Carrying Joy

“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”
~ Carlos Santana,
Musician, Songwriter, Bandleader, Author, Kennedy Center Honoree (2013), Co-Founder – Milagro Foundation
Billboard Latin Music Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Award (2004),
International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2002), BMI Latin Awards BMI Icon (2005),
Grammy Awards (10X) & Latin Grammy Awards (3X)
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It’s Not Like the End of the World

“Sure, I suffered a lot. But it’s not like the end of the world and
it’s not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and
I’m able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.
I find forgiveness to be really healthy.”
~ Ben Affleck,
a.k.a. Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
Actor, Director, Producer Screenwriter, Academy Awards (2X), Golden Globe Awards (3X),
BAFTA Awards (2X), Screen Actors Guild Awards (2X), Humanitarian, Philanthropist,
Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild Award, Co-Founder – Eastern Congo Initiative , Co-Owners –Pearl Street Films

 

A Tool to Open the Heart

“I think that comedy is such a tool to open the heart, to loosen up the muscles, to loosen up the brain.
God knew how important it would be to laugh because He said it is a great medicine,
and when used properly, it is the greatest of medicines.”
~ Chonda Pierce,
Comedienne, Author, Philanthropist &
Co-Founder – Branches Recovery Center

That’s the Moment to Rejoice

“That moment when you think you just can’t take it anymore, that’s the moment
to rejoice as that is when your body & mind grow stronger to carry you through.”
~ Nicole Curtis,
Investor, Realtor, Author
& House Restorer, Host – Rehab Addict

Confidence & a Lot of Fun

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun,
and when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”
~ Joe Namath,
Football Quarterback ((New York Jets (1965–1976), Los Angeles Rams (1977)),
Nightclub Owner, Talk Show Host, Advertising Spokesman,
Actor (Theater, Motion Picture, Television), Sports Broadcaster,
Pro-Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl III Champion, Super Bowl III MVP,
Pro Bowl (1972), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1974) & AFL Champion (1968)

Your Purpose & Your Unique Talent

“Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others.
When we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience
the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”
~ Kallam Anji Reddy,
Entrepreneur, Founder-Chairman – Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Chairman – Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF),
Padma Shri Award (2001) & Padmabhushan Award (2011)

Laugh & Be Friends

“Well, I think that’s one of the biggest secrets of marriage;
you have to be able to laugh and be friends.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

What’s Really Loved?

“There’s always time for what you really love.”
~ Sheryl Lee Ralph,
Actress, Singer, Author,Activist & Independent Spirit Award (1991

Sincere & Selfless Contribution

“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”
~ Anthony Robbins
a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick ,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author

Jumping Out of Bed in the Morning?

“What makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning?
What puts a smile on your face, the kind you can’t wipe off if you tried?
What fascinates you? Motivates you? Overwhelms you in the very best sense?
If you don’t know, I suggest not wasting one more single day until you find out.”
~ Chip Gaines,
Co-Owner & Co-Founder – Magnolia Homes,
& Co-Star – Fixer Upper

Let’s Have a Sunny Life, Instead

“A shady business never yields a sunny life.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Christmas’ Spirit of Love

“My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love
which comes at Christmastime
fill our homes and our lives
and linger there long after the tree is down
and the lights are put away for another year.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

Giving Without a Thought of Getting

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.
It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others.
It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

When You Rise, Give Thanks

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks
for the light,
for your life,
for your strength.
Give thanks
for your food and
for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.”
~ Tecumseh,
Shawnee Warrior & Chief, Orator & Founder – Prophetstown

Work, Stay Active & LIKE What You’re Doing

“I just see too many people retire and say,
‘I’m going to take off, travel, spend time with my family’ and they are just miserable.
They end up dying. People who work and stay active, and like what they are doing, live longer.”
~ Terry Bradshaw,
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback (1970-1983), Actor, TV Analyst, Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
Super Bowl MVP (XIII, XIV), Pro Bowl (1975, 1978, 1979), First-Team All-Pro (1978), NFL Most Valuable Player (1978),
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1979), Pro Football Hall of Fame (1989) & College Football Hall of Fame (1996)

