumford

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03/02/12 by Roy S.
Med Student

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10/04/12 by Lola Marielle
Student UCSD

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02/28/12 by Jim Talon
Artist

Our common difference

"That vibrant ethereal substance that fuels the very essence of our existence is the desire to appreciate beauty in all of its mystical forms. The human condition, to pursue (each person at their own pace) those experiences that facilitate each individual person's appreciation of what they view as beautiful. These two basic principles unite and divide every person and group in the course of their respective journeys. The uniqueness of each person and group entails a desire to connect to... Read letter »

07/02/12 by Geoffrey Mellon

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08/22/12 by Monica Shuster
Waitress

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03/02/12 by Stacy Rose

What it Means to 'be Happy'

Everyone wants to be happy, but what does happiness really mean? How do we know if we're happy? Can anyone be happy all of the time? How do we find happiness? When we talk about life happiness, these are the questions that we ask. Our perception of life happiness is as individual as the way we perceive hot or cold. For all of us, it's sort of the same, yet it's also different. Every individual person is different, and therefore each persons description of what makes a life happy will also be... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Brad Louise

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07/26/12 by David H. S.
Delivery Driver

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10/15/12 by Knucks
Botanist

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09/13/12 by Ronald M.

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10/15/12 by Mendel M.

CARS

It was an odd thing, that gleaming paint and chrome trim. But when I saw it, I couldn't look away. As the garage door opened, there was a flutter of insects, then a faint waft of stale gasoline. The door peeled away completely, revealing my first true love: a 1972 Buick Centurion. The thing was absolutely massive, and barely fit in our garage, which, somehow, was just large enough to engulf the beastly thing. Well, I had to saw a little groove for the front bumper in the wall studs at the... Read letter »

05/30/13 by Benny Newsman
pizza delivery specialist

SHITTY POEM

Slicing across the wet with the speed of a jet, it feels as if there is nothing, and perhaps there's not. Nary a care in the world. Why do you mind? It doesn't matter. But it does; you could die. But drive to the other side, you ride, you scream, and it's ok. Not a care in the world. Why do you mind? It doesn't matter; you'll never die. Crash through life, you have a wife, the little children, they adore you. Keep it up, Why do you mind? Kick it down you'll live forever. Pain. Fade.... Read letter »

12/20/12 by Edgar Joseph
Finish carpenter

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02/11/13 by Shirley

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03/05/12 by Jessica
Lawyer

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02/27/13 by Shawn Whelan
Traveler

Счастье и Вера..

Happiness - a precious alloy of higher satisfaction and joyful state - usually only a dream and a rare moment in the lives of most of us .. To the question: "Were you happy?" - We usually We remind one or two cases for many years lived .. And no wonder - people, for the most part, not so much enjoy the fact that they have much grieve that they do not know .. Besides, most of us feel a sense of depression, anxiety, fear of getting sick, fail, lose love, after all, and thus destroy their... Read letter »

02/09/13 by Сергей
reykinside.ru

Happiness

Happiness uplifts me Happiness fills my heart, my mind, and my soul Happiness gives me the strength I need Happiness is a good feeling that enters my mind each day Happiness takes my sadness away Happiness fills my eyes with joy Happiness makes me excited and thrilled Happiness warms my heart and soul each day Happiness gives me a sense of relief each day Happiness welcomes me each morning when I get up Happiness can be seen in my eyes Read letter »

05/18/12 by Aldo Kraas
Poet

Be Happy

People always ask me why I'm so happy? And the answer is the same !! ... Cause I want to be happy! Realize that is not what u have in life but who you have in your life that make your life the way it is! Be happy surround yourself with good friends and be always there for your family! Family is # 1 priority ! And then the people you love! Besides That nothing matters ! Be happy give to people the best of yourself and you will be blessed with the same back! Read letter »

02/08/13 by Hilany Shaul

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01/28/13 by Abby Stein
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10/05/12 by Jack Young
Business Consultant

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01/28/13 by John Mohsen

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01/25/13 by Steve Smith
Artist

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01/21/13 by Zelig

Gesture of happiness

Gesture of happiness is not a crime, so always spread happiness, happiness is our birth right, drive away all the tensions, if you are engulfed in sadness, try to find an excuse of happiness, gesture of happiness Read letter »

01/17/13 by Dr. Ram Sharma

it's not happy people who are thankful, rather... it's thankful people who are happy ♥ Read letter »

10/17/12 by Sola Rose

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03/02/12 by Tom James
Student UCLA

