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Discovering Your Optimum "Happiness Index" (OHI) Quotes: A Chronology of "Optimum Happiness" (OH) Quotes to Engage, Enlighten, and Empower Your "Pursuit of Happiness"

by Errol A. Gibbs, Marjorie G. Gibbs


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“Discovering Your Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI) Quotes Handbook” is an inspirational and chronological listing of 365 quotes taken from our foremost body of work “Discovering Your Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI).” These 365 quotes will take you on a journey of discovery of “Optimum Happiness” (OH) (“Joy”), which is a ‘higher value’ proposition for human survival as a viable species than “happiness.” They will engage, enlighten and empower your “search for happiness.” Our goal is to enable the reader to discover the significant benefits to happiness, but not merely as ‘lifestyle happiness,’ but “Optimum Happiness” (OH), which is sustainable.

Marjorie and I began our inquiry in earnest in the year 2000, as a response to the question “What is happiness?” In the year 2015, the analysis gave birth to “Discovering Your Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI) Project.” Aggregate global travel on four continents—Africa, Europe, North America, and Oceania—in approximately twelve countries, twenty-four states, and about one hundred cities, towns, and villages over several decades enabled our “search for happiness.” Global travel afforded us a “panoramic view” and put us on the “front lines” to observe how people (wealthy and poor, religious and non-religious) in various parts of the world experience happiness and unhappiness.

“This handbook is a timely and relevant encapsulation of the multi-faceted dynamics encountered in one’s ’search for happiness.’ Not only have the authors opened up a panorama of ways to view happiness, but their self-directed guide [in their main book] also challenges the reader to examine their personal past, present, and possible future states of happiness. Their extensive body of work speaks to individuals from all lifestyles and professions.”

— Karla A. Hutchinson-Skeete, MSEd (Educator)

(Current Doctoral Candidate)


“HAPPINESS INDEX” Quotes Handbook (OHI)


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ISBN-13: 9781524605506
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 04/22/2016
Pages: 98
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Errol and Marjorie Gibbs are avid readers, self-inspired researchers, and writers. They are Canadians citizens who reside in Milton, Ontario. Religious, scientific, educational, philosophical, and humanitarian pursuits highlight their work. Multigenerational family life, nurturing children, community, business, and corporate experience underpin their quest to inspire happiness in others through their seminal work "Discovering Your Optimum "Happiness Index" (OHI)."

Marjorie and Errol have had the privilege of combined global travel on four continents such as Africa, Europe, North America, and Oceania in approximately twelve countries, twenty-four states, and about one hundred cities, towns, and villages over several decades. Global travel afforded the writers a "panoramic view" of the human landscape to observe how people in various parts of the world experience happiness and unhappiness, co-existing in a cultural mix of plenty (wealth) and scarcity (poverty). Their observation was the same in every culture -the need for love, peace, hope, happiness, and "Joy" resonated in people's lives.

Marjorie and Errol live "Optimum Happy" lives. "Optimum Happiness" (OH) does not imply that they have great wealth, live in a mansion, drive exotic automobiles, or socialize with prominent figures in society. Their perspective on happiness is to reverence a higher moral authority; to extend love and loyalty to family, friends, and associates; and to exercise integrity in business as fundamental imperatives of happiness, success, and successful living.

The writers do not make any claim of training in psychology, sociology, or any of the other social science disciplines. Nevertheless, they recognize that a "materially driven life" may boost ones' lifestyle, but they contend that materialism is not fundamentally intrinsic to happiness. Discovering Your Optimum "Happiness Index" (OHI) is their way to engage peoples, communities, and nations, to inform of the intrinsic benefits of "Optimum Happiness" (OH) to human survival as a viable species.

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Discovering Your Optimum "Happiness Index" (OHI)

Quotes Handbook 365Q

By Errol A. Gibbs, Marjorie G. Gibbs, Marcia S. Gibbs


Copyright © 2016 Errol A. and Marjorie G. Gibbs
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ISBN: 978-1-5246-0550-6



"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew."

Saint Francis de Safes (1567-1622)

1. Yesteryear, happiness, and unhappiness were not human psychological conditions that clinicians researched and measured. Happiness was merely the life we lived.

