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The first rules of happiness by Craig


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There are two kinds of people in the world - those who wake up and say, "Good morning, Lord," and those who wake up and say, "Good Lord, it's morning... ~ C                                   

First Rules of Happiness


The first rule of happiness: Happiness is a mode of travel, not a destination.
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The first rule of happiness: You can either gripe about the storms in your life or go dancing in the rain.
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The first rule of happiness: Just as one candle can light a thousand candles, so is your happiness.
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The first rule of happiness: What you give out - you will get back. Send out anger, hate, indifference or impatience and get the same back. Send out love and you’ll get love back.
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The first rule of happiness: The quickest way to change your life is to change what you do every day.
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The first rule of happiness: Loving friends and family are worth more than their weight in gold.
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The first rule of happiness: There is should never be a difference between what you think is right and what you know is right.
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The first rule of happiness: Happiness is really very simple. Its life that is so complicated sometimes. It’s best not to confuse the two.
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The first rule of happiness: You are what you eat - and see - and hear - and think.
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The first rule of happiness: Life is not always about how high you can climb. It is about how well you bounce. 
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The first rule of happiness: Make happy your default setting.
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The first rule of happiness: Save an egg - crack a smile instead.
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The first rule of happiness: Life needs both meaning and purpose. Meaning is finding out your gifts in life. Purpose comes in giving them away.
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The first rule of happiness: Forgiveness to others is not weakness, it is wisdom.
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The first rule of happiness: Own yourself. If you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.
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The first rule of happiness: Carrying a grudge is a waste of happiness.
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The first rule of happiness: Your best friend is the one who can help you remember the lyrics to the song in your heart.
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The first rule of happiness: Forgiveness makes one awesome pain reliever.
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The first rule of happiness: If you want to know the value of one minute, ask the person who just missed their bus.
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The first rule of happiness: Life’s scars may indicate where we’ve been but should have nothing to do with where we are headed.
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The first rule of happiness: The winds of change always bring with them new directions in life.
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The first rule of happiness: Being on the right track won’t keep you from getting run over if you are just sitting there.
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The first rule of happiness: Keep your words tender and sweet in case you ever have to eat them.
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First rule of happiness: Affirmations work because they are a way to change core beliefs for the better. What you confess and believe is what you become.
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The first rule of happiness: NEVER let others think for you. Think for yourself.
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The first rule of happiness: Take a moment to nourish someone with a hug. It will actually nourish you also!
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The first rule of happiness: Change the things that you cannot accept rather than the other way around.
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The first rule of happiness: You may not always be able to make a brand new start but you can always make a brand new ending.
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First rule of happiness: Stop comparing yourself to others…
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The first rule of happiness: Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of fierce battle that you may never know about.
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First rule of happiness: Remembering the past has two little-used but critical parts: forgiving and forgetting. When we forgive and forget the past we make more room to enjoy the present.
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The first rule of happiness: The sky is not the limit - it's just the view from here...
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The first rule of happiness: If you make a goal without a plan it’s really just a wish.
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The first rule of happiness: What you are actively seeking you will find. Good, bad or indifferent…
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The first rule of happiness: Good, better and best. Your worst enemy in life is being overwhelmed by too many good things while forgetting the better and best things.
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The first rule of happiness: What you allow in your life is what will continue in your life.
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The first rule of happiness: There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ for happiness.
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The first rule of happiness: Happiness in not a destination but rather an attitude.
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The first rule of happiness: If you continually hang out with people who don't share your higher standards, don’t worry, they'll eventually lower yours.
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The first rule of happiness: The golden rule applied means that it is your move.
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The first rule of happiness: Changing the way you look at things will change the things you are looking at.
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The first rule of happiness: You cannot skip and be unhappy at the same time - and that’s a fact!
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The first rule of happiness: It’s impossible to fill your hands with rocks to throw them at someone when you are holding the towel to wash their feet.
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The first rule of happiness: NEVER place your happiness in someone else’s hands.