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12/11/12 by Adrian Hall

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12/24/12 by Lola Bordeau
Teacher

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12/12/12 by Leslie Perry

Happiness

A flutter That lands A whirl That poises A heart that envelops Breaks And fills despite the cracks Riding the momentum Jumping out of windows Then settling into the chill Moving in a picture A yoga pose unveiled Love Embodied Trust Despite the abstract Fervor and fever The body unleashes Soul Patience Perseverance Loving yourself and your objectives Long enough to pave your path Wild thorns encroach The circles repeat reproach Around and around But you never... Read letter »

03/12/12 by Linda Miriam Aziz-Zadeh

Happiness

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love Read letter »

09/14/12 by Eli G.
Writer

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12/06/12 by Ming
Student UCLA

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12/06/12 by Juan
Software Engineer

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11/29/12 by Chelsea Welman

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11/22/12 by Andres Vitton
Teacher

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10/15/12 by Eden Olivia
Designer

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11/03/12 by London Art Photography
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08/24/12 by Neva Laskowski
The Art Institute of California

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08/23/12 by Alex M.
Photographer

A poem for George Orwell

Moral and mental glaciers melting slightly Betray the influence of his warm intent. Because he taught us what the actual meant The vicious winter grips its prey less tightly. Not all were grateful for his help, one finds, For how they hated him, who huddled with The comfort of a quick remedial myth Against the cold world and their colder minds. We die of words. For touchstones he restored The real person, real event or thing; —And thus we see no war but suffering As the conjunction... Read letter »

09/13/12 by Vinny
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10/23/12 by Lola Gusman
Teacher

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08/21/12 by Jess L.S.
CAT LOVER

Happiness is Overrated

Do we all want to be happy? I’m not so sure. While I appreciate being happy when I am happy, if I make being a happy a goal or a standard by which to judge the quality of my life I will be forever frustrated. Happiness, like all feelings, is fleeting. And then there is the question of what makes people happy. I know people who are only happy when they have made others miserable. And since they can’t accomplish this in perpetuity, they are, thankfully, often unhappy. So I think happiness... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Rabbi Rami
Director, Wisdom House

Take Care and Be Well

Before I was taught in business school that it is important to have a little trade mark of sorts, I valued the importance of this small trick. For years, I not only have been meowing at people (try it, it’s addictive), I have also been ending conversations and letters with the phrase “Take care and be well.” The concept of “Be well” is something special that I learned from my absolutely astonishing sister, Jenny. She explained it in a way that made perfect sense to me, and I now carry on... Read letter »

06/28/12 by Michelle Appelbaum

Recipe to Happiness

Happiness is easy to achieve one just need to be open minded to faults, mistakes, and basically any rocks thrown their way. Read letter »

02/28/12 by Luanna Azulay

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08/22/12 by Yolly
Law Student

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07/17/12 by Shalom Freedman
Poet

Happiness only real, when shared

Today, I was on the bus to Bangalore and they put on the movie Salt and Pepper. No matter how many times I see the movie, I always become terribly touched when I see the ending. I have watched other movies with a love story in them, but I don’t think I really cared about them. Most of the movies I have watched have guys “falling in love” with a girl at first sight and then running behind them until they decide to take pity on them and do them a favor by returning the love. A lot of people... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Sabu Paul
Electrical Engineer

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09/13/12 by Greg G.
Writer

Dear Happiness

Dear Happiness, You are the hope in the midst of our souls. You are the faith that comes with high goals. You are the meaning of ecstatic bliss. You are the feeling of a loving mother’s kiss. You are the sensation of everlasting love. You are an angel sent down from above. You are the wrapping of a wonderful gift. When our lives are fading, to you we drift. When nothing in our lives seems to go right, You banish the night and replace it with light. You are a field of roses in the... Read letter »

07/31/12 by Ramma

Happiness

I. Thesis statement: Happiness is to enjoy my own life, overcome the difficulties I meet, and have the people I love around me. II. Enjoy my own life A. Have a positive attitude to every situation I am in B. Seize every moment I have III. Overcome the difficulties A. Process of overcoming B. Feeling of achievement IV. Have the people I love around me A. Family members B. Good friends V. Conclusion: I will always try to pursue happiness by enjoying my own life, overcoming all... Read letter »

07/17/12 by Belle
Blogger

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08/21/12 by Doug Larson
Photographer

What Does This Word “Happiness” Mean?

