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21 Joyful Quotes to Light Up Your Heart

Joyful Quotes | Happiness Quotes

We could all feel more joy.  Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we did?

But the problem is we don’t pay attention to joy. We’re so dedicated to worry, fear, self-doubt, anger, impatience, or another wayward emotion that joy takes a backseat.
Please consider breaking-up with these troublesome emotional patterns.  Instead, make a commitment to joy.

Use these joy quotes like a tonic.  Choose one a day.  Tape it to your mirror, stick it on your computer screen, or clip it to your daily planner.  Read it often and tap into joy.  Smile for no reason.  Laugh out loud.  Enjoy the beauty you notice in each moment.

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37 Life-Changing Quotes


Sometimes we need a powerful kick in the pants or a few potent words to remind us of the obvious.  You may have heard these quotes before, but are you living their truth?

That’s the daily challenge, isn’t it?  Let these quotes help you rise up.  Take just one for now and chew on it for a while, several days, even.  Turn it around in your mind again and again.  Consider how you can actually apply it to your life.  Let it catapult you into an open space where new possibilities arise.

A quote can can alter your life, but only if you let it seep in.  That’s called the lost zone of contemplation.

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22 Books Worth Reading Twice

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Would you like to get cozy with a good book or two?

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends,

What is one book that you would love to read again?

As you can imagine, they shared their most deeply cherished selections – ones with the capacity to transfix you in wonder, transport you to another time and place, or transform your confusion into clarity.

Maybe one of these titles will spark warm or wondrous memories for you too!

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Inspiring Quotes on Life, Love, and Passion from 75 Brilliant Women


Nobel Peace Laureates: Tawakkul Karman, Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Would the world be different if women were in charge?  Read these 75 inspiring quotes on how to live a rich and meaningful life from the some of the most amazing women of our times and see what you think.

Then, consider, for a moment, the wars, violence, poverty, starvation, corruption, human slavery, drug trafficking, environmental devastation, and other unsavory realities that plague our world under male domination.

Does any of the above give you confidence in male leadership?

This earth could provide enough for everyone if we chose cooperation instead of competition and generosity over greed.  There is another way if we embrace an “us” mindset instead of a “me” mindset.  But, I don’t think this sensible approach is foremost in the minds of our predominantly male leaders and its certainly not the prevailing marketing philosophy.

Is it time to listen to women for a change?  Is it time to elevate more women into leadership positions?  Not just a few, but many?

75 Quotes to Celebrate the Wisdom of Women

I’m offering these 75 bold and inspiring quotes from famous female writers, scientists, leaders, and spiritual luminaries to remind us that women have important wisdom to share.

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A Bundle of Joy and Peace: 21 Inspiring Quotations from Thich Nhat Hanh

More quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh on peace, love, and mindfulness.

Respected and dearly loved Zen master, poet, champion of peace, and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us to touch peace with every breath.

You don’t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the universal truths contained within these uplifting quotations.  Use these inspirational seeds as daily reminders to tap into love, compassion, and wisdom every step of the way.

Seeds of Inspiration

  • “We do not need to escape reality to harness the joy and peace that is possible with every breath we take—the power of mindfulness can heal us from the suffering caused by the many stresses that surround us.”
  • “If we are able to look deeply into our suffering and embrace it tenderly, great compassion can be born.”
  • “True power comes from within. What we seek, we already have.”

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Perfect Gifts: 13 Life-Changing Books Plus Beauty from Fibre Tibet

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Words are powerful.  They can ignite positive change in your life and bring you more happiness and freedom.  They can transform the world into a better place.  That’s why I believe the right book is priceless, and indeed the perfect gift.

However, it may not be helpful to read too many books.  The key is to contemplate what you learn and then put it into practice instead of skipping immediately onto a new book.  Otherwise, it’s like leaving a collection of supreme knowledge to gather dust on a book shelf.  And then, just continuing on with automatic habits that leave you discontent.

I read less these days, try to capture the essence of what I read, and then do my best apply it.  My method is to draw a few key points from what I’ve read.  I’m beginning to play with mind maps as a simple way to remind myself of what’s truly important.  I sometimes journal or blog about an important theme from a book as another way to nudge the information more deeply into my being.

These are some of the amazing books that have touched my life in positive ways.  They might make a perfect gift for someone in your life.  That might even be you!

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