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Definition Essay Examples Happiness Quotes


This is my collection of happiness quotes.

I think happiness quotes are a great way to share the wisdom of the ages and modern day sages.

I think a good quote is a like a good song … it means something to you, maybe even beyond the original intentions.

By filling your quiver of insights with inspiring quotes, you have more to draw from in any situation.  This post will help you fill your quiver with happiness quotes you can use throughout your life.

As you scan and sift through the happiness quotes, ask yourself, “how can I use this?”

What the Great Ones Teach Us About Happiness

Philosophers, scientists, and comedians have taught us a lot about happiness.  Maybe one of the most important lessons they’ve taught us is to look inward for happiness.

Sometimes it’s right in front of you and you just have to grab it.

They’ve also taught us that our thought patterns can limit or enable our happiness.  They’ve  taught us that happiness isn’t static.   They’ve taught us that happiness isn’t about things.

In fact, sometimes it’s about doing … doing what we love.

My Thoughts on Happiness

I think the key themes boil down to how we talk to ourselves, how we respond to things, how we make meaning, who we spend time with, and how we make the most of what we’ve got.   The other key thing is that happiness is dynamic and it’s not a static state.

It’s about living, learning and growing, and rolling with the punches.  I also think it’s important to think of happiness as a skill.  Drive from happiness.  For durable happiness, lead your happiness from the inside out.  Most importantly – enjoy the process.

Top 10 Happiness Quotes

Here are my top 10 favorite happiness quotes:

  1. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz
  2. “I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse.  I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.” – J.D. Salinger
  3. “If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven’t danced in the rain.” – Unknown
  4. “It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.” – Margaret Bonnano
  5. “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.” – Dale Carnegie
  6. “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
  7. “Nobody can take away your pain, so don’t let anyone take away your happiness.” – Unknown
  8. “The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up. ” – Charles L. Morgan
  9. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim
  10. “The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Allan K. Chalmers

What is Happiness

According to Wikipedia, happiness is “a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy.”    Here are some quotes that illuminate and define happiness from different perspectives:

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”

— Albert Camus

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

— Denis Waitley

“Happiness is… usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.”

— Thomas Szasz

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.”

— Sydney J. Harris

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness is a Swedish sunset -it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.”

— Mark Twain

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

— Francesca Reigler

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

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

— George Burns

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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

— Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Happiness is when your mind is thinking through your heart.”

— Judi Singleton

“Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second -and best -in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night’s sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.”

— Theodor “Fontane

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

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Independence is happiness.”

— Susan B. Anthony

“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something completely great.”

— Willa Cather

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

— George Sand

“To fill the hour -that is happiness.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.”

— Edward de Bono

“Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.”

— Sophocles

Skilled Happiness

You can learn to be happy and you can improve your happiness with skills.  When you think of it as a skill, you can change your thinking, feeling, and doing to drive from happiness.  Here are some quotes on building a happiness habit:

“Everything is material for the seed of happiness, if you look into it with inquisitiveness and curiosity. The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. There always is the potential to create an environment of blame -or one that is conducive to loving-kindness.”

— Pema Chodron

“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.”

-– Unknown

“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.”

— Mildred Barthel

“Happiness is a habit—cultivate it.”

— Elbert Hubbard

“Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.”

— John Lubbock

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”

-– Aeschylus

“Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.”

— J. Donald Walters

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

— Dalai Lama

“It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.”

— Katherine Mansfield

“Misery is almost always the result of thinking.”

— Joseph Joubert

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and “start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

— M. Scott Peck

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

— Peyton Conway March

“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 which has been opened for us.”

— Helen Keller

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”

— Dalai Lama

The Pursuit of Happiness

Chasing happiness can make it elusive.  You have to bake happiness into the journey.  Here are some quotes on pursuing happiness:

“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”

— Pearl S. Buck

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

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

— Edith Wharton

“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.”

— W. Beran Wolfe

“In the pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up.”

— R. H. Grenville

“It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed.”

— Kin Hubbard

“The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people.”

— Mark Twain

“The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase, if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.”

— C. P. Snow

“The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.”

— Francoise de Motteville

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

— Peyton Conway March

“We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.”

— Walter Savage Landor

“You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.”

— Eric Hoffer

“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.”

— Albert Camus

The Secret of Happiness

You don’t have to climb a mountain and ask a guru about the secret of happiness (although that could be fun.)  You can gain deep insights from some of the various happiness quotes:

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”

— Benjamin Disraeli

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -because we will always want to have something else or something more.”

— Brother David Steindl-Rast

“Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.”

-– Aristotle

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”

— Helen Keller

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”

-– Buddha

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”

— John Barrymore

“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

“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.”

— W. Beran Wolfe

“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.”

— Margaret Bonnano

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

— Helen Keller

“My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?”

— Charles Schulz

“Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.”

-– Unknown

“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.”

— Ramona L. Anderson

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

— Thich Nhat Hanh

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

— Albert Schweitzer

“That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

“The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.”

— Dalai Lama

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.”

-– Unknown

“The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realization of the world in which we live.”

— Bertrand Russell

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

— William Saroyan

“The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.”

— Martha Washington

“The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.”

— John Milton

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.”

— Alexandre Dumas

“To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content.”

-– Confucius

“What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.”

— Leo Buscaglia

General Quotes About Happiness

Here are some general quotes about happiness:

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”

— Herm Albright

“All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out.”

