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370 Quotes About Happiness to Brighten Everyone's Day

Happiness is... what? We are all involved in the pursuit of happiness and it can mean something different to each of us. And something different at different points in our lives. So it is something to periodically re-ponder - what does happiness mean to me and am I happy and how important is that to me?

Here is a large collection of the best happiness quotes we could find for you to reflect upon and enjoy.

Our hope is that some will resonate with you and thus brighten your day! Please share widely and spread the happy!


Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.



A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.



The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.



A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.



There are so many ways to seek and find pleasure, but only one way to search and gain happiness; which is through your mind.



Happiness is not always through success. Equally, the constant pursuit of success is sure unhappiness. But we have to find the balance.



The single most important factor in our long-term happiness is the relationships we have with our family and close friends.



I always had a larger view. I'm interested in real life -- my family, my friends. I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is. My happiness is way beyond roles and awards.



Life is about making your own happiness -- and living by your own rules.



One's happiness depends less on what he knows than on what he feels.



Happiness is a habit -- cultivate it.



To be happy you must be your own sunshine.



Happiness is the soul in peace.



Happiness doesn't care how you get there.



Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.



A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.



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



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



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



Beauty comes from the happiness within.



Happiness and love are just a choice away.



Happiness is a choice. Choose to be happy.



Happiness is a decision.



You are the key to happiness.



Compassion is one of the principal things that make our lives meaningful. It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy.



Life isn't about money, it's about moments.



Your success and happiness lies in you.



Inner bliss is ultimate happiness.



Live with the objective of being happy.



Look for happiness under your own roof.



The real happiness is self-contentment.



Find joy in the ordinary.



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



Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.



No joy can equal the joy of serving others.



Happiness is wanting what you have.



Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.



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



A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.



Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.



A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.



One joy scatters a hundred griefs.



True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.



There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.



Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.



Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth... Happiness comes from giving, not getting.
If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also.
To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.



The goal of all goals is happiness, and our emotions are like road signs on that journey toward the goal of happiness.



If my heart can become pure and simple, like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.



A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.



You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.



Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.



Happiness can be thought, taught and caught... but not bought.



To live long and achieve happiness, cultivate the art of radiating happiness.



Nothing real stands between you and your happiness, only illusion and confusion.



Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.



An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.



Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.



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



Learn to be happy in any and all circumstances, whether you're experiencing pleasure or pain, whether there's loss or gain, whether the world loves you or hates you. Learn to be happy.



The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.



Everywhere you go, take a smile with you.



A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Longer Version:

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.



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.



Happiness is not a goal -- it's a by-product of a life well lived.

Longer Version:

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. For what keeps our interest in life and makes us look forward to tomorrow is giving pleasure to other people.



Laughter is poison to fear.



We don't even ask happiness, just a little less pain.



Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.



Smile more. Smiling can make you and others happy.



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 the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.



Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.



Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.



Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.



Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life.



The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.



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I've got nothing to do today but smile.



The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness.



If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.



Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else.







Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.



Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.



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.



Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine.



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



Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.



There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.



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



Happiness is a choice and a skill and you can dedicate yourself to learning that skill and making that choice.



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



You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.



Happiness is a place between too much and too little.



The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of everyday.



Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.



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



Be happy. It really annoys negative people.



Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.



Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.



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



If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.



Whoever is happy will make others happy.



The constant happiness is curiosity.



The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.



In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.



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



True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self.

Longer Version:

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.



Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.



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.



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



It's the little things in life.



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



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



Happiness is a warm puppy.





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



Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.



Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.



When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.


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