Activity is another name for happiness. Give free, unfettered play to your unique talents, live with the full radiance of your being. This is what it means to be truly.
When things look dark, we can all use a simple reminder of what is truly important. We can all use a small burst of inspiration.
Here are 75 quotes about happiness that can do just that.
Tweet them. Share them.
But most important, pick one you like best and place it where you'll see it every day... and let it help make your day a little brighter.
Published on: Aug 11, 2014
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Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet
Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown Click to tweet
Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. Steve Maraboli Click to tweet
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus AureliusClick to tweet
If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy Click to tweet
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more. Roy T. Bennett Click to tweet
You can only have bliss if you don’t chase it. Henepola Gunaratana Click to tweet
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet
It’s the little things in life. Click to tweet
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We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. William James
Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Guillaume Apollinaire
That’s your unlimited desires that are clouding your peace, your happiness. Naval Ravikant
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. Frank Tyger
There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mahatma Gandhi
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen Keller
Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. Lou Holtz
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self. Joseph Addison
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Marthe Troly-Curtin Click to tweet
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison Click to tweet
Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour. Walt Whitman
Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. Abraham Lincoln
Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory. Albert Schweitzer
Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard
Seek it outside and you’ll be exhausted. Seek it inside you’ll find a path. Maxime Lagacé
It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness. Richard Branson
I am very happy because I have conquered myself and not the world. I am very happy because I have loved the world and not myself. Sri Chinmoy
What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. Colette
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. Thomas Jefferson
People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. Anton Chekhov
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. Dale Carnegie
Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time…serenity, that nothing is. Thomas Szasz (This is one of my favorite happiness quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)
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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius Click to tweet
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. Mark Twain
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom. Buddha
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway
The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters. Audrey Hepburn
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. Friedrich Nietzsche
Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. Ayn Rand Click to tweet
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Augustine of Hippo
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein
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Happiness is a state where nothing is missing. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet
The constant happiness is curiosity. Alice Munro
Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. Colette
Finding happiness is easy: stop being busy. Maxime Lagacé
Being happy is being satisfied. Being satisfied means accepting. Maxime Lagacé
Doing what you were born to do… That’s the way to be happy. Agnes Martin
Being happy is not the only happiness. Alice Walker
Enjoy it. Because it’s happening. Stephen Chbosky
Happiness is inversely correlated with desire. Unknown
No medicine cures what happiness cannot. Gabriel García Márquez
It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. Seneca
The thicker the skin, the happier the man. Life Math Money
Happiness is acceptance. Unknown
All happiness depends on courage and work. Honoré de Balzac
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. James Oppenheim
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. George Sand
Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon. Winnie the Pooh Click to tweet
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam
I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve. Jane Austen
Whoever is happy will make others happy. Anne Frank
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We forge the chains we wear in life. Charles Dickens
I’m happy. Which often looks like crazy. David Henry Hwang
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Happiness does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness. David Steindl-Rast Click to tweet
Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. Charles Dickens
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. Friedrich Nietzsche
The deepest satisfaction you’ll find will be when you give all you’ve got on one thing, or when you’ll do absolutely nothing and accept life as it is. Think On and Off. Avoid the middle. Maxime Lagacé
A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness. Leo Tolstoy (Family Happiness)
It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life. Henrik Ibsen
So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? Hunter S. Thompson
The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. Chuck Palahniuk Click to tweet
People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat – that’s the only moral they know. Dany Laferrière
The greatest secret to happiness and peace is letting every life situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be. Then, make the very best of it. Thibaut
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. Andrew Carnegie
Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. Dale Carnegie
What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds. Wayne Dyer
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn
Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. William Saroyan
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. Samuel Johnson
On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so. William R. Inge
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it. William Feather
I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy. Allen J. Lefferdink
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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. Unknown Click to tweet
Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth. Unknown
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. Lady Blessington
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. Gustave Flaubert
Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. Mark Twain
Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian. Shari R. Barr
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. Janet Lane
You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream. And that’s kind of the same thing. Unknown
When someone told me I lived in a fantasy land I nearly fell of my unicorn. Unknown
Some days I amaze myself. Other days I put my keys in the fridge. Unknown
Happiness does not have a price tag so smile. Unknown
The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1. Unknown
Be happy. It really annoys negative people. Ricky Gervais
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One day, or day one, you decide. Click to tweet
Happiness is not out there, it’s in you.
Difficult roads often leads to beautiful destinations.
The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.
Don’t let the silly little things steal your happiness.
There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness.
People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness. Click to tweet
Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.
The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of everyday.
There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy.
Life only comes around once, so do whatever makes you happy, and be with whoever makes you smile.
Someday you’ll look back and understand why it all happened the way it did.