What is happiness, what does it mean? Is life really about being reach so being happy, or who has the most respect is happy, or none at all? Is happiness hidden in a kiss or in a smile or in a flower? There can be many definitions of the word happiness. Because, happiness mean different things to every person. Many people are often in search of happiness. Some people can not find it. While, some people seem to only get a glimpse of it, some find it; however they can not know its value.... Read letter »

07/17/12 by Perry Fox
Accountant

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09/13/12 by Jonah I.
Traveler

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08/21/12 by Nour Ali
waitress

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10/05/12 by Audrey Cole
Nanny

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08/21/12 by Isaac Asimov
Artist

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09/14/12 by Shannon Sharp
Mom

You make me happy.

It makes me happy to make you happy. It makes me happy to know you're happy. It makes me happy that you feel happy. It makes me happy that you are happy. Read letter »

07/25/12 by Jason Halooss.
Spread joy in 3 words or less.

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03/02/12 by Ryan Sacks
Law Student

Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen - Mary Schmich

"Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97: Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years,... Read letter »

10/15/12 by Daniel Chloe
Student UCSB

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03/02/12 by Arielle Simon
Photographer

The 4 Factors of Happiness(edited version)

(This is an edited version of a previous entry I sent, please use this version instead) I believe it is the focusing on one's liberation that is the first most crucial step to truly make one feel happy later on. By using liberation/freedom to simply go out and do the things that fulfills one's curiosity while being creative and expressive allows the practice of one's liberation. It is the exciting rush of feeling free to experience something exciting and wonderful that I believe... Read letter »

10/16/12 by Timothy Tang

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09/14/12 by Moises Hernandez

Happiness

Happiness in usually free, for both you and me. But what I see is something else, big box big fee. Happiness should be free, but for many it is not. Happiness cost some their life and home, and the dog his bone. Happiness can be free, with just a little little effort. Smile, give or embrace, or just show your support. Happiness is without cost, I am sure we are not lost. We are all in the same boat, just wish we could stay afloat. Read letter »

02/28/12 by David Darbyshire

The Happiness of Pursuit

I’ve been invited to write about what happiness means to me, and I’m happy to do so. I experience happiness as a state of well being, a sense of being complete undi-vided and unimpaired, and satisfied in this moment. I experience happiness when I can look back at my past to learn, or look ahead to my future to imagine, while I’m standing on the solid ground of my values, right here, and right now. My desire in life is to awaken, to mobilize my resources and put them to good use, to... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Dr. Rick Kirschner
Bestselling author, Speaker, Coach,

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03/07/12 by Tom Gold
Techy

Do you know how to be happy?

The pursuit of happiness. Everybody is doing it, but many do not know where to find it. It remains elusive. We may not even agree about the definition. Is it having success and recognition on your job? Or is it having expensive things such as expensive cars and homes? Studies have shown that the happiest people are not those that have the most "things" and the most money. People who are recognized on their jobs are certainly happier than those who are not but it is not the final... Read letter »

02/29/12 by David F., Ph.D.
Psychological and Family Consultants

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03/02/12 by Abe Blum
Marketing Consultant

Catch Happiness

You can't pursue happiness and catch it. Happiness comes upon you unaware while you are helping others. The philosophy of happiness is pointedly expressed in the old Hindu proverb, which reads, "Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore." Read letter »

10/15/12 by Ethan Abigail
Law Student

By-Product

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. - Robertson Davies Read letter »

02/28/12 by Jeremy Lawrence
IT Geek

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08/23/12 by Amalia Flores
University of Toronto

IM happy

The things that make me happy in life can seem boring to others. My happiness is seeing my parents happy; loving and caring for each and every day. Is life really about the money, who has the biggest gold chain or who drives the shiniest or fastest car? Today, being happy is viewed in many different ways. Everyone defines happiness according to his/her personal perspectives. Each individual describes his/her feelings in a way that you can’t compare with another. My happiness is seeing my... Read letter »

07/17/12 by John Davidson
Student

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07/16/12 by Jacob N.
Poet

Happiness to me

One essential standard for living is being able to be happy. Happiness can be found in many different forms. It can be found with the purchasing of inanimate objects that better our living styles or it can be found with someone else that you associate with. The latter is the more imperative of the designs of happiness. In order to be truly happy you need to be able to understand that everything is good within your own life and that you are able to be happy with the people that are in... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Taylor-James Gilard
Graduate Student, USC School of Philosophy

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09/13/12 by Mr. Habemy

the psychology of happiness

There are many things that differentiate each of us from one another — our personality, our beliefs, our actions, our desires, our wants, our needs. But there is one thing that every human being shares: the pursuit of happiness. Every person, regardless of age, sex, race or anything else that poses an invisible barrier between us, wants to be happy. Everything we do, whether we realize it or not, is an unconscious attempt to find happiness. It is the one thing that unites even the most... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Steven Gutman
Student at UF

