20 Motivational Quotes for Meaningful Life

Quotes are very powerful. They are only a bunch of words however while you contemplate over them they reveal powerful ideas. It tends to be simplistic and easy to remember. Quotes have the power to motivate, inspire and encourage. It has an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life. Reading quotes daily will actually boost your mood and lift your spirits.

Here, I have compiled a list of the best motivational quotes with their meaning. So, you can start your day by taking control of your thoughts, thinking positively and setting new goals. I hope these quotes will give you a boost when you need it the most.

1) Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

To be a rainbow in someone’s cloud means to cultivate kindness as a daily practice in your life. This is a beautiful quote which inspires me to make a small difference in someone’s life today. It is about bringing a smile to the face of someone who is going through a tough time of their life. It’s all about kindness, purity of the heart, unselfishness, humility and the joy of giving.

2) Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Schuller

Problems, challenges, hardships, failures and mistakes are an integral part of our lives which help us to grow. The truth is that problems are not implied to stop us in our tracks, rather they can be seen as guidelines for us to assess our current approach. They help us rectify ourselves and guide us in the right direction. So, look at the brighter side of facing problems in life.

3) No pressure, no diamonds. – Thomas Carlyle

In this managerial quote, Thomas Carlyle says that people are facing pressure associated with family, job, finance, health, professional expectation etc. But pressure can energize and inspire us to perform and achieve at the best level and make us more productive like diamonds. Diamonds are produced when materials that contain carbon are exposed to very high pressure and produce something extremely valuable. So, take advantage of high pressure to improve ourselves.

4) One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing. – Byron Nelson

Deep Breathing is a relaxing technique that many people practice every day which will help them to reduce their stress, promote positivity, relax their mind and body. For anybody that’s feeling stress, try out deep breathing exercises to reduce tension.

5) Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T.S Eliot

This quote reminds us that nothing is meant to last forever. No matter what happened to you yesterday, you can start over what you have because every day is a new beginning and every moment is a new journey. A new beginning comes with a lot of new chances and opportunities. So, make the next morning a fresh beginning and do the same tomorrow.

6) A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world. – Atticus

In this quote, Atticus says that the world can seem like such a cruel and unloving place at times, this is a good reminder to keep our shield happy which is our soul. It is important that we make ourselves happy, strong and confident enough to face any problems because you cannot deny that bad things happen. We should know how to keep our soul happy. It’s about looking inside and having conversations with you.

7) Turn your wounds into wisdom. – Oprah Winfrey

This quote explains that we are not meant to stay wounded. We are supposed to move through our tragedies and challenges. If you could turn your wounds into wisdom, your mistakes into lessons, then you become fearless in any situation. This gives you strength and confidence to face any difficulty that comes your way. It makes you stronger day by day.

8) Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. – Charles R. Swindoll

In this quote, Charles says that attitude is everything; it is what shapes our beliefs and our desires. The way we react to our circumstances becomes the most intriguing part in shaping our lives. We are always in control of our emotions despite any given situation. For a peaceful life, accept your realities as they are with a positive attitude and don’t wish things were different.

9) If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill

In this motivational quote, Napoleon Hill says that never be shamed, discouraged or depressed if you don’t accomplish your biggest goal at the first step. Start by doing small steps that can lead you towards your major goal. You must give efforts to achieve those small things in your life and try to do them with great respect and dignity.

10) One cannot step twice in the same river. – Heraclitus

In this quote, Heraclitus reminds us that continuous change is the essential feature of the universe and the two situations are not exactly same. Just as water flows in a river, you cannot step into the same river twice because the water you stepped into the first time has disappeared downstream by the second time you step in. All the things in human life are changing and no longer the same when you hit it the second time. It means that the same actions may not give the same results when repeated.

11) The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

In this quote, Socrates says that we have to examine our life means we have to set a goal. If we don’t think about our goals and purpose of existence, we will lose the direction of our life. Such kind of life cannot provide any value to you which is not worth living. So examine yourself and exit the rat race you are stuck in. Your life will become wonderful with no regrets.

12) Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Confucius

In this beautiful quote, Confucius tells the internal beauty of a person which cannot be seen by everyone, only few of them will be able to see. It depends on your heart and mind. Everyone and everything is beautiful in their own way but only a few appreciate their beauty. To see something beautiful, first you need to have a beautiful sight.

13) Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin

When you are fearless, the possibilities of achievement in life appear to be infinite and your life automatically expands. On the other side, if you become scared of failure or rejection, you limit the number of possibilities and your life shrinks drastically. So, be courageous.

