Happy New Year 2016: My 18 Quotes on Happiness

Who says New Year, says “New resolutions.” And personally, I have never been adept of  “Good resolutions.”

Actually, I never practice it because I know that the boxes
□ Go to sport at least once a week
□ Eat five fruits and vegetables a day
□ Go to bed at 22:30 every night (rather than midnight or 2am)
Etc …
will never be filled! Surprising, right? You too? … Hmm, I see I’m not the only one then :)

Why? Because those are the rules of good conduct which I will call “general” who establish our society.
Honestly, I find it very restrictive and suddenly, the notion of guilt ( to not follow this or that rule) arrives without warning (I do not know you, but it reminds me of religions) (no sex before marriage, drink alcohol is forbidden, eat this is impur…).
But in fact, it’s up to us to create our own rules and mantras. I mean, the ones that works well for us!

Best example to date: my grandmother! Despite her 2 times triple bypass surgery at the age of 75 years, she has always done and eat what she wanted and she’s still in good shape at almost 93 years.
I think it is a matter of “state of mind”. From the moment you are listening yourself and you treat yourself well you are willing to find your own happiness.

After all, it seems to me we are looking the same thing, right? Happiness!
So, for this new year 2016, here are 18 quotes on Happiness, which according to my life and my own experiences resonate as truth in me and inspire me a lot! These notes are accompanied by photos from my Instagram account retracing some of my small or big “happiness  moments 2015”.

 

 

 

 

Cherry blossom tree in Paris happiness

Discovering the cherry blossom in Paris, in the middle of December!

 

1 « Stop seeking happiness in the same place where you lost it. » – Unknown

 

2 « Every minute of cockroach deprives you of sixty seconds of happiness. » – Blas de Otero

 

fete-des-tuileries-paris

The Fête des Tuileries, in Summer at Paris

 

3 « Happiness is not the absence of problems, it is the ability to deal with them. » – Steve Maraboli

 

4 « Every day, do something that makes you happy, until it becomes a habit. » – Unknown

 

French croissant happiness

Taking croissant at the bakery from time to time.

 

5 « For me, happiness is above all to be well. » – Françoise Sagan

 

6 « Happiness is a childhood dream realized in adulthood. » – Sigmund Freud

 

paris skyline from le printemps roof

Live in the city you choose.

 

7 « Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. » – Dalai Lama

 

8 «If you have a purpose in life that takes a lot of energy, which requires hard work, committing great interest and that is a challenge for you, you will always look forward to waking up to see what the new day will bring.» – Susan Polis Schultz

 

black cat with green eyes laying

I do not get up if I don’t have a mouse in my plate! =^..^=

 

9 « The success is having what you want. Happiness is liking what you have. » – H. Jackson Brown

 

10  « There is no happiness without freedom nor freedom without courage. » – Périclès

 

Tsigrado Milos Grece

Cliff climb to get to the Tsigrado Beach, Milos, Grèce

 

11 « Do what you love, is freedom; Loving what you do is happiness. » – Unknown

 

12 « Remember that the happiest people are not those who get more, but those who give more. » – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

easter chocolate eggs

Enjoying Easter Eggs

 

13 « Happiness is not a destination but a way of traveling. » – Margaret Lee Runbeck

 

14 « If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day – go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else. » – Chinese Proverb

 

 

greek salad with caper

Enjoy and (share) the best Greek Salad, I ever taste!

 

15 « Happiness is the only thing that doubles when it is shared. » – Albert Schweitzer

 

16 « Happiness is like a kiss. You need to enjoy sharing. » – Bernard Meltzer

 

perfect day in paris happiness

Photo souvenir of a Belle Journée de Printemps spent with happy faces :-)

 

17 « Happiness is contagious: surround yourself with happy faces. » – Dominique Glocheux

 

18 “Happiness is the reconciliation of man with beauty. ” – Irène de Buisseret

 

squirrel from st james park london

Become spectator of the beauty that surrounds us (to discover or re-discover this post, it’s here!)

 

 

Photos: by me :-)

 

I wish you all a wonderful and beautiful 2016 year! ♥♥♥

 

Ma vie est mon Bonheur

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