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
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Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. Bernard Meltzer Click to tweet
Happiness: A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Daily Crescent
Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment. Unknown
Happy girls are the prettiest. Audrey Hepburn
Be you. Do you. For you. Unknown Click to tweet
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Happiness is a place between too much and too little. Finnish proverb Click to tweet
Seeking happiness is a straight way to misery. English proverb
You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair. Chinese proverb
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
Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. Chinese proverb
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If we would just slow down, happiness would catch up to us. Richard Carlson Click to tweet
Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose. C.S. Lewis
Not wanting something is as good as having it. Naval Ravikant
With my desire to improve everything, I destroy the moment. Naval Ravikant
Happiness is a choice and a skill and you can dedicate yourself to learning that skill and making that choice. Naval Ravikant
School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards – wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity – come from ignoring others and improving ourselves. Naval Ravikant
One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows. Chinese proverb Click to tweet
There is great happiness in not wanting, in not being something, in not going somewhere. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Your mind will seek security and comfort in accumulation (of knowledge, material, status, etc.). This is a never ending game. Be above that. Play the long game. Maxime Lagacé
Say no more often so you can say yes to what’s important for you. Maxime Lagacé
The more people need to show the’re happy, the less they are. Maxime Lagacé
It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will. L.M. Montgomery
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. Mother Teresa
There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations. Jodi Picoult
Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson. Alan Cohen
Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. Aristotle
It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else. Arthur Schopenhauer
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. Carl Sandburg
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr
Happiness is the default state. It’s what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life. Naval Ravikant
Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life. Germaine Greer Click to tweet
There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time. C. JoyBell C.
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. Freya Stark
In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy. Robert Louis Stevenson
Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else. Nathaniel Branden
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. Unknown
Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness? Yevgeny Zamyatin
Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. John Stuart Mill
There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way. Thich Nhat Hanh
Enjoyment is just the sound of being centered. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content. Niccolo Machiavelli
Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sometimes we don’t find the thing that will make us happy because we can’t give up the thing that was supposed to. Robert Brault
Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine. Henry Ward Beecher
Usefulness is happiness, and… all other things are but incidental. Lydia Maria Child, The American Frugal Housewife
Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve. Robert S. Lynd
To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it. Robert Brault
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. Robert Frost
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. Bertrand Russell
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The only disability in life is a bad attitude. Scott Hamilton Click to tweet
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ups and downs. Victories and defeats. Sadness and happiness. That’s the hardest but also the most satisfying kind of life. Maxime Lagacé
When was the last time you paused and took a deep breath? Maxime Lagacé
Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. Søren Kierkegaard
The happiness of life is made up of the little charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. Logan Pearsall Smith
If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day. W. Beran Wolfe
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus
I think the key to life is just being a happy person, and happiness will bring you success. Diego Val
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. Epictetus
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? Albert Camus
Find a place where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell
Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom. Benjamin Franklin
Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet
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Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa Click to tweet
Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest. Sri Chinmoy
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert A. Heinlein
It can be scary to love. It can also become your greatest joy. Maxime Lagacé
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. Bertrand Russell Click to tweet
Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever. Peter Hagerty
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Albert Schweitzer
All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love. Baruch Spinoza
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort. Charlotte Brontë
True happiness comes not from a limited concern for one’s own well-being, or that of those one feels close to, but from developing love and compassion for all sentient beings. Dalai Lama
I think for me, happiness is crucial, but I think we think that happiness comes from amassing goods and getting things and being loved and being successful, when in fact my experience of happiness comes when you give everything away, when you serve people, when you’re watching something you do make somebody happy – that’s when happiness happens. Eve Ensler
Happy people have two things in common. They know exactly what they want and they feel they’re moving toward getting it. That’s what makes life feel good: when it has direction, when you are heading straight for what you love. Barbara Sher
Man’s only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever. John Ruskin
But what is after all the happiness of mere power? There is a greater happiness possible than to be lord of heaven and earth; that is the happiness of being truly loved. Lafcadio Hearn
Love is a that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own… Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy. Robert A. Heinlein
Living our life deeply and with happiness, having time to care for our loved ones, this is another kind of success, another kind of power, and it is much more important. Thich Nhat Hanh
People happy in love have an air of intensity. Stendhal
Once you do something you love, you never have to work again. Willie Hill
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Happiness is only real when shared. Jon Krakauer (Into The Wild) Click to tweet
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. John Lennon
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust
You’ll have a few happy memories of yourself in solitude but the most emotional and meaningful will be the ones with your family and friends. Maxime Lagacé
You cannot judge what should bring others joy, and others cannot judge what should bring you joy. Alan Cohen
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though it were his own. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus
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Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want. Alan Cohen Click to tweet
