Happiness

“Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.”

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”

“People should find happiness in the little things, like family.”

“As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.”

“All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.”

“Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”

“Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”

“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.

“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.”

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.”

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”

“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.”

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”

“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.”

“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.”

“People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat – that’s the only moral they know.”

“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.”

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

“Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.”

“Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.”

“The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.

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

“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.”

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”

“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”

“My family didn’t have a lot of money, and I’m grateful for that. Money is the longest route to happiness.”

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

“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.”

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”

“Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.”

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”

“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.”

“Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.”

“Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don’t go through life creaking.”

“Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack.”

“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

“Happiness is a form of courage.”

“All happiness depends on courage and work.”

“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?”

“Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.”

“Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy.”

“Real happiness is not of temporary enjoyment, but is so interwoven with the future that it blesses for ever.”

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”

“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.”

“Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.”

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

“The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.”

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

“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.”

“You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.”

“In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?”

“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.”

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”

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

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”

“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.”

“In my life I’ve learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we’re all searching for. I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t become a better person through love.”

“Happiness is a well-balanced combination of love, labour, and luck.”

“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.”

“Ups and downs. Victories and defeats. Sadness and happiness. That’s the best kind of life.”

“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.”

“Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.”

“Happiness is the default state. It’s what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life.”

“Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.”

“Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.”

“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.”

“Happiness is the natural flower of duty.”

“It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness.”

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”

“Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.”

“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.”

“The happiness of life is made up of the little charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment.”

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

“Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.”

“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.”

“The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.”

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

“Happiness is a function of accepting what is.”

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

“Happiness is a state of activity.”

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

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”

“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.”

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

“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.”

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

“The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.”

“On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.”

“There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.”

Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference. Naval Ravikant 

Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things. Maxime Lagacé 

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown 

Happiness is a state where nothing is missing. Naval Ravikant 

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. Steve Maraboli 

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus Aurelius 

Life gets better when you accept more and reject less. Maxime Lagacé 

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison 

If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is a function of accepting what is. Werner Erhard 

You can only have bliss if you don’t chase it. Henepola Gunaratana 

Difficult roads often leads to beautiful destinations. 

It’s the little things in life.

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller 

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius 

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Marthe Troly-Curtin 

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. Charles Dickens

The truly wise and happy are never rushed. Maxime Lagacé 

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Guillaume Apollinaire 

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

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

Enjoy it. Because it’s happening. Stephen Chbosky

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

Happiness is a direction, not a place. Sydney J. Harris

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

Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour. Walt Whitman

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 and 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

Happiness is an inside job. William Arthur Ward

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 quotes 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

Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. Ayn Rand

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. Mark Twain

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

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 that state of consciousness that proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. Ayn Rand

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

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

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more. Roy T. Bennett

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

Stop being busy. Start being present. Maxime Lagacé

The constant happiness is curiosity. Alice Munro

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. Colette

Being happy is being satisfied. Being satisfied means accepting. Maxime Lagacé

Happiness is not out there, it’s in you.

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

Happiness is inversely correlated with desire. Unknown

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. @LifeMathMoney

Happiness is acceptance. Unknown

All happiness depends on courage and work. Honoré de Balzac

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. James Oppenheim

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

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

Whoever is happy will make others happy. Anne Frank

There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt

I’m happy. Which often looks like crazy. David Henry Hwang

What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness. David Steindl-Rast

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

And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’ Kurt Vonnegut

The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. William Saroyan

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer

People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat – that’s the only moral they know. Dany Laferrière

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. Chuck Palahniuk

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

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage. Carrie Jones

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

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

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream. And that’s kind of the same thing.

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

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

If we would just slow down, happiness would catch up to us. Richard Carlson

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

There is great happiness in not wanting, in not being something, in not going somewhere. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Truly happy people don’t need to show others that they are. Maxime Lagacé

Say “no” more often so you can say “yes” to what’s important. 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

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. Bernard Meltzer

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

Happiness is the default state. It’s what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life. Naval Ravikant

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.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. Unknown

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. Chinese proverb

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 (notable-quotes.com)

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

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. Freya Stark

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

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

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

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.