Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form. —  Thích Nhất Hạnh 

(via crimson-twinkie)

Happiness knocks on our door and we do not like the interruption. We say, ‘Go away, I’m busy searching for happiness,’ and so it goes away. — Dr. Sunwolf

(via unconditionedconsciousness)

Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called, ‘All the Things That Could go Wrong’. — Marianne Williamson
Be happy, and a reason will come along. — Robert Brault 

(via unconditionedconsciousness)

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye. — Justin O’Malley
It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else. — Arthur Schopenhauer 

(via abiding-in-peace)

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you. — Hafiz

(via unconditionedconsciousness)

CAN YOU IMAGINE?
For example, what the trees do
not only in lightning storms
or the watery bark of a summer’s night
or under the white nets of winter
but now, and now, and now - whenever
we’re not looking. Surely you can’t imagine 
they don’t dance, from the root up, wishing
to travel a little, not cramped so much as wanting
a better view, or more sun, or just as avidly
more shade - surely you can’t imagine they just
stand there loving every minute of it, the birds
or the emptiness, the dark rings 
of the years slowly and without a sound
thickening, and nothing different unless the wind,
and then only in its own mood, comes
to visit, surely you can’t imagine
patience, and happiness, like that. 
—       Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. — Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. — Mary Oliver