Happiness Quotes- 88 to Inspire You

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Happiness is the most important aspect of life. It’s what makes us feel good and keeps us motivated to keep living our best lives.

When we are happy, it shows in our faces, our voices, and how we carry ourselves. So why not make happiness a priority? There are many ways you can do this- from reading inspirational quotes, finding our purpose, to taking up hobbies that bring you joy, find what makes YOU happy.

In this blog post, I’ve compiled 88 happiness quotes, some with pin-able images, emphasizing positivity to help give you some inspiration when life gets tough!

Happiness quotes to live your best life
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“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

“Happiness is when your reality matches your dreams.” – Aaliyah

“Be happy because life is beautiful, smile because it happened.” – Unknown

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

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” – Albert Camus

“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 month – get married. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else” – Chinese Proverb

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”- Henry Ward Beecher

“Happiness is a choice. It’s all about how we look at the present and future.” – Unknown

Letting go of your old life and into a happy life

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become ” – Carl Jung

“It’s so easy to be grateful for the good things that surround us every day. I am most thankful for my eyesight…we should all try to appreciate the things that we take for granted.” – Audrey Hepburn

“It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells who you are.” – Unknown

“Happiness is like a kiss; you must share it to enjoy it.” – Bernard Meltzer

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“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions; it is governed by our mental attitude.” – Dale Carnegie

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least have the most.” – Wayne Dyer

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your idea, but it’s a disaster to have no ideas whatsoever.” – Malcolm Forbes

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“Happiness does not depend upon what you are doing or who you are with; it solely relies on what you think.” – Buddha

“You don’t need anyone to complete you; you are already whole and perfect, just as you are right now in this moment…and once we fully understand that, our whole life changes.” – Byron Katie

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” Aldous Huxley

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“To live is like to love – all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it. – Samuel Butler

“People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least have the most.” – Wayne Dyer

“Life isn’t about waiting for storms to pass…It’s about learning how to dance in rain!” – Vivian Greene

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

 “The happiness we feel in life depends on what we expect from it after all, joy can be present even in sorrowful moments- if one looks for it.” Romain Rolland

 “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. In other words, no matter how bad things are right now…they’ll change eventually, so don’t ever give up hope; there’s goodness ahead!- Unknown

 “One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.” Hermann Hesse

 “You don’t need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait…do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you unmasked, it has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet

 “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost so that we may become more than we are.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 “We will get nowhere unless we see our own problems as a springboard for finding solutions and not something with which we can continue to occupy ourselves fruitlessly.” – Stephen Covey

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 “When one door closes another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

“Happiness comes when your work becomes an obsession. The time you spend working is the time you steal from your life. You trade a moment of joy for an endless string of days filled with tedium.” – Catherina Zenn

 “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle

 “The happiness we feel is dependent on what we expect to feel; and our expectations are often determined by those who surround us, as well as by our own outlook on life.” – Anthony Robbins

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde

  “I have found that amongst its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” Maya Angelou

 “The path to your own happiness is usually found in service to others. For me helping someone else always elevates my spirits immeasurably more than focusing on myself ever could!” Lazar Kuntsmann

Learning how to be happy takes work and steps. You must align your attitude to match your other aspects in life. Attitude and your mind are the keys to happiness

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

 “So I am grateful to my father for giving me this gift- the knowledge that happiness is something one generates oneself…by taking full possession of his or her life– by living fully in the present moment within a framework of meaning defined by whatever moral and spiritual beliefs happen to be most important to him or her.” Viktor Frankl

 “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” Abraham Lincoln

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” – Lucille Ball

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 “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

 “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu

 “Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.” Annie Dillard

“Happiness is an attitude.” – Joy Bennett

“We decide which meaning we give things based on our experiences and expectations about how they should be, rather than how they actually are…we see ourselves as victims because that’s easier than taking responsibility for how we interpret things.” – Michael Singer

 “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” C.S Lewis

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” George Orwell

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure their censure; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing!” George Bernard Shaw

“Happiness only real when shared” Christopher McCandless

 “I am determined not merely to survive, but also to thrive…to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage, honor, and decency to accept the love offered me.” Maya Angelou

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” –Jon Kabat-Zinn

“The only thing that causes unhappiness is being continually dissatisfied with what we have already got!” – Peter McWilliams

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” John Gunther

“Happiness is an inside job.” – Robert Holden

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

“Life has no limitations except the ones you make” Les Brown

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great.” John D. Rockefeller

 “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” – Andy Dufresne

Quotes on happiness and life

 “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” Jordan Belfort

“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing then we truly live life.” Greg Anderson

“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” –Toni Morrison

“Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you think.” –David Joseph Schwartz

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

“The secret to happiness is gratitude.” – Hugh Jackman

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance. If you reject anything, you open yourself up for sorrow and pain; if you accept everything then joy becomes possible.” George Orwell

 “The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.” Benjamin Disraeli

“Happiness does not depend on what we have, but on how we feel toward what we have!” Epicurus

 “Be happy with whatever you’ve got.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” Paulo Coelho

Happiness is a state of mind, not what you have

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

“Happiness is a function of accepting what is. Werner Erhard

“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

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

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

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” -Abraham Lincoln

“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

“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.” -Roy T. Bennett

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