03/29/2013 08:18 am ET Updated May 29, 2013

Day 29: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 29 of 31 Days

"Don't give up the search for happiness because you're afraid of getting hurt." -- Martha Raye (actress, 1916-94)

We're all afraid of getting hurt. None of us would willingly offer ourselves up for a bit of an emotional battering. So we step lightly around love, holding back our hearts, investing cautiously and not giving too much. And yet, the more we hold back the less happy we are. In protecting ourselves from hurt we hurt ourselves in the process.

A few years ago I learned the best way not to get hurt and be happy is to never stop searching for it -- with everyone and in everything. Sometimes the highlight of your day can be with a total stranger. Sometimes a life opportunity comes along in an utterly unexpected way. And then because you have so many eggs in so many baskets, when you're faced with the occasional rejection, you'll hardly notice it at all.

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