“When you change, your whole world changes.”
Here is a secret, well worth knowing: Happiness is not a gift you receive from others, but a divine birthright you choose for yourself now. Happiness is a choice, a state of mind you can cultivate day by day. Try the simple program of positive thinking and expansive living described in this book, and watch your life change for the better.

Life can be a humdrum monotony of similar experiences repeated again and again—daily, monthly, yearl —without any substantial change of circumstances, or increase of fulfillment. But many people are discovering that when their thoughts become more positive and expansive, their lives also improve: when we change from the inside, our whole world changes.  True happiness springs from within. And there are ways and techniques to make that happiness grow.  Therefore, this book. In it, Swami Kriyananda presents thoughts and actions for you to experiment with. All of these suggestions are based on universal principle —principles that lead to inner happiness. 

Kriyananda writes: “I suggest you take one thought at a time from the following pages. Keep it before you throughout the day, as a reminder. Repeat it out loud, or mentally, letting it sink into your subconscious. And look for situations in your life to which you can apply it creatively.”  Practicing these principles in daily life can bring you ever closer to finding happiness—the ever-new joy that dwells within you.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), who left his body in 2013, was a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, and an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world; over 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine wrote, "[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times."

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 25 languages.

More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the
official Swami Kriyananda website.

 

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These sayings contain my sincere attempt to inspire people — to inspire you, friend — to find happiness, and to make your life that which, in the depths of your heart, you know it can be.
SWAMI KRIYANANDA

Life can be a humdrum monotony of similar experiences. Days, months, even years go by, without any substantial change of circumstances or increase of fulfillment. But here is a secret many people are discovering: When your thoughts become more positive and expansive, your life improves. When you change from the inside, your whole world changes. True happiness springs from within. And there are ways, deliberate choices that make that happiness grow. Therefore, this book of thoughts and actions for your to experiment with. All of these suggestions, offered here by Swami Kriyananda, are based on universal principles that lead to inner happiness.

“I suggest you take one thought at a time from the following pages,” Kriyananda writes. “Keep it before you throughout the day, as a reminder. Repeat it out loud, or mentally, letting it sink into your subconscious. And look for situations in your life to which you can apply it creatively.” May your practice of these principles in daily life be your secret key to finding happiness.

Joy to you,
Ananda Community

January 1 Living Joyfully
There will never be another today.
Make the most of it.

January 2 Inner Freedom
Live in your present commitments,
not in any regret for the past.

January 3 Emotional Healing
Practice the presence of God.
Share with Him every thought,
every feeling, every act.

January 4 Magnetic Communication
Smile with your eyes,
not only with your lips.

January 5 Emotional Healing
Relinquish personal desire by relating your emotions to a broader arc of feeling: love for a friend, or the joy of feeling free from external circumstances, or respect for the right of others to make their own decisions and their own mistakes.

January 6 Creating Harmony
Accept others as they are,
and you will encounter friends
everywhere you go.

January 7 Spiritual Friendship
Include other people’s happiness in your own.

“[Finding Happiness] is a beautiful reminder of those qualities that open the heart and help us find love and joy that are our birthright.”
Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Fire in the Storm and Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
 
“Swami Kriyananda’s [Finding Happiness] will help everyone understand the basic truths of human life and happiness. His collection of thoughts and sayings is uplifting and inspiring.”
Terrie Williams, author of A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues
 
“An easy-to-digest reminder of simple, character-building truths we already know but frequently forget.”
Belleruth Naparstek, author of Staying Well with Guided Imagery