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The first rule of happiness: People are to be loved, things are to be used! If you love things you will use people.
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The first rule of happiness: If you are going to gossip, make it about other people’s virtues.
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The first rule of happiness: It is much easier to judge the mistakes of others than to recognize and change our own behavior.
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The first rule of happiness: Once you overcome a big adversity in your life, only gravity holds you back.
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The first rule of happiness: Dreams do not come with an expiration date.
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The first rule of happiness: Bitter words are painstakingly forged from bad ideas. Sweet words simply blossom from the heart.
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The first rule of happiness: Don’t just criticize. Help me understand!
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The first rule of happiness: Satisfaction is realizing how blessed you are with what you have.
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The first rule of happiness: Some people don’t notice all the good things you do for them until you stop. But don’t ever stop!
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The first rule of happiness: Never criticize someone else’s plan unless you have a better one to offer.
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The first rule of happiness: Unshared happiness is pretty much tasteless.
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The first rule of happiness: Good deeds help brighten a dark and dying world.
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The first rule of happiness: When you wake up with determination in your heart, you go to bed with satisfaction in your soul.
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The first rule of happiness: My worth is not dictated by you or anyone else.
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The first rule of happiness: Happiness is not always about pleasing other people.
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The first rule of happiness: Your character is your foundation and just like with a big building, the foundation lies mostly below the surface. But oh, what a marvelous structure it supports!
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The first rule of happiness: A negative mindset can never give you a positive life.
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The first rule of happiness: Forgive others. Not because they deserve it but because you deserve the peace that comes with it.
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The first rule of happiness: What you endure today develops the strength you will need tomorrow.
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The first rule of happiness: The idle can never compete with the industrious.
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The first rule of happiness: Angry people live in an angry world and loving people in a loving world. It is the same world!
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The first rule of happiness: People who get their happiness from helping others have lower levels of inflammatory gene expression. This means lower levels of risk of serious disease including dementia, heart disease, cancer and more.
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The first rule of happiness: Where there is life there is hope for today.
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The first rule of happiness: Be careful with your words. Your mouth does not have a backspace key…
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The first rule of happiness: The greatest enemy of ‘best’ is ‘good’.
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The first rule of happiness: You’ll never truly know how heavy your heart’s burden is until you set it down.
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The first rule of happiness: The one at the “top of the mountain” didn’t fall there. They had to climb it.
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The first rule of happiness: Be careful not to develop eye strain looking for trouble.
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The first rule of happiness: Worry can’t stop the bad things but it can stop your joy over the good things.
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The first rule of happiness: Smiling is exercise for the soul.
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The first rule of happiness: Glowsticks have to be broken before they shine.
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The first rule of happiness: Winning arguments is for the courtroom and someone has to lose. Resolving conflict is for healthy relationships and both sides win.
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The first rule of happiness: Thankfulness turns any meal into a feast.
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The first rule of happiness: People can teach you, people can inspire you, but only you can change yourself.
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The first rule of happiness: Success is not always final. But then, neither is failure.
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The first rule of happiness: Envy is counting someone else's blessings rather than your own.
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The first rule of happiness: Forgiving someone does not excuse their behavior or give you some kind of spiritual amnesia. It just takes weight of that person’s offense off of your hook and places them on God’s hook.
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The first rule of happiness: It takes both the sun and the rain to make a rainbow.
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First rule of happiness: The worst lies you tell are the ones you tell yourself…
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The first rule of happiness: Arguments merely reveal conflict. A won argument is only a temporary win for one side of a relationship - the conflict lives on... A resolved conflict is a win-win for both sides.
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The first rule of happiness: Sometimes we don’t know what we have until we lose it.
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The first rule of happiness: We more often regret the things we didn’t do as compared to the things we did do.
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The first rule of happiness: Just because you’re treading on a well-beaten path doesn’t mean you are on the right road.
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The first rule of happiness: Your character is worth far and away more than your reputation.
