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Wellbeing Quotes

A collection of wellbeing quotes & definitions.

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Anon
Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life...for yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision; but today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope

Greg Anderson
The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually

Marcus Aurelius
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe

Melody Beattie
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow

Botsman & Rogers
We believe collaborative consumption is part of an even bigger shift from a production-orientated measurement system that just gauges the amount we sell to a multi-dimensional notion of value that also takes into consideration the wellbeing of current and future generations. With the consideration of a more holistic understanding of wellbeing, we see this epoch as a time when we take a leap and recreate a sustainable system built to serve basic human needs for community, individual identity, recognition and meaningful activity

Stephen Covey
There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy'. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution

Sidney Cohen
Brain circuitry permits momentary ecstasy or prolonged pleasure. Apparently prolonged ecstasy is neurophysiologically impossible

Francis Crick
The astonishing hypothesis is that you, your joys, and your sorrows, your memories and ambitions, your sense of personal identity and freewill, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.  As Lewis Carroll's Alice might have phrased it "You're nothing but a pack of neurons".

Dante
The Infinite Goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it

James Dean
Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today

John Dewey
Thinking begins with a felt difficulty

John Donne
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main

Dalai Lama
I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace

Barbara Ehrenreich: Smile or Die
I do not write this in a spirit of sourness or personal disappointment of any kind, nor do I have any romantic attachment to suffering as a source of insight or virtue. On the contrary, I would like to see more smiles, more laughter, more hugs, more happiness and, better yet, joy. In my own vision of utopia, there is not only more comfort, and security for everyone — better jobs, health care, and so forth — there are also more parties, festivities, and opportunities for dancing in the streets. Once our basic material needs are met — in my utopia, anyway — life becomes a perpetual celebration in which everyone has a talent to contribute. But we cannot levitate ourselves into that blessed condition by wishing it. We need to brace ourselves for a struggle against terrifying obstacles, both of our own making and imposed by the natural world. And the first step is to recover from the mass delusion that is positive thinking.

Albert Einstein
Well-being and happiness never appeared to me as an absolute aim. I am even inclined to compare such moral aims to the ambitions of a pig

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile

Epictetus
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Benjamin Franklin
The things which hurt instruct

Bhante Gunaratana: Mindfulness in Plain English
You can't make radical changes in the pattern of your life until you begin to see yourself exactly as you are now.  As soon as you do that, changes will flow naturally.  You don't have to force anything, struggle or obey rules dictated to you by some authority. It is automatic, you just change. Bur arriving at that initial insight is quite a task...mental cultivation through meditation is without rival in helping you achieve this sort of understanding and serene happiness.

Paul Hawken
Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor

Tim Jackson
We're spend money we don't have on things we don't need to make impressions that don't last on people we don't know

Joseph Jestrow
The world is as large as the range of one's interests

Helen Keller
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all

Abraham Maslow
The study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy

The concept of creativeness and the concept of the healthy, self-actualizing, fully human person seem to be coming closer and closer together and may perhaps turn out to be the same thing

Harvey Milkman: Craving For Ecstasy & Natural Highs
The most pleasure that life has to offer is an adequate flow of dopamine into the nucleus accumbens...feelings of wellbeing, as well as the absence of craving or anxiety, depend on an adequate supply of dopamine...activities that elicit pleasure or reward are accompanied by an increase of dopamine..even our thoughts, positive and negative can create changes in our brain

Through self-regulation of thoughts, feelings and actions we can orchestrate our natural brain chemistry to evoke positive feeling states and lasting happiness

Henry Miller
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself

OH Mowrer
It is easier to act yourself into a better way of feeling than to feel yourself into a better way of action

Murray & Kluckhohn
Every man is, in certain respects (a) like all other men, (b) like some other men, (c) like no other man 

Daniel Nettle: Happiness: The Science Behing Your Smile
Finally we are beginning to understand that brain functioning is in direct control of our happiness. How could it be otherwise? But the brain is a supremely flexible organ that changes it's chemistry in adaptive response to what is going on around it.  Finding out that something has a brain basis does not make it intrinsically any more or less malleable by psychological or social means

Natural selection has provided us with a multi-level mind, in which relatively automatic emotion programs can be modulated by information from context, planning, logic, further reflection, and so on

Norman Vincent Peale
A person with a hundred interests is twice as alive as one with only fifty and four times as alive as the man who has only twenty five. What are you interested in?

Jules Peck
For too long sustainability and 'CSR' have been firmly a NO story about stopping doing things. Whats new here is that a focus on maximising the wellbeing of customers and society is a positive vision. That makes it very empowering for companies and more likely to succeed in helping to create the kinds of change we need.

Raj Persaud: Staying Sane
There is a spectrum of mental health. Even if you are not suffering from actual symptoms there is still much you can do to shift yourself in the right direction along the spectrum of mental health and away from illness

A cardinal sign of poor mental health is that your internal state takes precedence over whatever is happening in your external environment

We have already seen the importance of aiming not for intense positive moods but simply an increased frequency of moderately positive ones as the pathway to overall better wellbeing

Not doing much that is exciting leads to greater torpor which in turn yields greater doldrums

Katherine Porter
The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own -even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being

Matthieu Ricard: The Art of Meditation
In the end it always our mind that experiences the world and translates it into wellbeing or suffering. If we transform our way of looking at things we will transform the quality of our life. And this change is the result of training our mind, which is meditation.

Meditation is about training the mind and getting rid of afflictive emotions. Whatever you want to do you need a mind that is stable and calm...a mind that is flexible, useable and over which you have some control. The first step in meditation is to master that control and then to use it to develop human qualities.

Albert Schweitzer
The witch doctor succeeds for the same reason all the rest of us doctors succeed. Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing this truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.

David Servan-Schreiber Healing Without Freud or Prozac
The emotional brain directs us towards the experiences that we seek, and the cognitive brain tries to get us there as intelligently as possible. From the resulting harmony there comes the feeling, 'I am where I want to be in my life'. This feeling underlies all our lasting experiences of wellbeing.

When our emotions are too strong the predominance of the emotional over the cognitive brain begins to take over our mental functioning. We then lose control over the flow of our thoughts and we do not act in our best long-term interests. In fact we find ourselves being ‘too emotional’ or even ‘irrational’.

On the other hand...excessive control of emotions may foster a temperament that is not 'sensitive' enough...People may experience serious damage to their health because they tend to stifle emotions too much. The seperation between the cognitive and emotional brains creates an extraordinary capacity to remain unaware of the small alarms bells going off in our limbic brain...But our deafness to an underlying distress does not make it go away. Since our emotional brain interacts principally with our body, this impasse may express itself in physical problems, the symptoms of which are the classic stress disorders: unexplained fatigue, high blood pressure, chronic colds and other infections, heart diseases, intestinal disorders and skin problems.

When our cortical & limbic brains constantly cooperate our thoughts, decisions & movements blend and flow naturally, without particular attention paid to them. At every moment we know what choice we should make. We pursue our objectives effortlessly, with natural concentration, because our actions are in harmony with our values. This state of wellbeing is what we continually aspire to. It is the sign of perfect harmony between the emotional brain, supplying energy and guidance, and the cognitive brain bringing it to fruition. As it turns out we have a simple physiological marker for this cerebral harmony - the smile.

Thomas Szasz
Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is

Samual Smiles
Men must necessarily be the active agents of their own well-being and well-doing... they themselves must in the very nature of things be their own best helpers

John Updike
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being

Marcia Wieder
It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing

WHO (World Health Organisation)
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity

World Economic Forum
We are no longer selling 'stuff', we are enhancing people's wellbeing overall

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