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261 Happy Quotes to Add More Happy to Your Day

What does it mean to be happy? How important is it to be happy? What makes us happy? We are all involved in the pursuit of happiness and it can mean something different to each of us. Here is a large collection of happy quotes that we think you will enjoy. Our hope is that some will speak to you and add some joy to your day! Please share widely and spread the happy!

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.

Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake.

Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.

There is the love and marriage and family kind of happiness, which is exceedingly boring to describe but nonetheless is important to have and dreadful not to have.

Better to be happy than wise.

Happy wife, happy life.

Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.

The only joy in the world is to begin.

Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.

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

We are all happy if we but knew it.

To be happy, make others happy.

Do not wait for a reason to be happy.

Don't Worry Be Happy.

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

Sometimes you have to let everything go -- purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything -- whatever is bringing you down -- get rid of it. Because you will find that when you are free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

The more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and that there will never be a time when it is not now.

Be happy, and a reason will come along.

Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

Nothing can take your joy; you have to give it away. You're in complete control of your happiness.

Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

The best things in life aren't things.

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.

Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.

You are in charge of your own happiness; you don't need to wait for other people's permission to be happy.

Stop giving other people the power to control your happiness, your mind, and your life. If you don't take control of yourself and your own life, someone else is bound to try.

Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude.

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.

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

I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.

It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.

Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.

It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows.

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.

It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life.

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

Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference.

No medicine cures what happiness cannot.

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Longer Version:

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

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

Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy.

Happiness is a form of courage.

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

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

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

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

Longer Version:

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
-Thomas Jefferson.

Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.

Happiness, I do not know where to turn to discover you on earth, in the air or the sky; yet I know you exist and are no futile dream.

Protect your health. Without it you face a serious handicap for success and happiness.

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

I think happiness is love.

Happiness is the bomb cosmetic! When I'm smiling, sometimes I'm giving thanks for all the things I have rather than worrying about the things I don't.

The paradox of faith is that when we conform our lives to Christ then we gain our true freedom. And its fruit is profound and lasting happiness.

To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to 'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to 'be happy.'

Longer Version:

To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to 'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to 'be happy.' Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically. As we see, a human being is not one in pursuit of happiness but rather in search of a reason to become happy, last but not least, through actualizing the potential meaning inherent and dormant in a given situation.

The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.

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

I don't have the recipe for happiness, but I think the engine is simply having the desire.

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man.

If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow.

Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.

It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power.

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

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

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.

The cause of justice is the cause of humanity. Its advocates should overflow with universal good will. We should love this cause, for it conduces to the general happiness of mankind.

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

Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

The philosophical point is that our happiness and wellbeing is not based on incomes rising. This is not just the wisdom of sages but of ordinary people. Prosperity is more social and psychological: it's about identification, affiliation, participation in society and a sense of purpose.

The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.

Happiness for me is totally just being at peace knowing that, everything I'm doing, God is pleased with that. It's complete peace for me.

A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose.

You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.

Bosses should sanction the nap rather than expect workers to power on all day without repose. They might even find that workers' happiness -- or what management types refer to as 'employee satisfaction results' -- might improve.

Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.

When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

It's up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you're not happy. Your happiness lies in your hands. You can't rely on a man to make you happy or complete you. That starts with you.

Happiness is definitely a priority in our household. That the kids are happy and everybody is comfortable. Self-esteem is very important.

My happiness is being able to present my talents for people to see, and I feel like I'm an ambassador of Thai history and Thai culture on film so that people can see Muay Thai.

There is even a happiness -- that makes the heart afraid.

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

People want to be happy, so they don't want to feel as though they're mired in this world of ugliness. I think that if people can recognize that you can actually help and change that ugliness, then you'll feel a lot better about yourself as well, and that does create a certain amount of happiness.

Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.

I have a talent for happiness. I look with the eyes of a painter, and I see beauty.

Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It's the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.

The arrival of any child brings you a lot of happiness.

I think family, friends and a sense of community give you greater happiness than money. But, of course, one has to have a minimum on which to live. The joy I get from sitting around and having a laugh is immeasurable -- much greater than anything that I have ever bought.

Feminism's agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.

For me, the opposite of happiness isn't sadness but boredom.

A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it, she knows the meaning of true generosity, happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with a courage and grace.

The problem is that, partly because we are women, a large measure of our happiness depends on our relationships -- including, unavoidably, our relationships with men.

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