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The first rule of happiness: A wise child once told me, “Sometimes you just have to just turn your sparkle loose”!
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The first rule of happiness: Your body is always listening and responding to the words of your mouth and the attitude of heart.
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The first rule of happiness: The most attractive features you have are your heart and soul.
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The first rule of happiness: You are already worthy because God made you worthy - not because you see or feel it. Surround yourself with people who treat you like the worthy you already are.
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The first rule of happiness: The path without obstacles leads nowhere.
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First rule of happiness: Nothing changes if nothing changes…
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The first rule of happiness: Know who you are! If you are truly living and expressing your inner soul, the critics can’t touch you.
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The first rule of happiness: The cement for repairing broken relationships is forgiveness.
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The first rule of happiness: Always view the world, not as it is, but as it could be.
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The first rule of happiness: Nobody "makes you angry". Anger is an emotion of choice. You choose to be angry or not.
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The first rule of happiness: To learn how to love better, start with someone you hate.
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The first rule of happiness: If you feel gratitude but fail to express it, that is the same as wrapping a gift and then not giving it.
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The first rule of happiness: Think big thoughts but relish the small things.
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The first rule of happiness: Good, better and best. Don’t skip doing the best things because you are caught up doing too many good things.
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The first rule of happiness: Competing means beating someone else. Excelling means beating self.
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The first rule of happiness: The little things you do for others occupy the bigger part of their hearts.
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The first rule of happiness: Bad things are bad and good things are good. The bible never says “For all things be thankful”. It says “In all things be thankful”.
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The first rule of happiness: A problem shared with someone you trust is a problem halved.
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The first rule of happiness: People in my life who try to drag me down only make me stronger!
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First rule of happiness: We can only truly focus on one thought at a time. The thought we choose to dwell on becomes a feeling. Thoughts come and go as we choose different ones - as do the feelings that go with them.
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First rule of happiness: True happiness comes from within and not from other people.
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The first rule of happiness: Stop looking at and longing for the door to open that has been shut. Start looking for another open door.
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The first rule of happiness: Establishing healthy relationships is much easier than repairing broken ones later.
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The first rule of happiness: Forgiving someone can be very hard. Forgiving yourself can be even harder.
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First rule of happiness: There is NO greater force in the universe than love. Love can overcome any other force in your life.
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First rule of happiness: You don’t have to attend every argument that you get invited to.
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The first rule of happiness: The hurtful people in your life only serve to help you know for sure what you don’t want to be.
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First rule of happiness: Learning to be happy is the single most important skill to learn.
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The first rule of happiness: Always be the first to smile. The dividends are amazing!
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The first rule of happiness: A tree cannot forever stay a graceful young sapling. With time it has to grow strong and gnarly to weather the many winters, droughts, firestorms and other hazards that will befall it through its life. But, oh what a majestic organism is produced with age! The very scars in the bark and twists in the limbs all tell an awesome tale of survival and perseverance. We are that tree…
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First rule of happiness: Never let your insecurities define who you are…
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The first rule of happiness: Inside of every person are all the qualities for success.
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The first rule of happiness: Speak with your mouth but express with your whole soul.
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The first rule of happiness: Friendships are like books. They take years to write but can be burned to ashes in moments.
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First rule of happiness: Radical success takes radical thinking. Some people won't like it.
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The first rule of happiness: A mind in the gutter leads to a life down the drain…
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The first rule of happiness: Unhappiness is not generally thrust upon you. Unhappiness happens when happiness is pilfered over time.
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First rule of happiness: Live your life by choice - not chance.
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First rule of happiness: Take extra care when building character. It is a long and tedious process that can be wiped out in a moment’s indiscretion.
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The first rule of happiness: Never let bitterness steal your sweetness.
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The first rule of happiness: Loving relationships are not built on winning arguments but are built on finding solutions.
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First rule of happiness: The harder something is to complete the more fulfilled we will feel after we finish it.
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First rule of happiness: Worry never changes anything. Action, on the other hand, changes everything.
