50 quotes about happiness that will brighten your day

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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 endeavored 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 happiness quotes and turned them into professionally designed quote cards. 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.

1. A great reminder that they’re not always the same thing

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

— Dale Carnegie

2. There’s nothing more fulfilling than giving to someone else

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

– Mark Twain

3. You can learn to be happy in any circumstances

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

4. A beautiful metaphor to inspire us to stop chasing

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

5. A simple yet profound classic

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

– Abraham Lincoln

6. Compassion is always the key

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

– Dalai Lama

7. It does more than any cosmetic ever can

Happiness is the best makeup.

— Drew Barrymore

8. Sometimes, we just need to remind ourselves how lucky we are

The mere sense of living is happiness enough

— Emily Dickinson

9. True joy can only come from within

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are

— Goldie Hawn

10. A humorous take on defining happiness

Happiness? That’s nothing more than good health and a poor memory.

– Albert Schweitzer

10. Because happiness is an inside job

Some days, you just have to create your own sunshine.

— Sam Sundquist

11 Sometimes, we just need to go with the flow

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like.

— Unknown

12. A cute quote that’s guaranteed to bring smiles

If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

—Roald Dahl

13. A great reminder that it’s okay to slow down sometimes

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

— Marthe Troly-Curtin

14. Nobody else can create it for us

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

— Aristotle

15. An excellent philosophy to live by

Be happy with what you want. Be excited about what you get

— Alan Cohen

16. Often, it comes from where we least expect it

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

—Samuel Johnson

17. It truly is the best medicine

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.

— William James

18. It’s so simple, yet so true

If you want to be happy, be.

– Leo Tolstoy

19. An excellent reminder to practice gratitude

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

20. The best things in life truly are free

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.

– Hosea Ballou

21. It’s all about staying in the present

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

22. It starts as an inside job

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

– Marcus Aurelius

23. Don’t forget to enjoy the process

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

— Greg Anderson

24. Work can be a source of joy, if we allow it to be

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

— Frank Tyger

25. It can only come from within

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.

– Douglas Jerrold

26. One of the guru’s most iconic quotes

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Mahatma Gandhi

27. A wonderful quote for celebrating birthdays

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

― John Lennon

28. Sometimes, we just need to find joy in the mundane

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

— Henry Ward Beecher

29. Positivity breeds more positivity

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.

— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

30. An inspiring quote to help you find that light at the end of the tunnel

Happiness comes in waves. It’ll find you again.


31. Fake it until you make it

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

—Thich Nhat Hanh

32. It’s a skill we can all learn with practice

Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.

—Herman Hesse

33. For when your path in life feels unclear

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.

—Rose Lane

34. An eye-opening reminder to stay in the now

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.

—Leo Buscaglia

35. An admirable life goal

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

— Mother Theresa

36. The more you spread happiness, the more it blooms

Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower.

– John Harrigan

37. It’s about more than just material objects

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

– Charles Spurgeon

38. Sometimes, you just need to know how to look for it

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.

— Thich Nhat Hahn

39. Once you find it, don’t let go

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.

— Lucille Ball

40. A great reminder that it’s all about the voyage itself

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

— Margaret Lee Runbeck

41. Perfection doesn’t exist, but happiness can

Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

— Unknown

42. Because ruminating on the past can be an obstacle to happiness

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

— Morris West

43. Like a rare jewel, we should never take it for granted

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

44. The secret is finding pleasure in the work itself

Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.

— Dennis Waitley

45. Never underestimate the power of a smile

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

46. All the tools you need to be happy are already within you

Be happy with what have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.

— William E. Gladstone

47. Sometimes, we just need to let go

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of your will.

— Epictetus

48. You just need to reach out and grab it

Happiness is there for the taking — and making.

— Oprah Winfrey

49.  It’s all about the little things

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.

— Iris Murdoch

50. There’s beauty to be found in the unknown

True happiness is an acceptance of life as it is given to us, with its diminishment, mystery, uncontrollability and all.

— Michael Gellert

Whether you download these inspiring quotes as they are, or customize them in Canva, they’re sure to brighten your day and make you smile every time you see them.

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