Marcus Aurelius had one of the greatest minds in history. I am particularly impressed with his thoughts on the power of your mindset and its correlation to your happiness. Here are a few of my favorite Marcus Aurelius quotes on the subject:
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.”
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
It is abundantly clear that our happiness has nothing to do with our circumstance, but rather the quality of our thoughts. If you want to live a happier and more joyful life, start by cleaning up your thoughts and counting your blessings. Considering that there are over 200 million people on earth today that have never had a hot shower, coming up with a list of blessings should be an easy and joyful exercise.