9 Inspiring Mantras to Live By

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Written by Jess Turner

Life has its difficult moments for each person. There are so many important things that you must keep in line, and important facts to remember, the list can go on and on. The feeling of overwhelming pressure or weight caused by the entirety of the world can weigh on a person.  a mantra of happiness can help one sustain a positive attitude.

Mantra #1- “Carpe Diem” or “Seize the Day”

It may be cliché at first glance, but there is no reason not to follow the credo of “Seize the Day.” The day is yours to be handled in whatever way you decide. Making the decision to “take life by its horns” and give it all you have got is likely the best way to live one’s life.

Carpe Diem does not mean one has to run through life with reckless abandon. It only means to take note of the possibilities that are forever around you, and take the ones that peak your interest. With that, philosophy repeated on a daily basis, you are much more likely to take that chance you may otherwise would not.

Mantra #2- “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

It is rare to find a person who has not fall victim to the pointless frustration an average day can bring. Whether it is a traffic jam or a loud neighbor, we can forget that we need not let exterior forces affect our mood. Thankfully, for all of us, Mr. Bobby McFerrin came up with a simple and delightful song that underlines the strategy to overcoming this problem.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is a mantra that can help one tackle every level of obstacle in life. The choice of being happy always trumps all other emotions.

Mantra #3- “Anticipate the Difficult by Managing the Easy”

This mantra may seem more like a directive rather than a road to happiness. However, Lao Tzu’s quote reminds us the path to weathering storms is preparing for them. By keeping this mantra in mind, one is capable of avoiding difficulty, and possible frustration or agony, later. Happiness is found in a life that does not involve constant stress. Managing the small things means having more opportunity to remain happy.

Mantra #4- “This Too Shall Pass”

For anyone who has battled hardship, “This too shall pass” is a mantra that will build happiness within turmoil. Though it may be difficult in a time of woe or anger, the mantra has little use outside of a specific necessity. When trouble hits and feels unbearable, remember, “This too shall pass.”

Mantra #5- “Sometimes You’ve Gotta Let Go”

Another specific mantra for a specific purpose, this mantra is obviously for when life is bugging you. Sometimes, when you have something stuck in your craw, you’ve just gotta let go. By learning to let go, it saves your energy for more important things, like being happy.

Mantra #6- “Life is Too Damn Short”

While this mantra may seem a bit pessimistic, for the worrywarts out there, there is likely no better mantra. If you are someone who gets caught up in the details and forgets to enjoy the life that is passing you by, then keep this mantra in mind. Life may seem long at times, but it is truly too short to waste on endless details.

Mantra #7- “Comparison is the Thief of Joy”

Again, this mantra may seem pessimistic to some. However, for those who are constantly wishing they had more/better things, perhaps this mantra may save them. Enjoy things for what they are, not for what they could be or for what others are. By enjoying what is in front of you, you find happiness in what is.

Mantra #8- “I Am That I Am”

A much more mantratic version of “I think, therefore I am”, the phrase “I am that I am” not only is a great mantra, but also sounds good. It is a saying that can be repeated continuously to elicit a sort of meditative state, or simply to sooth a troubled mind. The mantra points to a singularity of existence. We are, only as much as we do exist. Our identity often becomes tangled up in what we have done, what we wear, whom we converse with, and so forth. In reality, our existence defines us, and everything else is superfluous footnotes in a book that is not being written.

Mantra #9- “I Am What I Am”

While you may think this is a rehashing of an earlier quote, “I am what I am” has a very distinctive meaning. Certainly, you cannot be something that you are not. By accepting you are you, you must immediately accept yourself. In acceptance, you will find happiness.

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Jess Turner

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  • These are great and VERY helpful. I think if we all remembered to say one of these (or an affirmation) more often we could redirect our thinking in a much more positive way. Another one that has always worked for me is,
    “All things work together for good.” Thanks for sharing!

  • I used to have ‘this too shall pass’ on a necklace. Whenever I experienced low times I would remind myself of it. A couple of years ago when my friends daughter was going through a serious bout of depression I made her a necklace with it on too, which she said gave her a lot of comfort. In the worst of times it’s still the one phrase I always return to.

  • Hey Jess – I really like Carpe Diem – sometimes I get so wound up in what’s wrong that I forget what’s right. I think I will paint this on a canvas and hang it right next to my front door to see every day.

    Interesting insights – much appreciated – thank you!

    Melissa @ Find Your Paradigm

  • Ilove learning from the articles,,,,i have come a long way with these articles…..i LEARNED TO BE MYSELF…….I am who i Am…..thanks,,,,HAPPY HOLIDAYS,,,,TRACY

  • These mantras would truly make anyone a happier person. I like the phrase “choose your battles”. I see so many people get worked up over such insignificant stuff, let the small stuff go.

  • “Managing the small things means having more opportunity to remain happy.” This reminds me of chaos theory, where a small choice here or their leads to major differences in outcome.

    I also really like ““Sometimes You’ve Gotta Let Go””, can’t live our own authentic life as long as we’re hanging onto baggage.

  • What a great list of mantras (and explanations too!), Jess!

    My contributions would be two of my favorites: “It’s just pain; it goes away” and “Live and learn.”

    The first reminds me that the scary and painful things of life usually don’t do any permanent damage. If helps me see the larger perspective and not get caught up in the pain of the moment to the point of immobilization.

    The second reminds me that life is all about falling down, figuring out why, learning from the fall, getting back up and preparing to fall again.

    Thanks for the wisdom here, Jess. Appreciated!

  • Hey Jess,

    Nice list of helpful tools for many during times of overwhelm! Plus, great writing!

    We are given moments in our lives, and in those moments we have the power to deal with life and change our lives. I often ask others, “how do you want to use this moment?” “Do you want to use this moment to reflect upon the negative past or the anxious future?” Pretty much all we have is this moment and in this moment we have the power to choose our response to the moment and how we want to live in this moment. I believe that your list can become quite handy in taking back our power in the moment!

    Great post!!

  • Great words of wisdom Jess. We all go through difficult times and we make them feel much easier by keeping our mental state “at ease.” I know, it is easier said then done, but with consistent focus and effort we can make this a new habit.

  • Nice list. I like “This too shall pass”.

    Another mantra that I like is “It is, and I am a part of it.” It reminds me of the vastness and wonder of the Universe and that I am connected to all of this splendor.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

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