Happiness quotes and sayings about happiness, and self-help coaching to inspire happiness have the power to put you right on the ‘increase-your-happiness’ track.
Do you prefer that you be right, or that you be happy?
A Course in Miracles
We become more successful when we are happier and more positive.
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something outside ourselves.
Ethel Perry Andrus
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.
Henri Frederic Arniel
Happiness is living by inner purpose, not by outer pressures.
Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.
It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are... Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.
There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.
We need to set goals for ourselves. Start today…if you don’t have any goals, make your first goal getting some goals. You probably won’t start living happily ever after, but you may start living happily, purposefully, and with gratitude…Goals are gratitude in action. They give us the opportunity to build on what we already have. While achieving goals can be a lengthy process, we can learn to be grateful for each stage in the process of setting and meeting goals.
We learn in our guts, not just in our brain, that a life of joy is not in seeking happiness, but in experiencing and simply being the circumstances of our life as they are; not in fulfilling personal wants, but in fulfilling the needs of life…
Charlotte Joko Beck
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Henry Ward Beecher
While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
To be happy, drop the words 'if only' and substitute instead the words 'next time'.
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.
Growth itself has the germ of happiness.
Pearl S. Buck
Delight in mediation and solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker.
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
May everyone be happy and safe, and may their hearts be filled with joy.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.
Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism…confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
David M. Burns
The secret to happiness is something to do.
We don’t always know what makes us happy. We know, instead, what we think SHOULD. We are baffled and confused when our attempts at happiness fail…We are mute when it comes to naming accurately our own preferences, delights, gifts, talents. The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations. The tongue of the original self is the language of the heart.
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.
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.
Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.
Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful.
Happiness is being at peace, being with loved ones, being comfortable…but most of all, it’s having those loved ones.
We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.
That is happiness: to be dissolved into something completely great.
The more passions and desires one has, the more ways one has of being happy.
Listen to the clues. The next time you feel real joy, stop and think. Pay attention. Because joy is the universe’s way of knocking on your mind’s door. Hello in there. Is anyone home? Can I leave a message? Yes? Good! The message is that you are happy, and that means that you are in touch with your purpose.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.
Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everthing, you will be happiest.
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.
Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
James Freeman Clarke
Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. They you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Our business is to be happy.
The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than external factors. If you own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.
The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.
Marquis de Sade
If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
Man is unhappy because he doesn’t know he’s happy. If anyone finds out he’ll become happy at once.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.
The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts.
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
We all live with the objective of being happy, our lives are all different and yet the same.
Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run - in the long-run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.
There is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves. And there is nothing which brings us greater joy and happiness than to think, feel, and say what is ours.
Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.
John W. Gardner
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Happiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.
John Mason Good
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.
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.
Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Happiness is love, nothing else.
Happiness is a how; not a want. A talent, not an object.
I’m going to be happy. I’m going to skip. I’m going to be glad. I’m going to be easy. I’m going to count my blessings. I’m going to look for reasons to feel good. I’m going to dig up positive things from the past. I’m going to look for positive things where I stand. I’m going to look for positive things in the future. It is my natural state to be a happy person. It’s natural for me to love and to laugh. This is what is most natural for me. I am a happy person.
Your happiness is your gift to the world.
Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.
The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here.
Robert G. Ingersoll
I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
Forgiveness is the way to true health and happiness.
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.
True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invisible host against difficulties.
You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy
Happiness is experienced when your life gives you what you are willing to accept.
Ken Keyes, Jr.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
The air is like a butterfly with frail blue wings. The happy earth looks at the sky and sings…
The true American dream not only provides the freedom to use your gifts and talents to achieve your highest goal but also gives you the freedom to fulfill your purpose in life. You are meant to work in ways that suit you, drawing on your natural talents and gifts. This work, when you find it and commit to it -- even if only as a hobby -- is the key to happiness.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Success, happiness, peace of mind and fulfillment – the most priceless of human treasures – are available to all among us, without exception, who make things happen – who make ‘good’ things happen – in the world around them.
