A few quotes about happiness for a happy November – Weekly inspirations #23

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In Catholic Church it is celebrated today (1 November) the all Saints Day. Since I am Orthodox I no longer celebrate this day, but I think I can pass you some words of wisdom from Orthodox Saints.

Blessed are those who’ve managed to simplify their life and become deliberated from the web of this world’s development of numerous conveniences, and were released from the frightening stress of our present age.” – St. Paisios of Mount Athos

Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.” – St. John Chrisostom

Why not learn to enjoy the little things – there are so many of them.” – St. John Chrisostom

Such is the power of love: it embraces, and unites, and fastens together not only those who are present and near, but also those who are distant. And neither time, nor separation in space, nor anything else of that kind, can break up and divide in pieces the affection of the soul.” – St. John Chrisostom

Only those who do not fight, are never wounded.” – St. John Chrisostom

How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! In the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes. Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this.” St. Nektarios of Aegina

It’s amazing how most of saints lived so long ago (even 1600 years ago) and yet their words are still up to date in our times. Back then they told us how to find happiness and many centuries later we still struggle searching for it in all wrong places. When will we learn?

Enjoy November ❤

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