2. Common words such as anxiety, mental illness, and depression were unheard of when we were teenagers, although we imagine that those conditions existed, to a lesser degree than today.

3. The postmodern family seems to be in a state of significant adjustment, which may have begun during the Industrial Revolution (1800s-1900s). The Industrial Revolution ushered in new ways of life and financial and material prosperity for the masses. It also ushered in the commuter age and great mobility of individuals, which resulted in the separation of parents from children.

4. The postmodern family is more highly educated than yesteryear, with graduate and post-graduate degrees, with higher earnings. They are more sophisticated in the sciences and medicines, financial management, and with fewer children, yet they are in need of a supporting cast, including psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, drug addiction counselors, family counselors, and local community workers to foster its survival.

5. The world comes to the aid of the postmodern family in every continent, country, city and village. Billions of dollars in charitable donations and social safety nets enable the family to cope with a myriad of challenges such as financial hardship, poverty, hunger, and homelessness.

6. National lotteries have mushroomed across the human landscape as a well-lit path, which promises that "winning" will lead to a happier and more affluent lifestyle. It often does for a few, but "addictive investing" in the lottery may create even greater poverty for some.

7. Our multigenerational family experiences have also taught us many lessons on our "happiness journey" that we are happy to share with you. Reflecting on our repository of data, we began to examine words, and their classical definition; the meaning they transcend, and their application to human lives - daily.

8. The following ten words began to form a pattern, almost a "solution matrix" to the plight of humanity, regarding their happiness and unhappiness. Some words weaved "strands of interconnectedness" with all humankind, as they relate to our spiritual, moral, social, intellectual, and physical happiness and well-being.


1. Career (Achievement)

2. Character (Attribute)

3. Education (Achievement)

4. Forgiveness (Attribute)

5. Health (Achievement)

6. Humility (Attitude)

7. Personality (Attribute)

8. Religion (Custom)

9. Self-esteem (Achievement)

10. Socialization (Custom)

9. Happiness is a composite of the best of human achievements, attributes, and customs. We do not argue that these are the only keywords that embody our "search for happiness" or our unhappiness plight, but they underpin the "Happiness Index" Process Methodology (HIPM) in our primary text.

10. These ten words are familiar household words that have always been in our vocabulary. We have used these words throughout our youth and adult life in casual conversations, and we have discussed their meaning with others, not recognizing they are the keys to opening the doors to infuse happiness into our lives.

11. Regardless of the complex nature of any one of the ten entities noted earlier, it will be a challenge to any form of inquiry to attempt to weigh one entity against another or to try to measure the influence on the happiness of one entity over the other.

12. What is happiness? Why is there so much unhappiness in the world? Humankind was not destined to be unhappy, so why is it only a few can find lasting happiness? Why do so many miss opportunities to be happy, knowingly or unknowingly?

13. These poignant questions began our "quest for happiness." In our quest to find happiness, we have witnessed the potency of "joy," which we will also share with you as a higher pursuit and a state that transcend happiness and greater purpose. We share with you briefly, the PURPOSE, the WITNESS, and the FINDINGS that directed our path.

14. We have dialogued with individuals from all "walks of life," and from a myriad of disciplines. We have challenged long-held concepts of happiness, and have introduced many "new" concepts to test and validate our position on the age-old question "What is Happiness?"

15. The higher purpose of Discovering Your Optimum "Happiness Index" (OHI) is fivefold. First: To bring "new" and valued perspectives on happiness to the world in "search of happiness." In 2000, we began our inquiry with the age-old question "What is Happiness?"

16. Second: To present readers with an extensive narrative to validate the ten human achievements, attributes, and customs that underpin our "Happiness Index" Process Methodology (HIPM).

17. Third: To introduce a non-scientific assessment tool "A Self-directed Guide to Your "Happiness Index" (HI)." The tool is a predicate of the ten achievements, attributes, and customs highlighted above, and described later in the handbook.

18. Fourth: To facilitate Self-improvement Planning (SIP) to help the Aspirant improve his or her HI. Improvement in one's HI is analogous to the aggregate improvement of our overall well-being of self, to marriage, family, community, corporation, nation, and the world.