The man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of life. Euripides
I don’t plan. I’m not a planner. I prefer to live in the moment and be free and to flow and to be happy. Naval Ravikant
The more you accumulate stuff, the more complex your life will be, the less freedom you’ll have. Maxime Lagacé
A good way to simplify your life is to ask yourself every morning, “what’s important to me?”. Then, spend most of your time on those things. Maxime Lagacé
Having no expectations is a win-win situation. If the outcome is good you are pleasantly surprised. If not then no problem because you were not expecting anything to begin with. The Ancient Sage
I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else. Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek)
If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. Edith Wharton
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self? Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys. Christian Nestell Bovee
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. Frederick Keonig
As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves. Andrew Delbanco
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. Eric Hoffer
The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment. Doug Larson
How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now. Gerald Jampolsky
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. Thornton Wilder
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. Maxim Gorky
Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by. Carl Sandburg
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens. Douglas Jerrold
Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness. Friedrich Nietzsche
We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. Walter Savage Landor Click to tweet
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If you are not happy here and now, you never will be. Taisen Deshimaru Click to tweet
It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. Dale Carnegie
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet
A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is. Seneca
Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be. William Adams
Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them. Marcus Aurelius
The notion of happiness doesn’t exist in nature, it only exists in your mind. Maxime Lagacé
Your most primal need are to seek comfort and security. Unless you understand how your craving mind works, you’ll never rise above it. Maxime Lagacé
To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek. Alan Cohen
Desire is a contract that you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want. Naval Ravikant
The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life. Roy T. Bennett
Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude. Roy T. Bennett
Misery is almost always the result of thinking. Joseph Joubert
Joy is not in things; it is in us. Richard Wagner
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Laughter is poison to fear. George R.R. Martin Click to tweet
Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. Norm Papernick
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. Jean de La Bruyere
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. William Shakespeare
Laugh, dance, smile, stay a little crazy. Life doesn’t always make sense. Maxime Lagacé
I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat. Allen Klein
Laughing brains are more absorbent. Alton Brown
Determine to live life with flair and laughter. Benjamin Franklin Click to tweet
Laughter is eternity if joy is real. Bono
Laugh. Laugh as much as you can. Laugh until you cry. Cry until you laugh. Keep doing it even if people are passing you on the street saying, ‘I can’t tell if that person is laughing or crying, but either way they seem crazy, let’s walk faster.’ Emote. It’s okay. It shows you are thinking and feeling. Ellen Degeneres
Never give up. Laugh a lot. Be good to others. James Dashner
You laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because you’re all the same. Jonathan Davis
If you can laugh, you can get through it. Jami Gertz
Work hard. Laugh when you feel like crying. Keep an open mind, open eyes and an open spirit. Rachael Ray
Laughter is an instant vacation. Milton Berle
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You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes. Lauren Oliver Click to tweet
I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy. Neil Gaiman
In the end, you should be grateful for your pains. Like trees without wind, humans grow weak without resistance. Maxime Lagacé
Happiness is a constant work-in-progress, because solving problems is a constant work-in-progress – the solutions to today’s problems will lay the foundation for tomorrow’s problems, and so on. True happiness occurs only when you find the problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving. Mark Manson
Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy. Roy T. Bennett Click to tweet
I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises. Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
Perfectionism is the enemy of happiness. Embrace being perfectly imperfect. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, you’ll be happier. We make mistakes because we are imperfect. Learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself, and keep moving forward. Roy T. Bennett
The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them. Bernard M. Baruch
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. Carl Jung
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung
Do what you have always done and you’ll get what you have always got. Sue Knight
You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on. Oprah Winfrey
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them-that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu
Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. Billy Graham
Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair. Rick Warren
Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack. Hazelmarie Elliott
We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it. Mignon McLaughlin
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. Fyodor Dostoevsky
One should be either sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers. Eugene O’Neill
It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace. Chuck Palahniuk
There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience. Archibald McLeish
In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy? Leslie Caron
Joy never feasts so high as when the first course is of misery. John Suckling
You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. Jonathan Safran Foer
Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves. Gordon B. Hinckley
Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy. Robert Anthony
Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy. Cynthia Nelms
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. George Bernard Shaw
Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. Vivian Komori Click to tweet
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A heart full of joy is better than a hand full of coins. Matshona Dhliwayo Click to tweet
The most valuable thing you can buy to make yourself happy is time. Maxime Lagacé
There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. G.K. Chesterton
It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. Frank McKinney Hubbard
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. Henry Ward Beecher Click to tweet
My family didn’t have a lot of money, and I’m grateful for that. Money is the longest route to happiness. Evangeline Lilly
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. Charles Kingsley
If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you. Lao Tzu
Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it’s greedy or loving. Dan Millman
Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth: we got a lot more for our money back when we had no money. Mignon McLaughlin
Money doesn’t bring happiness and creativity. Your creativity and happiness brings money. Sam Rosen
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. Margaret Young
The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash.
