Happiness Quotes

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Happiness Quotes


“By happiness I mean here a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. This is not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion, or a mood, but an optimal state of being. Happiness is also a way of interpreting the world, since while it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the way we look at it.” ~Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

“Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.” ~Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” ~Martha Washington

“Authentic happiness is not linked to an activity; it is a state of being, a profound emotional balance struck by a subtle understanding of how the mind functions.” ~Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~Aristotle

“The First Splendid Truth: To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.” ~The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis.” ~Margaret Bonanno

“To eke out the most happiness from an experience, we must anticipate it, savor it as it unfolds, express happiness, and recall a happy memory.” ~The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.” ~William Butler Yeats

“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” ~The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

“If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day – go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.”
~Chinese Proverb

“The word happiness is used to indicate at least three related things, which we might roughly call emotional happiness, moral happiness, and judgmental happiness.” ~Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

“Happiness refers to feelings, virtue refers to actions, and those actions can cause those feelings. But not necessarily and not exclusively.” ~Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.” ~Epictetus

“There is nothing wrong with seeking happiness, we all do it. The question isn’t really looking at the happiness, the question is what is our relationship to happiness and where do we find it? When we experience happiness from external sources the happiness is unreliable, because it is not lasting and cannot free us from our problems.” ~Book Reiki Meditations for Beginners by Lawrence Ellyard

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery.” ~Anne Frank

“I prefer to think of the creation or construction of happiness, because research shows that it’s in our power to fashion it for ourselves.” ~The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“If we can accept as true that life circumstances are not the keys to happiness, we’ll be greatly empowered to pursue happiness for ourselves.” ~The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Thus the key to happiness lies not in changing our genetic makeup (which is impossible) and not in changing our circumstances (i.e., seeking wealth or attractiveness or better colleagues, which is usually impractical), but in our daily intentional activities.” ~The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~Groucho Marx

“Last but not least, the happiest people do have their share of stresses, crises, and even tragedies. They may become just as distressed and emotional in such circumstances as you or I, but their secret weapon is the poise and strength they show in coping in the face of challenge.” ~The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“If you’re not happy today, then you won’t be happy tomorrow unless you take things into your own hands and take action.” ~The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.” ~Marcus Aurelius

“Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not out there is that it’s inside us.” ~The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.” ~Denis Waitly

“If we observe genuinely happy people, we shall find that they do not just sit around being contented. They make things happen. They pursue new understandings, seek new achievements, and control their thoughts and feelings. In sum, our intentional, effortful activities have a powerful effect on how happy we are, over and above the effects of our set points and the circumstances in which we find themselves. If an unhappy person wants to experience interest, enthusiasm, contentment, peace, and joy, he or she can make it happen by learning the habits of a happy person.” ~The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama

“In a nutshell, the fountain of happiness can be found in how you behave, what you think, and what goals you set every day of your life.” ~The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.” ~Unknown

“The good life is using your signature strengths every day to produce authentic happiness and abundant gratification.” ~Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E. P. Seligman

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory. ” ~Ingrid Bergman

“Not only do happy people endure pain better and take more health and safety precautions when threatened, but positive emotions undo negative emotions.” ~Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E. P. Seligman

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” ~Jaques Prevert

“Positive emotion can be about the past, the present, or the future. The positive emotions about the future include optimism, hope, faith, and trust. Those about the present include joy, ecstasy, calm, zest, ebullience, pleasure, and (most importantly) flow; these emotions are what most people usually mean when they casually—but much too narrowly—talk about “happiness.” The positive emotions about the past include satisfaction, contentment, fulfillment, pride, and serenity.” ~Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E. P. Seligman

“Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.” ~George Bernard Shaw

“What I “discovered” was that happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.” ~Book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“I wake up every morning with a great desire to live joyfully.” ~Anna Howard Shaw

“Instead of constantly trying to be happy, we should focus on building a rich, meaningful life, guided by our core values and interests.” ~Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life by Todd Kashdan

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” ~Franklin Roosevelt

“In this regard, pleasure is an event; happiness is a process. Pleasure is an end point; happiness is the journey. Pleasure is material; happiness is spiritual. Pleasure is self-involved; happiness is outer- and other-involved.” ~Book How Could You Do That?!: Abdication of Character, Courage, Consci by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

“Happiness is an inside job.” ~William Arthur Ward

“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” ~Dale Carnegie

“When you’re Happy for No Reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them. You don’t need to manipulate the world around you to try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.” ~Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

“Put your attention on happiness by practicing the Happiness Habits each day.” ~Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

“Taking ownership of your happiness has two aspects: Accepting that being happy is up to you and that you have the ability and power to be happier by changing your habits. Taking “response-ability”: responding to all the events in your life in a way that supports your happiness.” ~Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff


“Happiness is a state of mind. With physical comforts if your mind is still in a state of confusion and agitation, it is not happiness. Happiness means calmness of mind.” ~The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom by Dalai Lama, Renuka Singh

“The only joy in the world is to begin.” ~Cesare Pavese

“All moments of joy include an element of happiness. But not all moments of happiness include joy. Happiness often comes from drive reduction—avoidance of pain or the pursuit of pleasure for pleasure’s sake. The essence of joy, on the other hand, is spirit.” ~Wired for Joy by Laurel Mellin

“Joy is spiritual and far grittier than happiness, and far more robust.” ~Wired for Joy by Laurel Mellin

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” ~Ashley Montagu


“Psychologists have found that we are more likely, in looking back at our lives, to remember high points and dramatic shifts in far greater proportion than ongoing stretches of happiness or misery.” ~Exploring Happiness by Sissela Bok

“Are people the best judges of their own happiness, or outsiders? In defining happiness, should we think of entire lives or of shorter periods such as moments, days, or years? And to what extent are virtue and happiness linked?” ~Exploring Happiness by Sissela Bok

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” ~Iris Murdoch

“Three sorts of goods, Aristotle specified, contribute to happiness: goods of the soul, including moral and intellectual virtues and education; bodily goods, such as strength, good health, beauty, and sound senses; and external goods, such as wealth, friends, good birth, good children, good heredity, good reputation and the like.” ~Exploring Happiness by Sissela Bok

“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” ~James M. Barrie


“Happiness can only be found within, by breaking attachments to external things and cultivating an attitude of acceptance.” ~The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt


“My personal opinion is that the neutral position on the mood spectrum—what I called emotional sea level—is not happiness but rather contentment and the calm acceptance that is the goal of many kinds of spiritual practice.” ~Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil

“The choice is ours: we can keep on craving what we don’t have, and so perpetuate our unhappiness, or we can adjust our attitude toward what we do have so that our expectations conform to our experience.” ~Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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