Happiness Quotes

These inspiring happiness quotes focus on the positive aspects of life — appreciating the things that we have and reminding us that we are not alone in our search for happiness.

We’ve collected some of the best happiness quotes from famous people, including philosophers, writers, and artists. Let their words motivate and inspire you in your quest for happiness!


    Best happiness quotes

    There are many different ways to find happiness. Some people find it through their relationships, their work, their hobbies, or their faith. Others find it in the simple things in life, like spending time in nature, helping others, or being creative.

    We’ve collected here some of the best happiness quotes and sayings for you to enjoy.

    ‘Happiness is’ quotes

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

    2.) Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.
    Steve Maraboli

    3.) Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
    Dalai Lama

    4.) Happiness is a warm puppy.
    Charles M. Schulz

    5.) Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.
    Valerie Bertinelli

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

    7.) Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
    Jim Rohn

    Happiness quotes

    Happiness quotes about love

    1.) To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.
    Mark Twain

    2.) Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
    Robert A. Heinlein

    3.) Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to glow externally.
    Hannah Bronfman

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

    About relationships

    5.) There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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

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

    About friendship

    8.) Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
    John Lennon

    Happiness quotes for work

    1.) The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
    James M. Barrie

    2.) Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    4.) Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
    Gerard Way

    5.) Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.
    Dale Carnegie

    About success

    6.) Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
    Dale Carnegie

    7.) Being happy is the greatest form of success.

    8.) 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.
    Dale Carnegie

    9.) Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy.
    Hannah Arendt

    10.) Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
    Helen Keller

    About money

    11.) 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

    12.) If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
    J.R.R. Tolkien

    Happiness quote by Louisa May Alcott

    Funny quotes about happiness

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

    2.) Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
    Mark Twain

    3.) Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
    George Burns

    4.) Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
    Oscar Wilde

    Cute sayings

    5.) I was happy as a clam. But who wants to be a clam?
    Michael J. Fox

    6.) When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
    Nora Ephron

    7.) Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
    Jaques Prevert

    Short happy quotes

    1.) Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
    Anne Frank

    2.) If you want to be happy, be.
    Leo Tolstoy

    3.) Happiness depends upon ourselves.

    4.) The only joy in the world is to begin.
    Cesare Pavese

    5.) One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.
    Iris Murdoch

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    Inspirational happiness quotes

    1.) I wake up every morning with a great desire to live joyfully.
    Anna Howard Shaw

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

    3.) Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.
    Marcus Aurelius

    4.) It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis.
    Margaret Bonanno

    5.) There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

    6.) Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.
    Oprah Winfrey

    Motivational sayings

    7.) 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

    8.) No medicine cures what happiness cannot.
    Gabriel García Márquez

    9.) Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.
    Ralph Marston

    10.) Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.
    Joel Osteen

    About hope

    11.) Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.
    Pearl S. Buck

    12.) 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.
    Tom Bodett

    13.) If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
    Norman Vincent Peale

    About kindness

    14.) Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Uplifting sayings

    15.) The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
    Thich Nhat Hanh

    16.) The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
    Ashley Montagu

    The path to happiness quote

    Happiness FAQ:

    What does it mean to be happy?

    Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment. It is a feeling of joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment. Happiness is important because it has a positive impact on our physical and mental health. Studies have shown that happy people are more likely to live longer, have stronger immune systems, and be less likely to have depression and anxiety.

    How do I find happiness?

    Happiness is a journey, not a destination. It is something that we must work at every day. Happiness quotes can be a helpful tool on our journey to happiness. They can remind us of the importance of gratitude, optimism, and self-love. They can also inspire us to live our lives to the fullest.

    Spiritual happiness quotes

    1.) 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.
    Marcus Aurelius

    2.) It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
    Chuck Palahniuk

    3.) 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

    4.) If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
    Dalai Lama

    5.) But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
    Albert Camus

    6.) Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
    Marcel Proust

    Deep sayings

    7.) Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.

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

    9.) You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
    Jonathan Safran Foer

    Zen quote

    10.) There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path.

    Happiness quotes for life

    1.) The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.
    Louisa May Alcott

    2.) No matter what’s happening, choose to be happy. Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Find something positive in your life. Thank God for the small things.
    Joel Osteen

    3.) If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.
    Roy T. Bennett

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

    5.) The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
    Henry Ward Beecher

    6.) The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters.
    Audrey Hepburn

    To live by

    7.) Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.
    Roy T. Bennett

    8.) Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.
    Carrie Underwood

    9.) 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

    10.) Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.
    Roy T. Bennett

    11.) 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 opened for us.
    Helen Keller

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    Happy quotes for kids and students

    1.) Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    2.) I am happy. I am very happy. This morning when I woke up I felt good because the sun was shining. I felt good because I was a frog. And I felt good because I have you as a friend.
    Arnold Lobel, Days with Frog and Toad

    Buddha happiness quote

    Famous happiness quotes

    1.) Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
    Abraham Lincoln

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

    3.) Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
    Ernest Hemingway

    4.) Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasure that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.
    Benjamin Franklin

    5.) Happiness is not a goal… it’s a by-product of a life well lived.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    From authors and books

    6.) I would always rather be happy than dignified.
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

    7.) I’d far rather be happy than right any day.
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    8.) I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

    9.) I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    From famous philosophers

    10.) Happiness is a state of activity.

    11.) Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

    12.) Whatever creates or increases happiness or some part of happiness, we ought to do; whatever destroys or hampers happiness, or gives rise to its opposite, we ought not to do.

    From proverbs

    13.) Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.
    African proverb

    14.) Where there is love, there is happiness.
    Polish proverb

    15.) Real happiness consists in making others happy.
    Hindu proverbs

    16.)Into the house where joy lives, happiness will gladly come.
    Japanese proverb

    17.) Better an ounce of happiness than a pound of gold.
    Yiddish proverb

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    We hope you enjoyed reading these happiness quotes and that they inspire you in a small way to find more happiness in your own life. Remember, happiness is a choice. Choose to be happy today!

    By Greg Johnson | Published 5/3/2023