Happiness is in itself a kind of gratitude.
Joseph Wood Krutch
The happiest people I know are people who don’t even think about being happy. They just think about being good neighbors, good people. And then happiness sort of sneaks in the back window while they are busy doing good.
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Angels encourage us by guiding us onto a path that will lead to happiness and hope.
Success is how you collect your minutes. You spend millions of minutes to reach one triumph, one moment, then you spend maybe a thousand minutes enjoying it. If you were unhappy through those millions of minutes, what good is the thousand minutes of triumph? It doesn’t equate… Life is made of small pleasures. Good eye contact over the breakfast table with your wife. A moment of touching a friend. Happiness is made of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. If you don’t have all those zillions of tiny successes, the big ones don’t mean anything.
When I was 5 years old my mother 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 ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.
People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.
We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.
Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
Pour away despair and rinse the cup. Eat happiness like bread.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Paint as you like and die happy.
The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.
Francoise de Motteville
Acquire knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among our friends and an armor against enemies.
To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.
If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.
Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
When you’re happy you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics.
So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!
Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.
Norman Vincent Peale
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale
The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.
May your happiest days of the past be your saddest days of your future.
I’d rather be happy than right.
Peace, or freedom from conflict, is the absolute core of happiness. It is in learning to watch our sense of peace that we avoid unhappiness. All forms of misery are heralded by a frame of mind that must become immediately recognizable if we are ever to gain mastery in happiness...Take the time to look in your heart and be clear. Walk through life being clear. Practice doing each thing in peace.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
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 others.
You can never be happy at the expense of the happiness of others.
Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness - not pain or mindless self-indulgence - is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
Learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness.
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. They only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.
You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are…your simple presence can make others happy.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Come sit with me! Let us drink the holy wine of happiness.
Ever since happiness heard your name, it's been running through the streets trying to find you.
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
Happiness is a warm puppy.
Charles M. Schulz
Happiness is anyone and anything that's loved by you.
Charles M. Schulz
Our inner happiness depends not on what we experience, but on the degree of our gratitude to God, whatever the experience.
The truth is there is more than enough love, creative ideas, power, joy, happiness to go around.
Whether you are aware of them or not, whether you recognize them as spiritual or not, you probably have had the experiences of silence, or transcendence, or the Divine—a few seconds, a few minutes that seem out of time; a moment when the ordinary looks beautiful, glowing; a deep sense of being at peace, feeling happy for no reason. When these experiences come…believe in them. They reflect your true nature.
Everyone has unique gifts and talents. What you love is what you're gifted at. To be completely happy, to live a completely fulfilled life, you have to do what you love.
If God came in and said, I want you to be happy for the rest of your life, what would you do?
I live by this credo: Have a little laugh and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and be loved, is the greatest happiness of existence.
We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.
A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.
It is not how much we have but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
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
Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Contentment is a state of grace, a state of peace and happiness, appreciation and enjoyment for what is, right now. Desires, in contrast, can never be satisfied. Once we get what we crave, we soon find it less satisfying than we expected, so we strive for something else. The only escape from this perpetual wheel of want is to discover the contentment and perfection we already have.
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
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.
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
All happy families resemble on another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
If you want to be happy, be.
Joy can be real only if people look upon their lives as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
Happiness is the sense that one matters.
We can laugh from either joy or happiness, but we weep only from grief or joy…Without the pain of farewell, there is no joy in reunion…without the pain of captivity, we don't experience the joy of freedom.
I have decided to be happy because it’s good for one’s health.
The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.
Alexander Von Humboldt
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
Happiness is a spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
Every minute your mouth is turned down you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
Booker T. Washington
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition, and not our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.
They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
If you think there's something you need in order to be happy, then you believe in lack. Then believing you lack, you will create more lack.
The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
When people say they are looking for happiness, I ask, What are you giving to the world?
Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy.
No matter what you are doing, keep the undercurrent of happiness. Learn to be secretly happy within your heart in spite of all circumstances.
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