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First rule of happiness: Be the ________ (parent, boss, friend, child, spouse, neighbor) that would want to have for your own ________ (parent, boss, friend, child, spouse, neighbor).
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First rule of happiness: Breathe in courage, exhale fear
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The first rule of happiness: Sometimes your enemy is your future best friend in disguise.
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The first rule of happiness: If things aren’t working out, don’t quit your day dream!
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First rule of happiness: Forgive others from your heart - even if they will never be able to know it…
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First rule of happiness: Every morning say “I love you” into the mirror.
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The first rule of happiness: Intimacy is the act of connecting to someone so deeply that you see into their soul.
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First rule of happiness: In order for something to be a truly good deal, all parties should be blessed...
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The first rule of happiness: If and when anyone doubts you - prove them wrong!
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First rule of happiness: Don’t believe everything you think…
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The first rule of happiness: Don’t listen to people who are always telling you what to do. Rather, emulate the people who are already doing the things you admire and want to do also.
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First rule of happiness: Holding onto anger against someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die…
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First rule of happiness: What you think - you become…
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The first rule of happiness: Loneliness is the pain of being alone but solitude is the glory of being alone.
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The first rule of happiness: One of the greatest pleasures in life comes from accomplishing what everyone said you couldn’t.
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The first rule of happiness: In reality, you are stronger than any excuse you can come up with!
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First rule of happiness: Don’t borrow worries from tomorrow as tomorrow will have plenty of its own worries to deal with.
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First rule of happiness: Today’s discouragement is replaced by tomorrow’s joy.
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The first rule of happiness: If you are your own worst critic, you should change up sides to become your biggest fan.
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First rule of happiness: A tree cannot forever stay a graceful young sapling. With time it has to grow strong and gnarly to weather the many winters, droughts, firestorms and other hazards that will befall it through its life. But, oh what a majestic organism is produced with age! The very scars in the bark and twists in the limbs all tell an awesome tale of survival and perseverance. We are that tree… ~ C
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First rule of happiness: Impossible is actually spelled I’m-possible…
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First rule of happiness: Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle too.
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First rule of happiness: To attract the right people in your life you need to become the right people for you.
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First rule of happiness: We all eat the fruit of our own words. Make them sweet and nourishing.
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The first rule of happiness: Even if you are making mistakes all the time, you are miles ahead of someone who isn’t even trying.
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The first rule of happiness: There are no shortcuts in life to anywhere that is worth going to.
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First rule of happiness: Your future actually starts today, not tomorrow…
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First rule of happiness: Find your comfort zone and then leave it way behind!
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First rule of happiness: You don’t need to know the details of the entire journey to take the first step.
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First rule of happiness: If you never try, you will never know what you can do.
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The first rule of happiness: Character is like a fence - It might look better, but it is never strengthened by whitewash.
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The first rule of happiness: Indifference is a dire enemy.
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First rule of happiness: In the end we regret the chances we didn’t take the most...
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First rule of happiness: NEVER break a promise - even if someone else breaks theirs first…
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The first rule of happiness: If you don’t have enough time to do something right the first time, then just when are you going to have the time to do it right the second time?
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First rule of happiness: Your smile will always inspire someone else.
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First rule of happiness: Surround yourself with people who, in spite of all your shortcomings, flaws, idiosyncrasies and weaknesses, still think that you are amazing…
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First rule of happiness: Those who talk behind your back are behind you for a reason…
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First rule of happiness: You can find a better connection in a forest than on high-speed internet...
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First rule of happiness: Knowing that you were born to be real - not perfect…
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First rule of happiness: Everything behind you is just history. That’s all it is…
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First rule of happiness: You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain somewhere…
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First rule of happiness: Laughter is medicine for the soul.
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The first rule of happiness: Seasons come and seasons go but after a long hard winter spring always comes around.
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First rule of happiness: A loving reply can heal a wayward heart.
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First rule of happiness: Every new day is a great opportunity to start living a new and better life.
