The cost of protecting yourself from sadness

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~Jonathan Safran Foer

It’s so hard to let down the walls around my heart that I erect in attempts to protect myself from any sadness or hurt, but the truth is they don’t really work anyway and they keep out as much (or more) happiness than anything else.

 

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Open your eyes

“It isn’t always a change of scenery needed to make life better. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes.” ~Richelle E. Goodrich

It’s so easy to believe that the grass is greener somewhere else (or some other time or under some other conditions), but our focus on wishing we were elsewhere causes us to miss out on the beauty and happiness available to us right here in this moment in this place.

Take a moment right now to be fully present here and now to truly see and appreciate how much good is already present.

 

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

The art of being happy

cup of tea on wood table with chair in background

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

Are you waiting for happiness to arrive around the next bend in the road? After you’ve met your next goal? After someone else does something? After something else happens?

Or have you taken responsibility for your own happiness? Finding it in each moment as it is. Extracting it from the small joys of life?