A Happier State of Mine

“To be interested in the changing seasons is . . .
a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”
~ George Santayana,
a.k.a. Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás,
Philosopher, Essayist, Poet & Novelist

The Body is Like a Car

“The body is like a car: the older you become the more you have to take care of it
– and you don’t leave a Ferrari out in the sun.”
~ Joan Collins, DBE,
Actress, Author, Columnist, Wig Designer,
Eye-Wear Designer & Creator/Founder – Timeless Beauty

Laughing Once a Day

“It’ll keep you alive for another 10 years, if you get yourself a laugh once a day:
either provoke it, or look around in the wildest laboratory in the world, the public.”
~ Jerry Lewis,
a.k.a Joseph Levitch
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Producer, Humanitarian, Screenwriter and Film Director
Winner of several Lifetime Achievements Awards from:
The American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association,
& Venice Film Festival, Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2x)
Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors
(highest Emmy Award, 2005)
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(2009)

Nice Conversations

“You have to enjoy life.
Always be surrounded by people that you like,
people who have a nice conversation.
There are so many positive things to think about.”
~ Sophia Loren
a.k.a Sofia Villani Scicolone,

Actress, Best Foreign Actress BAFTA Award winner,
Best Actress Academy Award winner, César Award winner,
Golden Ariel Award winner, and Grammy Award-winner

Happy to Be

“I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.”
“I like having my hair and face done,
but I’m not going to lose weight because someone tells me to.
I make music to be a musician, not to be on the cover of Playboy.”
“I don’t rely on my figure to sell records.”
“Even if I did have, you know, a ‘Sports Illustrated’ body,
I’d still wear elegant clothes.”
“I’m really happy to be me,
and I’d like to think people like me more
because I’m happy with myself
and not because I refuse to conform to anything.”
~ Adele,
a.k.a. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Singer, Songwriter & Grammy Award (12x)

Being a Black Being

“I love being black in America, and
especially being black in Hollywood.”
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

Whatever Else You Do Well

“If you bungle raising your children,
I don’t think whatever else you do well
matters very much.”
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
Photographer, Book Editor &
35th First Lady of the United States (1961 – 1963)

The Christmases in Our Lives

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“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.
But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life,
you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories.
Those memories, good and bad, are really what help
to keep a family together over the long haul.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

Hanukkah & Christmas: We Do Both

“Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal.
We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.”
~ Fred Melamed,
Actor, Producer & Writer

Happiness: The Bomb Cosmetic!

“Happiness is the bomb cosmetic! When I’m smiling,
sometimes I’m giving thanks for all the things
I have rather than worrying about the things I don’t.”
~ Yaya DaCosta,
a.k.a. Camara DaCosta Johnson
Actress & Model

Did I? Did You?

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing?
Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?
These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits,
here in this world and the life to come.”
~ Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen,
Priest, Professor, Writer, Author, Public Speaker,
Theologian, Thomas Merton Award (1985)
Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence (1996)
Emmausprisen Prize (2002)

Intently Focused

“Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently.
So, choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful.
Your life is always moving toward something.”
~ Ralph Marston,
Author

Totally Self-Sufficient ‘Eats’

“I’m a farmer now, and it’s fantastic. My goal is to be totally self-sufficient and
grow everything that I eat. There’s something about earning your dinner that’s cool.”
~ Roseanne Cherrie Barr,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Author, Producer, Director & Politician

Laughing at Yourself

“One thing that I am proud of: I am really capable of laughing at myself.”
~ Penelope Cruz,
Actress, Model, Philanthropist, Clothing Designer, Academy Award (2008),
Empire Award, Goya Award, BAFTA Awards, European Film Award, & Hollywood Walk of Fame Star,

Difficult Victories, Happiest Wins

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“The more difficult the victory,
the greater the happiness in winning.”
~ Pele
a.k.a Edson Arantes do Nascimento,
Footballer, Humanitarian, FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013),
France Football’s Football Player of the Century (1999),
Player of the Century (1999), IOC Athlete of the Century (1999),
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967)
Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969) & Brasil Postage Stamp (1969),

Happiness Can Creep Up on You!