5 Tips To Make You Free of the Events of Your Life - Happiness and the Meaning of Life

Your worldly happiness sometimes depends on how you see the events of your life. Certainly positive events may be memories you wish to keep. There are so many of those. It is the negative events that you may wish to rise above. Everything including relationship break ups, tragic and untimely losses of loved ones, financial setbacks and job loss, illness or accident, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, all manner of negative events, can really make for depressing personal... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Dr Robert Henry Schwenk
Meaning of Life and Happiness Coach

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10/05/12 by Rose Amaya
Artist

By-Product

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. - Robertson Davies Read letter »

02/28/12 by Jeremy Lawrence
IT Geek

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03/02/12 by Sean Jose
Carpenter

My Happiness

Is life really about the 'money', the 'cash', who has the biggest gold chain or who drives the shiniest or fastest car, who sells the most albums or who has the most respect? Today happiness is viewed in many different ways. Everyone defines happiness according to their personal perpectives. Each individual describes their inner feelings in a way that you can't compare with another.Happiness originally and logically means the inner state of well being or a pleasurable or satisfying... Read letter »

07/16/12 by Randy Cuban
Copy Writer

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10/15/12 by Amy R.
Teachers Aid

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03/02/12 by Andres Pica

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07/16/12 by Ben R.
Banker

Happiness vs. Joy

I don't like the English word happiness at all. It sets us up for a big let down. You see, the word happiness is related to the word happenstance, which means a random occurrence or a stroke of luck which implies that if you get lucky, then you'll be happy. Conversely, it also implies the opposite, that if things don't go your way and you get unlucky, well then you've suffered a mishap (you see that root "hap" in there?) In other words, happiness is something that just HAPPENS... if... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Rabbi Shais Taub
Author, lecturer.

Achieving Happiness: Life lessons from the dying

Have you ever wondered what's most important to people at the end of their lives? That knowledge could have a powerful impact on your life. In a beautifully written book, "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying," Bronnie Ware describes how her life was profoundly transformed by the lessons she learned while providing care to the terminally ill. There is much to learn from the life stories of the dearly departed. Find Us On Facebook AP VIDEO more>> Grace provides the illustration for Regret... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Thomas M. Muha, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Positive psychology: the psychology of happiness

There are many things that differentiate each of us from one another — our personality, our beliefs, our actions, our desires, our wants, our needs. But there is one thing that every human being shares: the pursuit of happiness. Every person, regardless of age, sex, race or anything else that poses an invisible barrier between us, wants to be happy. Everything we do, whether we realize it or not, is an unconscious attempt to find happiness. It is the one thing that unites even the most... Read letter »

03/02/12 by Christa Tarantino
Survey Research Center at University of Florida

Money or Happiness?

As the most significant symptom of wealth, possessing a large sum of money has become a unique pursuit of many people, especially young generation, around the world. They are convinced of that happiness can bought by sufficient money. However, they could neglect the fact that happiness is not just determined by one factor but many others such as your friends, relatives, and pleasant experience. In my perspective, happiness does not always increase in direct ratio to the rise of... Read letter »

07/16/12 by Tom Ruben
Student UCLA

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07/16/12 by Rachel Dorman
Artist

CHOOSE to be happy – Now!

I was recently asked to write a “letter of happiness” for a new website; although I loved the idea I’ve actually decided to write 6 letters of happiness because at The Happiness Institute, we believe happiness is something you choose. And we’ve specifically chosen the word “choose” because each of its letters stands for one of our key happiness strategies. C = Clarity (of goals, direction and life purpose) Happy people set clear goals and determine clear & specific plans to ensure these... Read letter »

02/28/12 by Dr. Timothy Sharp
Chief Happiness Officer, The Happiness Institute

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09/15/12 by Jenn Aileen
Marketing

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10/04/12 by Aamira
Qindeel

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08/21/12 by Nikki H.

Powerful life lessons

Honor yourself first and above all. You are no good to anyone if you are no good to yourself. You are the reason why you are not happy with your life. Period. Your life is based on a series of you own choices, no one else’s. You are not a victim; you are an empowered creator. The definition of insanity is “doing the same thing, over and over and expecting a different outcome.” If you want your life to be different, make different choices. If you want to attract “better things” into your... Read letter »

06/28/12 by Elky