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Happiness is a direction, not a place. Sydney J. Harris Click to tweet
Happiness is an inside job. William Arthur Ward
Happiness is a form of courage. Holbrook Jackson
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. Eleanor Roosevelt
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. Denis Waitley
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. Margaret Lee Runbeck Click to tweet
We can’t control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement. David C. Hill
Real happiness is not of temporary enjoyment, but is so interwoven with the future that it blesses for ever. James Lendall Basford
Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy. J.M. Reinoso
We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. Thomas Merton
Happiness is a way station between too little and too much. Channing Pollock 9Mr. Moneypenny)
Happiness is usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. Thomas Szasz
Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it. Don Herold
Happiness is a function of accepting what is. Werner Erhard
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Norman MacEwan
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley
Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. Don Marquis
Happiness is the natural flower of duty. Phillips Brooks
Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. Thomas Jefferson
Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other. Norman Bradburn
Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill. Johnny Carson
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. Mildred Barthel
Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world. Orhan Pamuk
Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration. Pat Conroy
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Aristotle
Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have. Click to tweet
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. Ayn Rand
Happiness is the experience of loving life. Being happy is being in love with that momentary experience. And love is looking at someone or even something and seeing the absolute best in him/her or it. Love is happiness with what you see. So love and happiness really are the same thing…just expressed differently. Robert McPhillips
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. Robertson Davies
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. Immanuel Kant
Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else. Dr. Idel Dreimer
True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller
Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it. J. Petit Senn
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The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage. Carrie Jones
The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. William Morris Click to tweet
If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe. Joe Rogan
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha
The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness. Robert Brault
The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony. V.S. Pritchett
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you. Tony Robbins
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Everything is a gift of the universe – even joy, anger, jealously, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment. Ken Keyes Jr Click to tweet
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Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.
In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.
Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.
He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.
Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).
Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.
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October 2, 2019
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them
Wisdom Quotes Of Wise Words To Live A Happy Life. Quick! Think of a memory that makes you smile!! That felt kinda good, right? Next time you.
If you’re familiar with my work, then you know that I’m committed to helping people to stop their negative self talk – and live a happy life.
So I personally wrote and designed each of these 21 quotes about how to live more happily.
Below you will find a curated collection of my favorite wise words which help me to live more happily – on a daily basis.
I hope these happy life quotes ring true for you too – and inspire new ways of thinking and doing.
Read through these live happily quotes. Pick your favorite wise words and use them as a mobile screen saver. If you have a happy life quote you want to share, type it in the comments section. I might just design your happy life saying into my next image poster!
Quick! Think of a memory that makes you smile!! That felt kinda good, right? Next time you feel stress or sad, do a “Mental Rental” and think about happy memories. – Karen Salmansohn
My life isn’t perfect, but I’m thankful for everything I have.
Sometimes I prefer not to talk about things until I fure out what I’m truly feeling and thinking. – Karen Salmansohn
Some things take time. Stay positive. Be patient. Don’t settle. Things will get better. Wait for what you deserve. – Karen Salmansohn
Practice hitting the pause button. When angry, pause. And when stressed out, pause. When tired, pause. – Karen Salmansohn
Why people self sabotage happiness and how to stop
There’s a reason your windshield is bigger than your rearview mirror. Where you’re headed is much more important than what you’ve left behind.
You know what’s sexy? A person who’s been through a life challenges and comes out with insights, more depth and a fiery passion to face forward, forward, forward! – Karen Salmansohn
Sometimes figuring out WHY something happened isn’t nearly as important as the lesson you learn from it happening. – Mandy Hale
Don’t you dare shrink yourself for someone else’s comfort. Do not become small for people who refuse to grow.
Nice honest loyal guys are the sexiest. – Karen Salmansohn
Big secret to happiness: Work on becoming more self-aware. Explore your part in your patterns. You gotta own up to your limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging habits so you can disown them. – Karen Salmansohn
Being happy is not about WHAT you have. It’s about the THOUGHTS you have. – Karen Salmansohn
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If you want to say YES to happiness you must learn to say NO to things and people that stress you out. – Karen Salmansohn
Don’t ignore the effort of someone who tries to stay in touch. It’s not all the time someone cares.
You survived the painful relationship. You’ll survive the recovery.
People come and go. But the right ones will always stay. – Karen Salmansohn
If you have (or had) toxic relationships of any kind, read this now!
Words of wisdom from the world's wisest thinkers are timeless, though the world “In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.