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First rule of happiness: It is better to be alone than to be with someone who causes you to sacrifice your self-respect.
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First rule of happiness: Forgive yourself, even when others won’t forgive you…
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The first rule of happiness: Become what you admire in others.
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First rule of happiness: A smile is the prettiest thing you can ever wear…
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First rule of happiness: Be the type of person that you want to know…
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First rule of happiness: True happiness is losing your fear of being wrong.
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First rule of happiness: You are only responsible for what you say - not how someone chooses to hear.
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First rule of happiness: Never compare what is inside of you to what you see on the outside of someone else’s life. There is no comparison in the real world...
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First rule of happiness: Stop bashing what you hate. Promote what you love…
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The first rule of happiness: Forgiveness is a gift -whether or not the other person receives it. It is your part to give it and their part to receive it. You are not responsible for their part.
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First rule of happiness: Only do things that make you happier, healthier and smarter…
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First rule of happiness: Don’t just dream in your sleep…
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First rule of happiness: Go make a cup of tea and take a breather once in a while…
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First rule of happiness: Seasons come and seasons go, so keep breathing - even when you want to die.
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First rule of happiness: Don’t water the weeds in your life - just water the flowers…
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First rule of happiness: If you don’t know where you are going, at least enjoy where you are at…
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First rule of happiness: We are ALL perfectly imperfect.
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The first rule of happiness: Give yourself a break from the pressure to perform. Growth and healing both take time.
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First rule of happiness: Every ending is a new beginning.
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The first rule of happiness: Your mind is fertile soil and your thoughts are seeds. What you plant in thoughts will grow - no doubt about it.
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First rule of happiness: All the water in the world cannot sink a ship - unless it gets inside. Be a ship in the sea of negativity…
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First rule of happiness: You are often stronger than you give yourself credit for.
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The first rule of happiness: Never join the rat race unless you are a rat.
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First rule of happiness: Every forward step you take is one step closer to where you want to be…
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The first rule of happiness: Life without challenge, life without adventure gets pretty bland after a while.
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First rule of happiness: Always remember that you are important to me!
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First rule of happiness: If you fall down 9 times, get up 10. If you fall down 10 times, get up 11. Lather, rinse, repeat…
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First rule of happiness: People are always going to stare. Give them something worthwhile to stare at!
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First rule of happiness: Strong people stand up for themselves but the strongest people stand up for others.
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First rule of happiness: Healing takes time. Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed, it just means that it no longer controls your life.
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First rule of happiness: Never let the desires of others interfere with what’s best for you.
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First rule of happiness: If you are on a mission to feed the hungry you had best eat a big breakfast so you don’t become one of the hungry you are trying to feed.
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First rule of happiness: Losing yourself is worse than losing someone else…
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First rule of happiness: You will either find a way or you will find an excuse…
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The first rule of happiness: For a happier world, instead of saying 'DON'T DO THAT', say 'do this'.
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First rule of happiness: Release the past as it is already gone, don’t worry about tomorrow that’s not yet here or you will miss the wonderment of the moment every time.
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First rule of happiness: When you think the world has turned its back on you, stop to see if you turned your back on the world.
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First rule of happiness: Only surround yourself with people who lift you up.
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The first rule of happiness: If you in over your head then it really doesn’t matter anymore just how deep the waters are.
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First rule of happiness: The first ones to help you up likely knows what falling down feels like…
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First rule of happiness: You will never meet someone who isn’t important…
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First rule of happiness: Don’t ever give up. Great things take time…
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The first rule of happiness: If the grass looks greener on the other side it is actually just greener with envy.
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The first rule of happiness: It’s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.
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First rule of happiness: I’ve been knocked down - but I’ve never been knocked out. When you are hit hard - never give in.
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The first rule of happiness: The French word for “my” is “mon”. Monday must therefore be “my”-day. What a great way to start the week!
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The first rule of happiness: You will never be satisfied with yourself as long as you compare yourself to others.



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