60 Quotes About Happiness0

In the article “Some Key Differences between a Happy Life and a Meaningful Life”, Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs, Jennifer L. Aaker, Emily N. Garbinsky defined happiness as follows:

“Happiness is generally defined as subjective well-being, which is to say, an experiential state that contains a globally positive affective tone. It may be narrowly or broadly focused: A person may be happy to have found a lost shoe, happy that the war is over, or happy to be having a good life.”

In her book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown wrote, “(Research) participants described happiness as an emotion that’s connected to circumstances.”

Let’s look at what other great thinkers and authors have to say about happiness.

60 Quotes About Happiness

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quotes about happiness

Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness. Christian Dior

happiness is like a cat

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 no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap. William J. Bennett

happiness is a feeling

Happiness is a feeling. Happiness is fleeting, dependent on the moment, the circumstances, even the weather. Kelly Long

thomas masson quote on happiness

Happiness is the feeling we experience when we are too busy to be miserable. Thomas L. Masson

happiness the feeling when we solve problem

Happiness is the feeling we get when we solve problems. Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval

happiness is an attitude

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

happiness the experience of joy

I use the term happiness to refer to the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile. Sonja Lyubomirsky

happines is like first day of honeymoon

Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation. Leo Tolstoy

Why are People Unhappy?

Let’s look at the reasons.

people are unhappy because they dont recognize happiness

Happiness is within the reach of everyone, rich or poor. Yet comparatively few people are happy. I believe the reason for this is that the majority don’t recognize happiness even when it is within their grasp. Robert Baden-Powell

unhappiness caused by looking at the past and future

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. Marcel Pagnol


Self-pity is an acid which eats holes in happiness. Earl Nightingale

pain and boredom enemies of happiness

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. Arthur Schopenhauer

unhappiness caused by remembering bad things

Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us. W. N. Rieger

you got to move on to be happy

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

happiness is somewhere else

Beware of destination addiction… a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are. Robert Holden

anger causes unhappiness

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

to feel happy look at an opened door

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 that has been opened for us. Helen Keller

happiness is appreciating what we have

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. Frederick Keonig

feelings of happiness will slip away no matter how we hold onto

Like all human emotions, feelings of happiness don’t last. No matter how hard we try to hold on to them, they slip away every time. Russ Harris

when looking back we realize we had been happy

Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it we do suddenly realize — sometimes with astonishment — how happy we had been. Nikos Kazantzakis

setting conditions wont make you happy

Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don’t set any condition. Arthur Rubinstein

happiness is balanced with sadness

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

The Keys and Secrets to Happiness – How to Be Happy or Happier

happiness is liking what one does

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

secret of a happy life

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

count your blessings

The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles. William Penn

key to happiness is overcoming obstacles

It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles; that’s the key to happiness. Herbie Hancock

key to happiness be your best self

The key to happiness is not to make yourself into a different person; it is to let yourself be even more of who you really are. Robert Holden

want to be happy be healthy

Happiness lies, first of all, in health. George William Curtis

feeding your mind critical to happiness

How you feed your mind is every bit as critical to your happiness as how you feed your body. Jeff Olson

happiness and the pareto principle

80 per cent of happiness is experienced in 20 per cent of life; and 80 per cent of time contributes only 20 per cent of happiness. Richard Koch

cornerstone of happiness

The cornerstone of happiness is accepting yourself as a worthy human being. Maxwell Maltz

if you want happiness

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 year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else. Chinese Proverb

three essentials to happiness

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

perfect happiness is the little things that make happy moments

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. Sharon Draper

let yourself be happy

Happiness comes in many forms — in the company of good friends, in the feeling you get when you make someone else’s dream come true, or in the promise of hope renewed. It’s okay to let yourself be happy because you never know how fleeting that happiness might be. Lucas Scott

to become happier snap out of the trance

To become happier we have to snap out of the trance that our happiness rests in “more and better” which we’ll get “someday.” No matter what we have, Happy for No Reason exists only now, not later. Marci Shimoff

pursuit of happiness

It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish. Robert Herrick

friendship improves happiness

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

be happy on purpose

If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have. Joel Osteen

requirement for happiness

How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. … All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart. Nikos Kazantzakis

to be happy enjoy the journey

Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak. Tal Ben-Shahar

what encourages you to be happy

Nothing in the world can make you happy; everything in the world can encourage you to be happy. Robert Holden

to be happy choose gratitude

If we choose gratitude, we will be happy. Barry Neil Kaufman

happiness the capacity to feel enjoy and risk

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. Storm Jameson

passion and happiness

The greatest happiness comes from being vitally interested in something that excites all your energies. Walter Annenberg

to be happy expand your horizon and experiences

Happiness comes to those who deliberately expand their horizons and experiences. Jim Rohn

genuine happiness

Genuine happiness comes from within, and often it comes in spontaneous feelings of joy. Andrew Weil

to be happy love and be loved

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. George Sand

growth contains the germ of happiness

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. Pearl S. Buck

positivity increases happiness

If you look outwards and inwards through lens brightened by positivity you’ll find much to be happy and appreciative about. Henrik Edberg

say yes to happiness

Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no to the things and people that stress you out. Thema Davis

what determines happiness in life

What often determines our happiness in life is the step we take after a setback. John Izzo

be happier live in the here and now

It is possible to live happily in the here and the now. So many conditions of happiness are available – more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more. Thich Nhat Hanh

dont give up on happiness

Don’t give up your now happiness, thinking it will all be better – tomorrow. It hasn’t – and it won’t. Now is it! It’s all you’ve got – ever. Postponed happiness may be lost happiness. Ken Keyes. Jr,

dont make happiness and object of pursuit

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it. Nathaniel Hawthorne

success causes happiness

Happiness doesn’t just flow from success; it actually causes it. Richard Wiseman

What It’s Like to Feel Happy

the feeling of happiness

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

success revolves around happiness

When we are happy – when our mindset and mood are positive – we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful. Happiness is the center, and success revolves around it. Shawn Achor

happiness a goal worth striving for

When you’re happy you find pure joy in your life. There are no regrets in this state of happiness – and that’s a goal worth striving for in all areas of your life. Suze Orman

being happy engrosses attention

When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention. E. F. Benson

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