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“Even when there are times that we’re not happy,
happiness will creep in.”
~ Dyan Cannon,
a.k.a Samille Diane Friesen
Film & Television Actress, Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Producer,
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress,
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture,
& Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

Necessary Happiness

“Some people think happiness is a luxury, but it’s a necessity.
You need to make space for it in your life.”
~ Christie Brinkley
a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,
Super-Model, Actress, Artist,
Author & Entrepreneur
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My Strength & Stay

“My husband has, quite simply,
been my strength and stay all these years,
and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

Calmer, Happier & Alert

“Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful – just plain happier,
or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on
getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people,
and that by itself would be a major achievement.
Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein
Actor, Writer, Lawyer, Commentator,
& Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host

Justified Resentment!

“The worst resentment that anybody can have
is one you feel justified to keep.”
~ Louis Gossett, Jr.,
Actor, Academy Award (1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman)
Emmy Award (1977 miniseries Roots)

What I Do Have is Great

“I don’t have a ton of friends,
but the friends I have are great ones.
I don’t have huge family,
but the family I have is a great one.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook
,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

Have Business-Fun!

“Have fun. The game is a lot more enjoyable
when you’re trying to do more than just make money.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist,
Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

Attributes of Leadership

“I know of no single formula for success.
But over the years I have observed
that some attributes of leadership are universal
and are often about finding ways of encouraging people
to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights,
their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

Are You 30ish and Stiff, or 60ish and Supple?

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body.
If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old.
If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”
~ Joseph Pilates,
Author & Inventor of Pilates

It’s Your Hour to Cherish

“Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.
Cherish each hour of this day for it can NEVER return. Welcome every morning with a smile.
Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator,
another golden opportunity.”

Og Mandino a.k.a Augustine Mandino II
Author

Energized By the Possibilities

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“You cannot sit back and wait
to be happy and healthy
and have a great thought life;
you have to make the choice to make this happen.
You have to choose to get rid of the toxic
and get back in alignment with God.
You can be overwhelmed by every small setback in life,
OR
you can be energized by the possibilities they bring.”
~ Caroline Leaf,
Cognitive Neuroscientist & Author

That’s What I’ve Been Doing!

“All I wanted was to be big, to be in show business and to travel
… and that’s what I’ve been doing all my life.”
~ Count Basie
a.k.a William James Basie
,
Jazz Pianist, Organist, Bandleader, & Composer

It’s Out There!

“I always told my mother I wanted a job where
I could have a lot of fun and have a lot of time off.
She asked me where I was going to find that,
and I said, ‘I don’t know, but it’s out there.'”
~ Sherman Hemsley,
Actor, Jazz Keyboardist & Television Hall of Fame (2012)

Enjoying Every Minute

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“I am one of the lucky people in the world;
I found something I always wanted to do,
and I have enjoyed every single minute of it.”
~ John William “Johnny” Carson,
Television Host, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962-1992)
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Actor, Musician,
Emmy Awards (6x), the Governor’s Award recipient, Peabody Award (1985),
Television Academy Hall of Fame (1987),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992) & Kennedy Center Honor (1993)

Keepers of The Joy

“In life, we will always encounter difficult people.
Don’t allow them to frustrate you or steal your joy.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

This Director is The Best

“How could you have had such a wonderful life as me
if there wasn’t a God directing?”
~ Maureen O’Hara a.k.a Maureen FitzSimons,
Actress, Singer, Oscar Award (2014, Honorary),
Ireland-American Fund Heritage Award (1991), National Cowboy &
Western Heritage Museum Western Performers Hall of Fame (1993)
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star & Golden Boot Award

