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CHEERFULNESS
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[ Also see Amiability Complacency Contentment Gaiety Good Humor Happiness Joy Melancholy Merriment Moroseness Optimism Pessimism Pleasing Pleasure Smiles Vivacity ]

What can the Creator see with greater pleasure than a happy creature?
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

It is good
  To lengthen to the last a sunny mood.
      - James Russell Lowell, Legend of Brittany
         (pt. I, st. 35)

Everyone must have felt that a cheerful friend is like a sunny day, which sheds its brightness on all around; and most of us can, as we choose, make of this world either a palace or a prison.
      - Sir John Lubbock, Lord Avebury

Cheerful looks make every dish a feast, and it is that which crowns a welcome.
      - Philip Massinger

There is no Christian duty that is not to be seasoned and set off with cheerishness, which in a thousand outward and intermitting crosses may yet be done well, as in this vale of tears.
      - John Milton

Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.
      - Arthur Murphy

Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours.
      - Sir William Osler

That load becomes light which is cheerfully borne.
  [Lat., Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (I, 2, 10)

As in our lives so also in our studies, it is most becoming and most wise, so to temper gravity with cheerfulness, that the former may not imbue our minds with melancholy, nor the latter degenerate into licentiousness.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

A cheerful temper spreads like the dawn, and all vapors disperse before it. Even the tear dries on the cheek, and the sigh sinks away half-breathed when the eye of benignity beams upon he unhappy.
      - Jane Porter

I have found the saying of the ancients true, that better is a bright comrade on a weary road than a horselitter.
      - Charles Reade

Mirth, and even cheerfulness, when employed as remedies in low spirits, are like hot water to a frozen limb.
      - Benjamin Rush

Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health, as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life.
      - John Ruskin

One of the most effectual ways of pleasing and of making one's self loved is to be cheerful; joy softens more hearts than tears.
      - Mme. (de Wimpffen) de Sartory

True joy is a serene and sober motion; and they are miserably out so that take laughing for rejoicing; the seat of it is within, and there is no cheerfulness like the resolutions of a brave mind.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

I cannot tell how much' I esteem and admire your good and happy temperament. What folly not to take advantage of circumstances, and enjoy gratefully the consolations which God sends us after the afflictive dispensations which He sometimes sees proper to make us feel! It seems to me to be a proof of great wisdom to submit with resignation to the storm, and enjoy the calm when it pleases Him to give it us again.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

A light heart lives long.
      - William Shakespeare

A merry heart goes all the day,
  A sad tires in a mile.
      - William Shakespeare

Had she been light, like you,
  Of such a merry, nimble, stirring spirit,
    She might ha' been a grandam ere she died;
      And so may you, for a light heart lives long.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Katharine at V, ii)

Pluck up thy spirits, look cheerfully upon me.
  Here, love, thou seest how diligent I am
    To dress thy meat myself and bring it thee.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at IV, iii)

He makes a July's day short as December,
  And with his varying childness cures in me
    Thoughts that would thick my blood.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Polixenes at I, ii)

The lightsome countenance of a friend giveth such an inward decking to the house where it lodgeth, as proudest palaces have cause to envy the gilding.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Youth will never live to age unless they keep themselves in breath with exercise, and in heart with joyfulness.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Cheerfulness is also an excellent wearing quality. It has been called the bright weather of the heart.
      - Samuel Smiles

I have told you of the Spaniard who always put on his spectacles when about to eat cherries, that they might look bigger and more tempting. In like manner I make the most of my enjoyments; and though I do not cast my eyes away from my troubles, I pack them in as little compass as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.
      - Robert Southey


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