12 Uplifting Quotes about True Happiness | The Health Sessions

12 Uplifting Quotes about True Happiness

We all want to be happy. And understandably so. Happiness doesn’t just feel good, it also protects your physical and mental health and lengthens your life.

But our modern-day fixation on happiness has some downsides. When you expect to wake up with a smile every day, it can be hard to deal with the sadness and anxiety you’ll inevitably feel. Accepting negative emotions as a normal part of life may actually protect you from developing depressive symptoms. What’s more, because there’s so much focus on what you yourself can do to feel happier, our positivity culture puts a lot of responsibility on a person’s shoulders. If you aren’t jumping for joy, you must be doing something wrong.

One of the reasons why we struggle with the pursuit of happiness, is the way we define being happy.

What does ‘happiness’ mean to you?

Happiness can mean a lot of different things to different people. In the English language and positive psychology field, ‘happiness’ can refer to:

  • fleeting emotions of joy, excitement and pleasure;
  • a collection of multiple positive emotions over time;
  • a global assessment of your life satisfaction.

You’ve probably read plenty of headlines about “20 ways to feel happier instantly” in the past few years. And although it’s important to learn how you can cultivate more positive emotions like hope, joy and awe, we pay a lot of attention to our day-to-day fluctuations in happiness. But being cheerful all the time under tough circumstances like chronic illness, financial problems and relationship troubles is hard – and arguably not that healthy.

What if we’d focus more on happiness as an overall, long-term sense of contentment? Instead of being triggered by outside events or momentary thoughts, true happiness would be more about how satisfied you are with your life most of the time. Not that you should be happy-go-lucky every day, but that you experience an enduring appreciation of your family and friends, career or life-as-a-whole.

To ponder what true happiness means to you, take a look at these 12 uplifting happiness quotes.

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12 Courage Quotes to Inspire You to Be Brave | The Health Sessions

12 Courage Quotes to Inspire You to Be Brave

From biblical tales to action hero movies, courage is a virtue that’s universally admired. Many stories portray the courageous knights, explorers and freedom fighters as people who are fearless and bold.

But in reality, courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. On the contrary: without fear, there is no courage.

Courage is about feeling the fear yet deciding to act anyway. Not in a reckless way, but thoughtfully taking necessary risks. More than just physical bravery, courage is also about keeping your head held high when life gets tough. It’s about standing up for what’s right, even if you might get hurt. As Brené Brown has shown us, there lies true courage in daring to be vulnerable.

Thankfully, courage isn’t something you’re born with or not – it’s a skill that can be cultivated. Do you want to be braver? Take a look at these 12 courage quotes. 

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12 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Take Action | The Health Sessions

12 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Take Action

Do you feel stuck in the moment? Scared and overwhelmed, not knowing what to do or how to take back control of your life?

You want to move on, but you don’t know where to start. Even if you do, it’s scary to stand at the beginning of a long, challenging journey like working on your recovery or going after your dreams. Like Guy Kawasaki said, “The hardest thing about getting started is getting started.

If you feel like you’re drowning in the mud, pause for a moment and take a step back. Breathe in deeply and slowly until you feel calmer and clear-headed. Then, get all your concerns, to-do’s and plans out of your head and unto paper. That way, it’s easier to see what your priorities are and which activities you can delete or delegate.

Finally, the ‘only’ thing left to do, is actually doing what needs to be done. The only one who can change your life is you, so stop waiting for permission or that perfect timing that will never come. Just take the first step – no matter how tiny – and you’ll discover that once you get started, it gets easier to keep moving forward.

Take a look at these 12 quotes that will motivate you to take action and get one step closer to your goal today.

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12 Quotes to Help You Find the Silver Lining in Every Cloud | The Health Sessions

12 Quotes to Help You Find the Silver Lining in Every Cloud

“You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” 

It’s a famous quote from the award-winning Silver Linings Playbook movie, but what does it really mean?

The expression “Every cloud has a silver lining” focuses on finding something positive in a gloomy situation. That’s easier said than done when you’re living with chronic pain, financial worries or relationship problems every day. But just because it’s hard to notice the silver linings during dark times, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

Sometimes, there may even come something good of a bad situation. We’ve all heard stories of people who feel their lives changed for the better after tragedy struck. From being forced to reflect upon life to finding their strength and having a new mission in life, many people gain valuable insights or new meaning from redefining moments.

Of course that doesn’t mean you should feel grateful for your problems just because you’ve gained some hard-learned lessons. You can still wish your hardship never happened to you in the first place. Focusing on positive things also doesn’t make your problems any less serious – but it does make the situation easier to bear.

So have a look at these 12 hopeful quotes to look for the silver lining in every dark cloud. 

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14 Encouraging Quotes to Keep Hope Alive in Dark Times | The Health Sessions

14 Encouraging Quotes to Keep Hope Alive in Dark Times

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”

When life’s challenging and you’re tired of struggling, these famous words from The Hunger Games trilogy might be just what you need to pull you through.

Because hope can be powerful. Hope helps you to keep going when you feel like giving up. It pushes you past the pain and obstacles on your way. Hope is a magical combination of optimism, faith and the somewhat stubborn belief that somehow things will work out.

Some people believe it’s better not to have hope, because it will only lead to disappointment. But the dictionary doesn’t just describe hope as an expectation or desire for the future, but also as “a feeling of trust, a belief that something good may happen.” And that’s a significant nuance.

Having a fixed idea in mind about how things should go can crush your spirit, because life rarely goes as planned. But when you think of hope as a dream destination while staying open-minded about the road that leads you there, hope can fuel your determination to get one step closer in the right direction. You still have to put one foot in front of the other, and the journey might be very different than you’d pictured. But with a little luck, a hopeful heart can lead you to some pretty amazing places.

Have a look at these 14 hope quotes to keep your spark alive in dark times. 

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