Books Are a Source of Happiness

„Books are a uniquely portable magic.“
Stephen King
Books give me so much. They make me laugh, they make my cry, they let me learn, they allow me to change my opinion about certain things, they help me see a purpose in life, they make we want to go on adventures, they challenge me to see life in a different way, they open me up to new ideas, they inspire me and each word I read adds richness to my life. Spending time with a good book makes me happy.
Today, I’d like to share some quotes close to my heart from some of my favorite books.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
„It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.“
Dumbledore
“There will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”
Dumbledore
Our choices make us the person we are. That’s something Harry Potter taught me early on. It’s not what we promise and the words we use but rather if we put something we promised into action as well. And doing what is right is not always easy, as it might be more work, it might be time consuming. But if you want to achieve great things you will have to walk a path that will be filled with obstacles in different sizes. Overcoming those will not only make you stronger, but has a lot to say about the person you are today.
Tuesdays with Morrie“ by Mitch Albom
„(…) So which side wins?”
„(…) Love wins. Love always wins.”
Love is one of the most powerful positive forces in this world. Love overcomes obstacles and in the deepest darkness, love will still be a light to guide you to where you need to go.
„Accept the past as past, without denying or discarding it.”
Your past makes you who you are today. So you shouldn’t discard it. However, you also shouldn’t live in it and let it keep you from living a happy life today. Know your story, but don’t let it control your life in the present.
 
„Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others.”
Forgiving ourselves for mistakes made is one of the hardest things we will ever do. Forgiveness for others comes more easily. But keep in mind, that forgiveness for others will also help you to let go of resentment and the past.
„Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.”
It’s never too late to get involved, change your life, start something new, find out what makes you happy, or be the person you want to be. The right time is always now.
Have a Little Faith“ by Mitch Albom
“So have you solved the secret to happiness?”
„Be satisfied. (…) Be grateful. (…) For what you have. For the love you receive.”
Happiness has a lot to do with our state of mind. And love, gratitude and compassion to others play a huge role in that happiness game. Love is a force of positivity. Gratitude makes you thankful for what you have right now and compassion towards otters, helping other people, giving a little bit of yourself to everyone you meet will make you incredibly happy.
Eat, Pray, Love“ by Elizabeth Gilbert
„(…) when you sense a faint potential for happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happens and not let go until it drags you face first out of the dirt – this is not selfishness, but obligation. You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.”
We have one life. One opportunity. And I say the greatest thing you can do with your life is lead a happy one. It’s not selfish, it’s your obligation. So make sure that you find something beautiful each day, something to smile about, something to be grateful for and it won’t be a lost day.
„Freudians say that unhappiness is the inevitable result of the clash between our natural desires and civilization’s needs.”
Make your own rules and dare to stand out in the vast sea of people conforming to what society dictates. Be who you want to be, love on your terms and don’t forget to be happy about it.
„Your are, after all what you think. Your emotions are the slaves of your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”
Yes, happy thoughts equal happy feelings. Hanging on to negative thoughts is sure to drag your mood down at one point. I’m not saying that sad feeling can’t happen. They should! Live through the emotion! But after that, get back to your happy place and the happy thoughts.
„(…) now is the only place.”
Remember to live in the here and now. Don’t feel resentment about something that happened in the past or fear for what might happen in the future. Stay in the present. That’s the only place to find true love and happiness. And you deserve that.
 
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