Happiness — it’s the one thing we all seek in life, yet it’s tough to define. Of course, that hasn’t stopped plenty of people from trying. Countless poets, philosophers, psychologists and artists have endeavoured to pin down the meaning of — and secret to — happiness throughout history. While there’s no one answer, there are plenty of different approaches we can all use to enrich our lives. That’s why we’ve compiled 50 of the best quotes about happiness and turned them into professionally designed graphics. Whether you post them on your social media feed, use them as your phone or desktop wallpaper or print them out for your office, these poignant words are sure to inspire, uplift and motivate you.
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get
— Dale Carnegie
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
– Mark Twain
The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
– Abraham Lincoln
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
– Dalai Lama
Happiness is the best makeup.
— Drew Barrymore
The mere sense of living is happiness enough
— Emily Dickinson
The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are
— Goldie Hawn
Happiness? That’s nothing more than good health and a poor memory.
– Albert Schweitzer
Some days, you just have to create your own sunshine.
— Sam Sundquist
Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like.
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
— Marthe Troly-Curtin
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Be happy with what you want. Be excited about what you get
— Alan Cohen
Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.
— William James
If you want to be happy, be.
– Leo Tolstoy
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
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
– Hosea Ballou
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
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
– Marcus Aurelius
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
— Greg Anderson
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
— Frank Tyger
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.
– Douglas Jerrold
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
― John Lennon
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.
— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Happiness comes in waves. It’ll find you again.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
—Thich Nhat Hanh
Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
— Mother Theresa
Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower.
– John Harrigan
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
– Charles Spurgeon
The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
— Thich Nhat Hahn
It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
— Lucille Ball
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
— Margaret Lee Runbeck
Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
— Morris West
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.
Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.
— Dennis Waitley
It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
Be happy with what have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.
— William E. Gladstone
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of your will.
Happiness is there for the taking — and making.
— Oprah Winfrey
One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.
— Iris Murdoch
True happiness is an acceptance of life as it is given to us, with its diminishment, mystery, uncontrollability and all.
— Michael Gellert
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