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Appreciation is a wonderful thing;
it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. (Voltaire)

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and
to work and to play and
to look at the stars. (Henry Van Dyke)

Be happy while you're living, For you're a long time dead. (Scottish Proverb)

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)

The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention. (Julia Cameron)

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. (William Arthur Ward)

Crumbs of happiness make a loaf of contentment.
It is up to you to shape it all together.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened
Don't ever save anything for a special occasion.
Being alive is the special occasion.
Dream as if you'll live forever.
Live as if you'll die today. (James Dean)

Dream what you want to dream,
go where you want to go,
be what you want to be;
you have only one life and
one chance to do all the things you want to do.
Each dawn is a new beginning.
Each day is a precious gift.
Take the time to unwrap every one.
Enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back and
realize they were the big things. (Robert Brault)

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit,
never completely forget about it. (Jacques Prévert)

Every day may not be good,
but there's something good in every day.
Every exit is an entrance somewhere else. (Tom Stoppard)

Every night ask yourself--what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?
Every now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness to just be happy.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
(William Arthur Ward)

For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.
Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid,
but which none have a right to expect. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought.
It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it.
(Lord Halifax)

Gratitude is the best attitude.
Gratitude is the hearts memory. (French Proverb)

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into
a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our
past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. (Melody Beattie)

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply,
to enjoy simply,
to think freely,
to risk life,
to be needed. (Storm Jameson)

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give,
and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Joy is an attitude that comes through gratitude. Keep your face to the sunshine
and you cannot see the shadows. (Helen Keller)

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom. (Marcel Proust)

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
Life's short. If you don't look around once in a while you might miss it.
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. (Betty Smith)

The more you praise and celebrate your life,
the more in life there is to celebrate.
Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember
the nice things that happen to us. (W.N. Rieger)

The only person I must be better than is the person I was yesterday.
People who complain they don't get all they deserve don't realize how lucky they are.
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but
because they didn't stop to enjoy it. (William Feather)

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. (Herm Albright)

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. (G.B. Stern)

Simple pleasures are life's greatest treasures.
A single joy can scatter a hundred griefs.
Some days there won't be a song in your heart.
Sing anyway. (Emory Austin)

To receive a present handsomely and in a right spirit,
even when you have none to give in return,
is to give one in return. (Leigh Hunt)

Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold. (Maurice Seitter)

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. (Frederick Keonig)

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December 29, 2012