19. Fifth: To establish a basis to pilot additional "Happiness Index" (HI) models to help a broad range of communities such as religious, academic, corporate, political, justice and military. To better, understand the complex and comprehensive nature of impediments to happiness, as a "human value proposition" to the respective discipline.


20. Our travels to different parts of the world over the past 35 years enabled us to observe upfront, the "search for happiness" by individuals from parts of the underdeveloped, developing and the developed world.

21. We have witnessed the challenges to many who have tried to differentiate "What is happiness?" What event in their lives would make them happy, is it the birth of a baby, birthday, baptism, graduation, engagement, marriage, winning the lottery, or a new home or automobile?

22. Unhappiness is a great part of the legacy of the human family, but for the grace of God, He has given us "joy" as the "Sentinel" to watch over our emotions that happiness and unhappiness transcend.

23. This quest was not only about travel to far away destinations, but to meet, and experience how people cope with daily life, within multigenerational families, in corporate settings, and within the "spiritual family" of religious adherents. Likewise, to get a sense of how the governance of the nation(s) influences the happiness of citizens.


24. We have discovered that happiness does not come naturally, or that we can be happy by merely envisioning ourselves happy. Happiness had a deeper meaning that demands action such as to love, to care, to give, and to receive.

25. We discovered that the essential measure of human progress is love (agape). It alone has the greatest proclivity to imbue happiness, as a permanent state of "joy."

26. We have discovered that everyone has a "Happiness Index" (HI), whether he or she is astutely aware. Likewise, there is an index for every known entity, quantity and human condition such as height, weight, body mass, learning, and intelligence.

27. Whether scientific or non-scientific we discovered that there is not a singular (universal) definition of happiness; however, we contend that each one of us can recognize various states of unhappiness and happiness in self and each other that we refer to as their "Happiness Index" (Hl)depicted in the chart below.

28. To achieve "Optimum Happiness" (OH), we must embrace both the Spiritual and Physical realms of our lives because they are mutually inclusive. We discovered that for some, happiness is a measure of his or her possessions, lifestyle, and the lifestyles of his or her friends and associates.

29. Society expends vast sums of money to facilitate solutions to fundamental human problems, caused by war, fear and anxiety, emotional stress, and the general conflict between peoples and nations, which causes great unhappiness. The vast majority of human problems have fundamental solutions.

"To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."

Confucius (551 BC- 479 BC)



"We tend to forget that happiness does not come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."

Frederick. Keonig (1774-1833)

30. "What is Happiness?" To define happiness, and live happy lives, we also need to understand "What is Unhappiness?" We will compare and contrast these two contradictory imperatives throughout this handbook.

31. Happiness is a state of contentment with one's personal life, generally expressed as spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical well-being.

32. Happiness is much more valuable to human existence than we may have contemplated thus far. When we are happy, every part of our being is in harmony.

33. Happiness is not merely a temporary human condition underpinned by feelings and emotions, receipt of gifts or life's events such as university graduation, birthdays, weddings or anniversaries.

34. Happiness is not "mutually exclusive" or just personal. Happiness is much broader and all-encompassing than we might envisage. Happiness is (I) personal, (2) inter-personal, (3) transactional, and (4) transformational. These four dimensions underpin the full spectrum of feelings and emotions that we refer to as happiness.

35. PERSONAL HAPPINESS is an outward expression of feelings and emotions that transpire from happy memories that imbue personal happiness. As we interact with others, happiness becomes interpersonal, transactional and transformational as well. These four perspectives of happiness provide "new" insights into what makes us happy.

36. INTERPERSONAL HAPPINESS is a feeling and emotion, derived from interpersonal relationships with a husband and wife, with children, with good friends, with associates, and their devotion to the happiness of others.

37. TRANSACTIONAL HAPPINESS is a feeling and emotion derived from external stimuli such as the exchange of gifts, receipt of an award, the sale or purchase of a new automobile or home.

38. TRANSFORMATIONAL HAPPINESS is a feeling and emotion derived, from being at an opera, or witness to a daughter or son take their marriage vows or watch a father or mother take their first steps after his or her recovery from a debilitating illness.

