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100+ Happiness Quotes and Sayings That Will Make You Smile

Written by QuotesLyfe | Updated on: January 29, 2021


100+ Happiness Quotes and Sayings That Will Make You Smile

Check these best happiness quotes and sayings to understand the true meaning of feel-good. Hope these famous Be Happy quotes will help you add some extra smile to your day.

Happiness is an emotion or feeling which is very momentary for us. Though the definition of happiness is not found anywhere, we as humans can understand the concept of happiness, and it is a very subjective feeling. Everyone has their ways of being happy and differs from person to person. In positive psychology, happiness is a separate concept which defines it as a concept which is a feeling that comes under positive emotions. In life, happiness is the most overrated aspect that people are always searching for. The following are a few popular quotes on happiness quoted by famous personalities in this world.

The secret of happiness is something to do.~ John Burroughs

Happiness is attained only when we do something fruitful out of our lives. Different things bring happiness to people like reading a book, playing in the water, therefore it is a subjective feeling.

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity.~ Rollo May

There is a slight difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is contentment and joy is a selfless feeling which comes out of personal sacrifice. Attaining joy, attaining happiness must be the ultimate goal of humans.

It's enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back.~ Adrian Grenier

When people say happiness is an inside job, everyone thinks it comes only out of selfishness. True happiness comes only when one helps other humans and even animals.

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

In the process of striving for happiness, we encounter several obstacles. Pain, which is a dominating negative emotion and boredom, both are those obstacles.

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.~ Alexandre Dumas

There are many impediments a person has to conquer to find their happiness. These obstacles are compared to dragons in fairy tales and happiness can be attained only when we fight it like a prince or a princess.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~ Benjamin Franklin

We live in a democratic world where we have the freedom of speech, right, and the choice to pick things that will give us happiness. However, it is up to us to do it at the right time.

Happiness will come from materialism, not from meaning. ~ Andrei Platonov

Living in a materialistic society, this quote can be relatable for many of them as they believe that things like money, land etc. will get them happiness. Materialism can give some pleasure. However, it is not the same for all.

Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others. ~ Henry Drummond

Happiness can be obtained in different ways, and one way to attain it is by helping others. Helping others in the time of need is something that will be relished forever and might mean so much to them. It can be either materialistic, spiritual or even emotional at times.

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice. ~ Ben Jonson

Friends are an integral part of our life, and when we are with our friends, our true colours come out. They show us what happiness means, and it doesn't come from having many friends but having fewer friends who are worthy of your time and energy.

Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates. ~ Sarah McLachlan

Happiness is something that has to be experienced and enjoyed at the moment. If we keep contemplating and pondering upon the fact of how you are in a happy place and how to keep it permanent, the happiness will disappear and leave you at once.

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. ~ Albert Schweitzer

Happiness depends on several things, and one's good health is essential. Maintaining good health ensures your physical, emotional and spiritual self will be happy and buoyant. A bad memory helps as well, as we will not remember any adverse events.

Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference. ~ Naval Ravikant

One of the most important aspects and part of life, which as humans we crave for is peace which is the ultimate solace anyone can attain. If a person is peaceful, then they will be happy and content. Peace, however, will be attained only if a person is apathetic.

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. ~ Mark Twain

Remaining sane in this fast-paced world is very difficult, but with sanity comes happiness. Sanity and happiness go hand-in-hand as we have to keep ourselves sane with which happiness tags along and comes easily.

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. ~ Gustave Flaubert

Being healthy is very essential to be happy, and being selfish is equally crucial. Being self-centred is a way to get happiness but above all stupidity here refers to being childlike and displaying innocence.

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. ~ Lady Blessington

Happiness and smiling give a separate glow and beauty to a person, and it will be the best cosmetic product to wear for any person. Being happy reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the face and keeps a person young. They will automatically look appealing and attractive.

I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy. ~ Allen J. Lefferdink

Happiness can be obtained anywhere in any situation. However, the degree of happiness might vary from one person to another and from one circumstance to another. It is not very easy to become hysterically happy, but it is not very difficult too.

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it. ~ William Feather

Finding happiness is not an easy job, but people easily miss it out for several reasons. Only a few have mastered the technique of keeping happiness with themselves after finding as they never lose sight of it.

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

At some time of adversity, we must have the capacity to bounce back from the situation, which is called resilience. Crying, forgiving, mourning, learning and moving on are the correct steps in the process of stability which sows the seed of happiness for us to reap in the future.

The greatest secret to happiness and peace is letting every life situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be. Then, make the very best of it. ~ Thibaut

In our life, we are taught since our childhood to control things and mould the situations as we want. The controlling mentality was embedded into our brains for so long now that it is difficult to accept natural situations. Therefore we must also learn the art of letting go.

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. ~ Andrew Carnegie

The law of attraction, which is a part of spirituality helps a person very much to attain what they desire and want deeply from their heart. Accurate goal setting will help us spread energy, which helps us attain what we want apart from happiness.

People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat – that's the only moral they know. ~ Dany Laferrière

Anything that comes easily will not have much of a value and will be looked down upon by all. Hard work and dedication, perseverance, and motivation are the only formulae that works to attain happiness.

Life only comes around once, so do whatever makes you happy, and be with whoever makes you smile. ~ Unknown

We are born as a human on this planet only for a reason, and it is something that happens very rarely. We must celebrate it and savour every second we live here as a human with happiness and spread happiness to all in every way possible.

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

In life, we always have certain things to attain and achieve. To achieve them, we have to make sure we risk many things that come our way because victory comes with risking and giving up quite a lot. True happiness too, can be found only when we are open to being vulnerable.

So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? ~ Hunter S. Thompson

Even though the definition of happiness varies from one person to another, everyone does have an overall understanding that it can be attained through courage, hard work and perseverance only. Sufferings do come with happiness at the end of the day.

