If optimism is a way of looking at life and happiness a condition that can be cultivated, one might as well get down to work without further delay.

Intentionally holding something in awareness is already an affirmation that it can be faced, named, and worked with.

By cultivating the awareness of ‘being mode’ … we might just open ourselves up to the limitless possibilities for happiness that life has to offer us.

This link – feeling compassion and perceiving the world in a more positive light – may explain why compassionate individuals generally tend to be more optimistic as well.

When we feel compassionate toward someone, we see the whole world colored in a positive light.

The Dalai Lama’s ability to focus on what has been enriching about life in exile rather than all that has been lost has allowed him to go beyond sadness, grief and even despair.

Joy is the happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment. – Brother Steindl-Rast

Gratitude means moving from counting your burdens to counting your blessings.

Every day, think as you wake up, ‘I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it.’

“The Dalai Lama seems amused by everything that is going on around him, taking pleasure in whatever is going on, but not taking anything too personally. Not worrying or taking offense at whatever is happening.” – Daniel Goleman

Lasting well-being arises from cultivating positive emotions and wisdom.