39. The words of Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), put happiness in its broadest perspective. "Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love. It is unselfish; therefore, it cannot exist alone, but requires all humankind to share it."

40. Happiness is to recognize, acknowledge and celebrate our shared human heritage (the oneness of humanity). Any divergence from this fundamental premise can lead to unhappiness, evidenced by the political, religious, racial, color and cultural divide between peoples and nations.

41. Sadly, we cannot theoretically store the happiness of one day, and then recover it another day when we are in a state of gloom. Happiness means that today is more hopeful than yesterday, and tomorrow is more hopeful than today. Happy experiences are stored in the labyrinth of our mind, no different from the memory of a great poem we read as a child or a song or scenery that comes to mind — vividly.

42. It is a cliché though, to say, "no one can make us happy", or that "we alone can make ourselves happy." Happiness is not merely about the personal desire to be happy, but also about how we contribute to the happy or unhappy state of others and vice versa.

43. The loss of investment, or employment, or material possessions may cause a person to be unhappy though the unhappiness might be temporary. Some may have the financial means to overcome these circumstances. Others may seek solace from God for their loss and the resultant suffering, thus maintaining a tranquil state.

44. Tranquility and happiness are co-equals because tranquility can lead to happiness, and happiness can result in tranquility. Tranquility also leads to contemplation on another age-old question, "what makes us happy?"

45. Whether we are aware of it or not, we depend on each other for our source of "happiness nurturing." When we love, care and share with each other, it makes us happy. Our Creator made us fellow beings hence we thrive on human interactions, which is the lifeline to humankind for a happy existence.

"When I was in grade school, they told me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; I told them they didn't understand life."

Author Unknown


46. What makes Marjorie and me happy? The answer is fundamental to our survival because happiness is a "human survival proposition." Happiness brings contentment, but unhappiness brings discontentment. What makes us happy is our adherence to the following twenty attributes, behaviors, conditions, and activities delineated below.


1. Being co-equals

2. Being co-owners

3. Being co-partners

4. Common vision

5. Cooking together

6. Healthy eating

7. Intelligent conversation

8. Trusting God

9. Laughing out Loud (lol)

10. Loyalty in marriage

11. Nurturing friendship

12. Optimistic future

13. Peaceful home

14. Peaceful living

15. Reading together

16. Reliable friends

17. Sharing dreams

18. Sharing research

19. Traveling companion

20. Working on projects

The above twenty entities (listed alphabetically) engender lives of contentment and help to elevate our "Happiness Index" (HI) Level from merely "happy" to "Optimum Happiness" (OH).

47. It does not matter how strong and independent we are; we need spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical connections to make us happy, not merely for ourselves, but for others as well.

48. Happiness in the world hinges on human relationships, but where do we begin the process of transformation into a world of happiness? We begin with the bond of marriage, loyalty to family, friends and employer, patriotic to our nation, compelled by a mutual need to be happy.

49. Bolstered by understanding, love is the most powerful human resource that can transform human lives from, (1) very unhappy, (2) to unhappy, (3) to happy, (4) to very happy, and (5) to "Optimum Happiness" (OH).

50. We can be happy, as an imperative of national happiness when we accept human needs for material resources, food and shelter, education and healthcare, and international peace and security that benefits peoples and nations.


"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well."

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890)

51. Love underpins all of the happiness that we seek. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. God's selfless love agape, taken from Greek writers provides the spiritual bond that holds humanity together.

52. Love (agape) can uproot all forms of conflict between spouses, siblings, relatives, neighbors, employees, communities, and nations. Love is vital to the survival of humanity.

53. Love is not merely an emotion. Love transcends all other human attributes. This pre-eminent human characteristic inspires hope and happiness in people.

54. A materially driven lifestyle seems to reduce our expressions of love for humanity to love for objects. The love that we exhibit for objects can lead to many forms of aggression and violence when the object of our veneration is threatened or taken away.


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Table of Contents


Authors' Note, xvii,
Acknowledgements, xviii,
Introduction, xix,
Epilogue, 69,
Author's Biography, 71,
Summary, 73,
102 Optimum "Happiness Index" (OHI) Quotes — Readers' Bonus, 75,

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