2017-03-27
Though it might seem that a Tibetan spiritual leader and a billionaire talk show host have nothing in common, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Oprah Winfrey both speak eloquently about happiness, gratitude, and love--touching millions every day. Take the quiz to see if you can tell which inspiring quote belongs to which beloved figure. No matter how many you guess right, you'll walk away uplifted by their wisdom.
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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

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I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace--a connection to what matters.

3

Spend some time alone every day.

4

Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way.

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With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.

6

Sleep is the best meditation.

7

There is a saying in Tibetan, "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength."

8

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

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Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life.

10

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

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I always knew I was destined for greatness.

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If you don't love yourself, you will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.

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It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are--not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within--that you can begin to take control.

14

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

15

I love friends, I want more friends. I love smiles. That is a fact. How to develop smiles? There are a variety of smiles. Some smiles are sarcastic. Some smiles are artificial-diplomatic smiles. These smiles do not produce satisfaction, but rather fear or suspicion. But a genuine smile gives us hope, freshness. If we want a genuine smile, then first we must produce the basis for a smile to come.

16

If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.

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Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

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Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.

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In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.

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The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

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What I believe, according to my own experience, is that a calm, peaceful mind is a very important element for sustaining the body in a balanced way.

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