Importance of silence: A silent mind helps you to think. A silent mind brings you relaxation. A silent mind helps you to listen to the sound of nature. It is only through silence that you can hear your own inner voice. It is only through silence that you can 'hear' what might want to say to you. Through silence, you get to know yourself better. It has miraculous effects on the body too. The quiet mind is the mind that has true wonders. This is the power of the silent mind.
Peace and happiness go hand in hand. Both happiness and peace are state of the human mind. Once you have attained either one of them, it is easy to attain the other. This means that when you have attained peace, it is easy to attain happiness. When you have learned to achieve happiness, peace might be with you too. You have to learn to seek happiness. Happiness don't just come to you. You must have the desire and graving for it. Only when seek, you will find.
It is impossible to have two thoughts in your mind at the same time. As you bring your attention to your meditation, all other thoughts will fade away. Thoughts will come back, but they will fade away again. And they will come back and then leave. This process will soon become a habit for you as you learn to bring attention to the moment. You will begin to notice the thoughts that come and go as you go about your everyday life. And you will begin to recognize your negative thoughts and how they affect you.