It turns out that the process of working toward a goal, participating in a valued and challenging activity, is as important to well-being as its attainment.— Sonja Lyubomirsky
The most charming Sonja Lyubomirsky quotes that will transform you to a better person
Thus the key to happiness lies not in changing our genetic makeup (which is impossible) and not in changing our circumstances (i.e., seeking wealth or attractiveness or better colleagues, which is usually impractical), but in our daily intentional activities.
...The more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic.
Find a happy person, and you will find a project.
The practice of gratitude is incompatible with negative emotions and may actually diminish or deter such feelings as anger, bitterness, and greed.
No one in our society needs to be told that exercise is good for us.
Whether you are overweight or have a chronic illness or are a slim couch potato, you've probably heard or read this dictum countless times throughout your life. But has anyone told you-indeed, guaranteed you-that regular physical activity will make you happier? I swear by it.
Last but not least, the happiest people do have their share of stresses, crises, and even tragedies. They may become just as distressed and emotional in such circumstances as you or I, but their secret weapon is the poise and strength they show in coping in the face of challenge.
Every day you have to renew your commitment.
Some of the strategies should become habitual over time and not a huge effort.
Forgiving people are less likely to be hateful, depressed, hostile, anxious, angry, and neurotic.
I use the term happiness to refer to the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one's life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.
People prone to joyful anticipation, skilled at obtaining pleasure from looking forward and imagining future happy events, are especially likely to be optimistic and to experience intense emotions.
If you're not happy today, then you won't be happy tomorrow unless you take things into your own hands and take action.
All that is required to become an optimist is to have the goal and to practice it. The more you rehearse optimistic thoughts, the more 'natural' and 'ingrained' they will become. With time they will be part of you, and you will have made yourself into an altogether different person.
In a nutshell, the fountain of happiness can be found in how you behave, what you think, and what goals you set every day of your life.
Exercise may very well be the most effective instant happiness booster of all activities.
Women’s magazines will often ask me things like, 'All right, I need six five-minute happiness strategies.' And I say, well, there aren’t any five-minute happiness strategies. This is something you have to do kind of every day for the rest of your life. Just like if you want to raise moral children or if you want to advance in your career. It’s a goal you pursue your whole life.
Write down your barrier thoughts, and then consider ways to reinterpret the situation. In the process, ask yourself questions like... What else could this situation or experience mean? Can anything good come from it? Does it present any opportunities for me? What lessons can I learn and apply to the future? Did I develop any strengths as a result?
The combination of rumination and negative mood is toxic.
Research shows that people who ruminate while sad or distraught are likely to feel besieged, powerless, self-critical, pessimistic, and generally negatively biased.
If we can accept as true that life circumstances are not the keys to happiness, we'll be greatly empowered to pursue happiness for ourselves.
Happiness is not out there for us to find.
The reason that it's not out there is that it's inside us.
It is equally important to investigate wellness as it is to study misery.
I prefer to think of the creation or construction of happiness, because research shows that it's in our power to fashion it for ourselves.