14) A jug fills drop by drop. – Buddha

This motivating Buddha quote helps you remember to pause and celebrate your progress by having patience, no matter how much time it will take. You can achieve your goal by your continuous effort just like filling a jug.

15) For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this inspiring quote, Ralph tells us about being happy all the time and keeps anger aside. Anger can lead to discomfort, sorrow and self-harm to our lives. Every moment we passed by will never come back. So, stay calm and enjoy your life with full of positivity and happiness instead of holding on resentment or anger.

16) Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go. – Nikita Gill

In this quote, Nikita Gill reminds us if something bad happens to your life, let it hurt for a while, then take a break from your pain and start the healing process. It means release it from your mind, stop thinking, worrying about it and move on in life.

17) Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds. – Buddha

This meaningful quote, Buddha teaches us that giving value to do one act of kindness each day. As our kind actions affect the lives of others, we feel more compassionate, confident, and useful in our life. It will also help us to enhance our overall sense of purpose and identity.

18) The tongue like a sharp knife; it kills without drawing blood. – Buddha

In this beautiful quote, Buddha says if you hurt someone by your words purposefully, it could be stuck on their mind forever. Perhaps they can forgive you for what you said but they can’t forget it. That is why it is so important to be mindful of the words we say to people.

19) Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it. – Albert Einstein

This quote explains if you want to learn piano, you have to do long practice and great efforts with patience. No one can perfectly play from the start as it takes time to produce pleasant music. The journey of life is the same like piano. If you keep working on your goal, you will eventually get better results.

20) Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. ― Socrates

In this quote, Socrates says that contentment leads to a state of well being and happiness. Artificial poverty leads to luxurious life. It means people own everything in the world still they are not able to purchase happiness. He believes that people can find peace and contentment in living simply.

Hope these quotes will help to motivate you in your life. Please feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Nirali.

How to Stay Positive During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, people are dealing with an outbreak of pandemic COVID 19. The novel Coronavirus has infected 12.4M people across the world and the death toll rate has crossed 559K as of 10th July 2020. It is spreading rapidly day by day. Nations are under quarantine. We hear about the same disappointing news every day on TV, newspaper, social media or talking with friends/family.

In this global pandemic, we are facing difficulties to maintain our mental state of mind because of staying at home, social distancing, isolation, fear of unemployment , economic instability, break in daily routine, fear of getting infected, anxiety, depression and uncertainty. It has badly affected our industries like Hotel, Travel and Tourism, airlines, education and many more. It will be challenging for everyone to stay positive and optimistic in this stressful environment.

Staying positive in today’s pandemic environment must be a priority to all of us. One should try to learn a positive mindset approach towards life and focus on all that is good in their life. This positive mindset will help you to utilize your energy in the right direction. It will help you to accomplish your dreams and goals and bring you happiness and satisfaction even during tough times. It is often said that good things happen to those with good positive mindset.

Here, there are some essential tips to stay positive, focused, optimistic and productive.

  1. Create Fixed Routine
  2. Exercise
  3. Meditation
  4. Take a Break from News
  5. Learning New Skills
  6. Stay Connected
  7. Eat Healthy and Sleep Well
  8. Laugh More
  9. “Me” Time
  10. Playing Games with Your Family/Partner
  11. Do House Hold Chores Together
  12. Cook Special Meals for Your Family
  13. Helping Others

Create Fixed Routine:-

Fixed Routine has become more important for all of us when we are self quarantined and working from home for almost 4 months. It will bring a sense of purpose in our life. You should try to make a fixed schedule about your food, exercises, studies/work, daily activities and sleep. If you are doing work from home, create a dedicated work space to stay focused and limit yourself from distraction. You should try to stick with fixed routine so you don’t feel bored and down. It can help you to be more productive in your task.

Exercise:-

It should be the main priority of your daily routine. It will help you to increase your overall health and well being. It can have a positive effect on your mood by releasing tension, anxiety, fear and depression which are caused by coronavirus pandemic. It can also strengthen your immunity which reduces your risk of illness and infection. During exercises, your body releases chemicals like endorphins which is helpful to improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. It can act as a stress reliever. You can start with any kind of home based exercises like stretching the body, yoga, weight lifting, jumping jack, skipping, aerobics and walking. So, try to include an exercise routine into your day.

