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Daily Happiness: Simple Ways to Find it in Your Life
"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." Marcus Aurelius Antoninus "Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give."

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Marcus Aurelius

"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."

Marcus Aurelius

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Eleanor Roosevelt

"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give."

Eleanor Roosevelt

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How to brighten your day

  • Reflect on what you appreciate and love about your partner, friends, or family members.
  • Express your appreciation to them.
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The happiness portfolio

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Those in pursuit of purpose miss that there is value in the sum of positive emotions we experience every day. If you're only goal-oriented, you forgo today's joy for a perceived better future. But, chasing tomorrow might not give you the happiness you desire.

Optimizing your environment for happiness

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More importantly is to optimize your environment so you're more likely to be happy long term.

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