Never Lost

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“I have never lost my faith in God.”
~ Maureen O’Hara a.k.a Maureen FitzSimons,
Actress, Singer, Oscar Award (2014, Honorary), Ireland-American Fund Heritage Award (1991),
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Western Performers Hall of Fame (1993)
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star & Golden Boot Award

Our Lifestyle Choices: Coding Our Results

“Epigenetic research reveals that our lifestyle choices —
the foods we eat, the supplements we take, the exercise we pursue,
and even the emotional content of our daily experiences —
are all involved in orchestrating chemical reactions
that activate or deactivate parts of our genome
that will either code for outcomes that
threaten health and pave the way for disease
or create an internal environment
conducive to longevity and disease resistance.”
~ Joseph M. Mercola ,
Osteopathic Physician,
Entrepreneur & Natural Health Expert

His Dreams & Destiny

“May all of God’s dreams for you come to pass.
May His destiny for you never be thwarted.”
~ Rory & Wendy Alec,
Founders, GOD TV

A Jackie/Jack of All Trades

“Variety is the spice of life. Honestly, I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades.
I enjoy the unpredictability that each day brings. There are days when I might enjoy one career more than the other,
but then it kind of balances itself out. I must admit though, TV is a lot of fun.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

The Primary Motivation

“When your primary motivation is money, you tend to forget about things that are more important to your day-to-day satisfaction,
such as challenging projects, collaborative colleagues and opportunities for professional growth.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

I Wouldn’t Trade It for Anything!

“Now I’m having the time of my life
being on the road with one of the world’s all-time great big bands,
and performing with symphonies.
I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
~ Doc Severinsen
a.k.a Carl Hilding Severinsen
,
Pop & Jazz Trumpeter

The Richest Relationships

“Without a doubt, my richest relationships are my long-term friendships
with musical partners, because we make music together.
That’s what we love to do with our lives.
My wife, Gayle, is a wonderful musician and singer.
We share music, so it’s a deep bond.
~ Chick Corea
a.k.a Armando Anthony Corea
,
Jazz and Fusion Pianist, Keyboardist & Composer

A Claim to Fame

“My claim to fame will not be that I inherited my father’s company and bled it.
My claim to fame will be that I inherited my father’s entrepreneurship abilities and I built many companies.
Not only did I build them, but I trained and continue to train others to do the same thing.
I work with partners to ensure that they experience the kind of success that I am having.
I don’t know how a human being can enjoy himself any more than I am.”
~ Bernard Bronner ,
President and Show & Sales Director, Bronner Brothers,
Publisher,Upscale Magazine
& Partner, Rainforest Films

Retire? Nah, Re-fire!

“I don’t really see a need to retire as long as I am having fun.”
~ Stan Lee,
Comic Book Writer, Editor, Publisher, Media Producer,
Television Host, Actor, & Former President & Chairman – Marvel Comics

Blue? Dance Silly-Ugly!

“If you’re feeling blue, lock yourself in a room,
stand in front of a mirror, and dance –
and laugh at yourself
and be sexy. Dance the silliest and ugliest you’ve ever danced.
Make fun of yourself and try to recover your sense of humor.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)

All in All

“Even if some days I feel like I’m ready to fall apart,
I am ultimately happier than I’ve ever been.
My family gives me more joy than I thought possible,
and my career fulfills me tremendously.
All in all, I feel like am in the exact place
I am supposed to be in,
doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.”
~ Ali Landry,
Actress, Model, and Miss USA (1996)

Fear Isn’t the Right Guide

“When we stay open to possibility (instead of letting fear guide our choices),
we experience more joy, meaning and purpose than we ever imagined—
both in life and business.”
~ Debra Gould,
Jewelry Designer, Website Designer, Author, Storyteller,
Comedienne, Real Estate Flipper & Stager Entrepreneur

Working What We Love to Do

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“We are at our very best, and we are happiest,
when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy, on
the journey toward the goal we’ve established
for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off
and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything
else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”
~ Earl Nightingale,
Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker

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