Happiness is like a butterfly said Henry David Thoreau

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

Henry David Thoreau

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Juliet Yordanova

    Helen Keller once said “When one door of happiness closes, another opens. But often we so persistently stare at the closed door that we fail to notice the one that has been open for us all along”. Absolutely beautifully said, for certain, but the painful part is the fact that this quote could not be more true, and this fact is way too sad…

  2. Kim D

    Nice quotes…but really bunk. Sorry. But if you investigate the positivie psychology movement, you’ll see that we have scientific evidence that we CAN promote our own happiness! AND we do it in surprising ways. See more at: http://www.authentichappiness.com

  3. John

    What did Helen Keller know about staring at *anything*??

  4. Grant S

    (To Kim D) Actually, Positive Psychology supports Thoreau’s quote. The research shows that you increase happiness NOT by focusing on happiness, but by performing actions that generate pleasure, engagement and meaning. These three components then lead to measurable increases in happiness. For more information on this, check out: http://enhancingmylife.blogspot.com/2011/02/authentic-happiness-positive-psychology.html

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