Happiness: A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Daily Crescent

Here in this quote, happiness is described as a butterfly which when we chase doesn't respect us and keeps flying away. However, when we sit down in peace and relax, letting go of control, the butterfly, that is happiness, comes and lands silently on you.

It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life. ~ Henrik Ibsen

In the current modern society, we live with several different restrictions and therefore, we tend to be rebellious. When you are rebellious, you will automatically long for happiness, and your goal will be to march towards it.

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to having it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbour — such is my idea of happiness. ~ Leo Tolstoy

The definition of happiness and what makes anyone happy might be a simple formula to a very complicated definition which varies from one person to another. Overall things and some abstract ideas like music, books, a peaceful sleep, love, nature, etc. are considered to give us happiness.

Happiness does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness. ~ David Steindl-Rast

Counting our blessings is known as gratitude, and it makes us realise we are blessed to some extent. Gratitude makes us feel happy and fulfilled, and it is not the other way around.

What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

The feeling of happiness is described as something called power which grows against the resistance we face in life.

I'm happy. Which often looks crazy. ~ David Henry Hwang

The interpretation of happiness and how we express it to people might vary greatly from one person to another. But for most people, they express it in a very crazy manner which is also fun.

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

Achieving something we want is not an easy job, and it might at times, require quite a lot of hard work and creativity. Such an achievement will bring happiness to a person.

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. ~ Unknown

As a human, we are at the top of the food chain with seven senses. We can control the maximum things around us, and we have something called freedom. When we do something out of our own will then we tend to love it as we are passionate about it. Happiness can be found in such a situation by anyone.

Whoever is happy will make others happy. ~ Anne Frank

Happiness is a form of a very infectious disease just like the pandemic caused by the CoronaVirus. If a person is filled with either a positive emotion like happiness, gratitude or a negative emotion like vengeance, revenge, they tend to spread it immediately. Therefore if a person is happy, they will spread happiness around them.

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

Acceptance, along with gratefulness and positivity, is a lesson that has to be learned by the people. Accepting things as it is is an intelligent way to deal with all emotions and events with which happiness and gratefulness come along.

No medicine cures what happiness cannot. ~ Gabriel García Márquez

Health-related problems including physical issues like cardiovascular diseases, mental health issues like depression and emotional health issues like anxiety disorders can be cured with just one medicine called happiness.

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

Anger and sadness are two exact opposite emotions of happiness, and Emerson points out that anger and sadness make a person look old, tired. Apart from that, it will also make a person lose happiness and peace of mind and bouncing from adversity will take quite some time.

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. ~ Helen Keller

Everyone is born in this world with a purpose, and most of them die even before finding what it is as they become very invested in the materialistic aspect of life. Helen Keller strongly believes that only if one finds their purpose to live, they will attain true happiness.

If you aren't grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more. ~ Roy T. Bennett

Gratefulness and happiness are two positive emotions which go hand in hand. A person can be happy only if he or she is grateful for what they have at the moment. Without gratefulness, happiness cannot be found anywhere.

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. ~ Guillaume Apollinaire

We do certain things like earning loads of money, buying land, investing in share markets, gold, etc. and we call it as our personal pursuit of happiness. These things might not give us happiness even if it is called pursuit of happiness. Therefore, it is important to pause a few moments and be happy now and then.

Happiness is acceptance. ~ Unknown

At the end of the day, life is just a series of events, and it is just how we react to it at certain times and important moments. If we accept all things that come our way, including happy moments, sadness and remorse days, happiness will automatically find its way to us.

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

Love and happiness are two essential positive emotions which come easy when we fall in love and love someone unconditionally. Happiness also touches us like a cool breeze and caresses us if someone loves us and cares deeply about us.

I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve. ~ Jane Austen

People must learn several things and be content is something they have in their hands. Many things we do not have will be yearning for it as we compare ourselves with others. Therefore, it is important to be content with what we have, which will make us happy.

Happiness is not out there, it's in you.~ Unknown

The definition of happiness depends from one person to another, and always at times of need, we tend to search for happiness outside ourselves. However, it is essential to remember that happiness is an inside job.

All happiness depends on courage and work.~ Honoré de Balzac

There are many ways to attain happiness, and one of the best ways to be courageous. If you are courageous doing what you want to, it will give you an adrenaline rush which enviably makes one happy.

There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness. ~ Unknown

Happiness is a temporary feeling, and we must do it to the maximum. The momentary nature of happiness must be enjoyed and savoured instead of pondering on happiness and the source of happiness.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. ~ Charles Spurgeon

There are many situations where we think our happiness is based on money and other materialistic things in our life. However, most happiness is based on how we enjoy and experience things.

Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things. ~ Maxime Lagacé

Many assume and think that they can become happy and attain happiness. They must do fun things which will give them a thrill. However, doing meaningful things like helping the needy, animals, charity, will also provide a person with complete satisfaction and happiness.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.~ Omar Khayyam

Many of them struggle to live in the moment and people tend to remain stuck in the past or live in the future as they keep planning what they want. However, happiness can be attained only when you enjoy and savour the present life moment.

Don't let the silly little things steal your happiness.~ Unknown

There will be many moments in your life where you will doubt your self-worth and contemplation will make one sad. These are silly little things which will cloud one's eyes and not let them count their blessings. One must avoid all circumstances.

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.~ James Oppenheim

Happiness varies from one person to another, and a foolish person often finds happiness from the outer world in materialistic things. On the other hand, a wise person grounds his happiness in the natural world in spiritual things.

Overall, these are few eye-catching and mesmerising quotes about happiness that catch our eyes and impact every time we read them. Happiness is, therefore, an abstract idea in which we depend on quite a lot.


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