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The secret to happiness is "someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to"

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." Groucho Marx

Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. Dale Carnegie

Life is no laughing matter, but can you imagine a life without laughter?

Many people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.

"People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made."

If we could forget our troubles as easily as we forget our blessings, how happy we would be.

Think big thoughts and relish small pleasures.

"Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill."

(Italy's "black widow", Patrizia Reggiani, who is serving a 26 year prison sentence for hiring a hit man to kill her husband, heir to Gucci fashion fortune) "I'd rather weep in a Rolls Royce than be happy on a bicycle" (she also had something to say about work)

You can either hold yourself up to the unrealistic standards of others, or ignore them and concentrate on being happy with yourself as you are.

The three essentials of happiness are : something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.

It is better for a man to be unthinking and happy, than the other way round.

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.

Happiness, noun. An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another. Ambrose Bierce

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.Mark Twain

You cannot be fueled by bitterness. It can eat you up but it cannot drive you on.

Everything is funny as long as it happens to somebody else.

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.

Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful.

A man doesn't live by bread alone. He needs buttering up from time to time.

I am an old man and I have known many troubles, most of which never happened (Mark Twain)