— Albert Camus

“All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.”

— Horace Friess

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.”

— Dalai Lama

“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 take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”

— Carl Jung

“Everyone smiles in the same language.”

-– Unknown

“Everyone wants to be happy and nobody wants to feel pain, but you can’t make rainbows without any rain.”

-– Unknown

“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.”

— Norman MacEwan

“Here we are the way politics ought to be in America; the politics of happiness, the politics of purpose and the politics of joy.”

— Hubert H. Humphrey

“I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.”

— John D. Rockefeller

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.”

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I think I’m afraid to be happy, because whenever I get too happy, something bad always happens.”

— Charlie Brown

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

— Marcel Proust

“Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

— Robert Heinlein

“One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.”

— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

— Mark Twain

“Smile -it makes people wonder what you’re thinking.”

-– Unknown

“Smile -tomorrow could be a lot worse.”

-– Unknown

“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?”

—  Henry David Thoreau

“The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.”

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The truth which has made us free will in the end make us glad also.”

— Felix Adler

“The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. 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. ”

— Carl Jung

“There is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.”

— Robert Louis Stevenson

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.”

— James M. Barrie

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

— Bertrand Russell

“What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness.”

— Baruch Spinoza

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.”

— Albert Camus

“Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.”

— Mark Twain

Help me find the best of the best happiness quotes.

What are your favorite quotes on happiness that lift you up through thick and through thin?

Photo by Philippe Put.

What kind of life do you want?

I say a happy one. Why not!

Many people believe that you're either born happy or you're not. I believe happiness is a choice -- that you have the ability to create real and lasting happiness for yourself.

We're always making choices and doing things to be happy - choosing what to eat, what clothes to wear, who to love, where to work. Some of our choices are good and others not but they're all based on our deep and impelling desire to be happy.

Certainly genetics, your personality and nature, plays an important part in your happiness.

Then life circumstances also affect your happiness such as upbringing, health and finances.

But the most vital element to being happy is choice. You can choose to be happy.

I worked at happiness

Your personal happiness has everything to do with the conscious choices and the sincere amount of work you put into living a good life; to flourish, thrive and to be joyful even while you may be living in painful and seemingly hopeless circumstances.

Growing up was not a happy time for me. My dad was alcoholic and my parents had an unhappy marriage. Most of the time I hated being at home so I found ways to counter my suffering. Studying acting and singing brought me tremendous joy and freedom. I was out rehearsing, working and learning with positive people; expressing myself and giving form to my feelings. My life had meaning and purpose and real rapture.

Looking back I clearly see that I chose to go after happiness and I had
happiness options. Meaning -- there were things I liked to do; was passionate about -- drawing, gardening, teaching, singing, performing - and choosing to do them helped me to like my life and to feel balanced.

My ability to make decisions, my choices to do specific things, made me feel good, glad, grateful, jubilant, optimistic, hopeful, inspired. Even while I felt stuck and sad at times I always liked setting goals and making plans to get away from negativity, to improve my life and to make my own happiness.

Gandhi perfectly describes the solid feeling of happiness I was building:

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

That's exactly what acting made me feel...that there was harmony in my life because what I was thinking, saying and doing all worked together and the hardships at home hardly hurt at all. I wasn't escaping from my family life I was simply doing what I could to be happy for myself. I was building new habits, patterns and routines of happiness. I was taking action to be happy and it seemed natural, organic and rewarding to do.

Sure we might be happy if we win the lottery and have an abundance of money or are very successful at doing something or find someone who understands and loves us but if those elements are not there, we only have ourselves to count on and to create our own happiness.

- If you're in an unhappy relationship you can choose to change it and that could mean getting out.

- If you hate your job you can make a choice to change it.

- If you want to be healthier that's another choice for personal happiness.

Happiness is up to you. Your choice. Your way.

Here's how to regain and build happiness

1. Think about a time in your life when you were really happy.

2. Why were you so happy? State the facts. Write them all down.

3. What were you doing that made for such confidence, personal excitement, peace and pleasure?

Be very specific about this time in your life because once you target that time and the exact reason or reasons why you were happy you can then recreate it... and be in harmony with what you thought... and said... and did.

As a Life and Career Coach I thrive at assisting people to figure out what they want to do with their lives and then to do it so they can be happy! Knowing your purpose, setting goals and intentions enables you to be blazingly free to live your life the way you want to. That will always make you happy.

* A coaching client recently told me, "... getting my masters in sociology made me so happy because I was committed to achieving it and caring for people and that's what I most want to do with my life...care for people."

* Another said, "... connecting people with each other and solving problems. I'm really good at it. That's when I'm happiest and 100 percent myself."

* And one more - "My happiest time was in college. I was dedicated to learning. I met my wife there and built friendships that have lasted for many years."

When you know the facts of what makes you happy you can choose to do the same things you love, choose to use your gifts and talents to be fully expressed and entirely yourself. Isn't that what happiness is about?

Happiness does take work. It takes steady practice. It's not just easy. Happiness is not something you can turn on in the midst of heart ache, profound worry or fear but at least you have the knowledge, the facts and the life experience to know what makes you happy and then you can create it, work at it and have it in your life always. I'm not saying ignore the real problems we all face in life but, think about what works well for you -- know what satisfies you -- do what gives you ultimate pleasure and practice it.

We all want to be happy. Why not make happiness a daily ritual? Choose happiness. Live it!

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

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