Happiness: The Power of the Ordinary

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit, and a violin;
what else does a man need to be happy?
– Albert Einstein

Srinagar, Kashmir
Petra, Jordan

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to having it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbors.  Such is my idea of happiness.
– Leo Tolstoy

Rajasthan, India

It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving,
but like morning light it scattered the night and
made the day worth living.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Happiness is not something ready-made.
It comes from your own actions
– Dalai Lama

Kabul, Afghanistan
Busan, South Korea

Happiness is a warm puppy.
– Charles Schultz

Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan

The art of creating intimacy cannot be bought by anything but time, interest and engagement in the people around you.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
– Meik Wiking

Istanbul, Turkey

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done,
the zest of creating things new
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Tokyo, Japan

Life is not a problem to be solved. Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you.
Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life,
 Hector Garcia Puigcerver

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