Meditation:-

As per Wikipedia, Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear state. One should start their day with a mindful meditation for at least 15 minutes. It brings our brain into an alpha state which will help you quiet your mind; achieve deep relaxation, increase happiness and positivity. It cleanses and nourishes you from within. So, the mind becomes completely fresh. I generally prefer it in the early morning instead of doing it at any time. It will help you to stay positive throughout the day.

Take a Break from News:-

You could watch a 24 hours news channel or read countless articles regarding coronavirus and overload your mind full of negativity, anxiety and fear. Too much news consumption can also affect your positivity and sleep. Instead, one should try to avoid looking up for the news every time. You should choose a specific time of the day from reliable resources to keep yourself updated from the current news and try to skip watching the news when you wake up or before going to bed to stay away from negativity.

Learning New Skills:-

If you have thought about acquiring new skills, this is the perfect time for us. We should use this time as an opportunity to learn a new skill such as new technologies from online resources to expand our knowledge, any musical instruments, art-craft activities, painting, cooking /baking, reading or whatever makes you happy. Do something creative and be engaged to utilize your energy in the right direction.

Stay Connected:-

Staying connected with friends & family is one of the most important ways to keep your mind positive and manage your mental health during self isolation. There are plenty of ways available to keep in touch with your loved one via telephone, email, social media or video conferencing. Talk with your friends/ families that make you feel better and charge yourself with positive energy.

Eat Healthy and Sleep Well:-

You should take care of yourself by eating healthy food that boosts your immune system. You should increase your intake of fruits and veggies which provides you essential vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. There is a close relationship between diet and mood. Healthy diet can significantly change your mood and well being.

Adequate sleep is one of the influencing factors to stay positive. A good 7-9 hours of quality sleep is essential for reducing your stress. It helps you to forget about a bad day, to feel refreshed, to start your day with full of energy and positivity.

Laugh More:-

This is also one of the most important steps you should do to stay positive and optimistic. Thanks to the huge popularity of YouTube and Web series, there are thousands of funniest videos that can help you to feel relaxed and happy instantly and take off your mind from current events. It is said that laughter is the best medicine. A laugh reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine and increases the level of endorphins which can help you to feel relaxed. It also improves your blood circulation and strengthens your immune system. You should also try out happiness or laughter yoga.

Me” time:-

Staying at home all the time can be really stressful for everyone. So, “me” time is required to avoid irritability and negative emotions which are generated through global pandemic. Spending time with yourself is a very important thing that can help you to increase productivity, gratitude, happiness and positivity. It also provides you opportunities to look at yourself and prioritize your important tasks. Sometimes we become very busy in our daily routine that we forget about the following questions.

  • What do we want to achieve in our life?
  • What is important for us?
  • What is our goal?
  • What is our plan?

So, we should start taking time for self discovery to find out those answers. We should schedule some “me” time everyday at least 30 minutes just for you. By doing these, you will feel more focused, motivated and positive during these tough times.

Playing Games with Your Family/Partner:-

One of the things couples/family should do is playing games. Playing games keeps our mind engaged during this anxiety producing environment of COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers have found that playing game releases oxytocin (love hormone) when couples spend time together in these activities. It can help us to increase our logical thinking, improve our relationship and make our life more fun. You can play Chess, Checkers, Monopoly, Clue, Jenga, Qwirkle, Pictionary, Dominion, Cards, Ludo, Carrom, Tic-Tac-Toe and many more.

Do House Hold Chores Together:-

Most of the people are not taking any domestic help or maid servant to protect their family from the spread of coronavirus. So, considering these situations, the household chores should be taken care of by all family members. We should make a list of chores and divide the responsibility and duties between each of the family members. So, no one can get irritated and burdened with the workload. It can be really a fun event. According to new research, especially couples who do chores together are happier and create a strong bond between them.

Cook Special Meals for Your Family:-

Restaurants might be closed in your area or you might not be comfortable to order it from outside as a preventive measure against coronavirus. It has given us opportunities to cook a meal for our loved one at home and make them feel special. You can take advantage of freely available information on YouTube and experiment with new delicious recipes and be a master in cooking. It will also help you to protect your family against coronavirus by avoiding outside food.

Helping Others:-

Helping others is not only good for that person but it is an easy way to make you feel better instantly. A study shows that it will enhance your overall sense of purpose and identity. One should protect themselves and be supportive to others who might need some extra assistance. It will help them to live their life comfortable in these difficult times by maintaining social distancing.

Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to keep from all the negativity and stay positive through tough times. Did you try any of the above tips? Please feel free to share your experience.

Stay at home, Stay positive and follow the government’s guidelines to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

Related: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Related: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Nirali.