321/365 – More selfless to act happy (Gretchen Rubin)

“The belief that unhappiness is selfless
and happiness is selfish
 is misguided.
 It’s more selfless to act happy.
 It takes energy, generosity,
and discipline
to be unfailingly lighthearted,
 yet everyone takes the happy person for granted.
 No one is careful of his feelings
or tries to keep his spirits high.
 He seems self-sufficient;
 he becomes a cushion for others.
And because happiness seems unforced,
that person usually gets no credit.”
Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project

319/365 – Hiw own happiness (Charles Dickens)

“Sadly, sadly, the sun rose;
 it rose upon no sadder sight
 than the man of good abilities
and good emotions,
incapable of their directed exercise,
 incapable of his own help
and his own happiness,
 sensible of the blight on him,
and resigning himself
to let it eat him away.”
Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities

317/365 – Is Ignorance bliss? (Jonathan Safran Foer)

“…is ignorance bliss,
 I don’t know,
 but it’s so painful to think,
and tell me,
what did thinking ever do for me,
to what great place did thinking ever bring me?
 I think and think and think,
 I’ve thought myself out of happiness
one million times,
 but never once into it.”
Jonathan Safran Foer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close