117 Inspirational Happiness Quotes To Make You Feel Happy

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Happiness can be found, created and celebrated in many different ways and through many different viewpoints. Here are 117 inspirational happiness quotes to make you feel happy and create your own happiness.

Positive Quotes on Being Happy

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

“On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.” Eckhart Tolle

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

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

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” Mary Lou Retton

“Happiness is the experience of loving life. Being happy is being in love with that momentary experience. And love is looking at someone or even something and seeing the absolute best in him/her or it. Love is happiness with what you see. So love and happiness really are the same thing…just expressed differently.” Robert McPhillips

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
Albert Einstein

“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.” Maxim Gorky

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr

“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.” Brian Tracy

“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

“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 have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” Leo Tolstoy

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

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” Stacey Charter

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

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Eskimo Proverb

“Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.” Rose Lane

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” Groucho Marx

Inspirational Happiness Quotes

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“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

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ― John Lennon

“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. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” Carl Jung

“We avoid the things that we’re afraid of because we think there will be dire consequences if we confront them. But the truly dire consequences in our lives come from avoiding things that we need to learn about or discover.” Shakti Gawain

“In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.” Buddha

“There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.” Anthony de Mello

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“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” Joseph Campbell

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” Dr. Robert Anthony

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.” Dalai Lama

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer

Happiness Quotes About Life

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“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

“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.” Alan Cohen

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

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

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” Albert Ellis

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“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

“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

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

“Money doesn’t bring happiness and creativity. Your creativity and happiness brings money.” Sam Rosen

“The happiness of life is made up of the little charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” John Milton

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs–even though checkered by failure–than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.” Peter Hagerty

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

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Herman Cain

Quotes on Creating Happiness

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

“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

“Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.” Charles Caleb Colton

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” Morris West

“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” Milton Erickson

“Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.” Alain De Botton

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.” William Arthur Ward

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” Martha Washington

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“We can have peace if we let go of wanting to change the past and wanting to control the future.” Lester Levinson

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, then there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” Anne Frank

“True happiness…arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self.” Joseph Addison

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” Albert Clarke

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” Betty Smith

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“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney

“Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.” Unknown

“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.” Dale Carnegie

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

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

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

Short Happiness Quotes

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“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” Margaret Lee Runbeck

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz

“Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.” J. Petit Senn

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” ― Gabriel García Márquez

“If you want to be happy, be.” Leo Tolstoy

“Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.” Herman Hesse

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” Marcus Aurelius

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“Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things.” Maxime Lagacé

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” Buddha

“Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have.” Unknown

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dale Carnegie

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

“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.” Buddha

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“Do what you have always done and you’ll get what you have always got.” Sue Knight

“To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek.” Alan Cohen

“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time…serenity, that nothing is.” Thomas Szasz

“The grass is always greener where you water it.” Unknown

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” Douglas Adams

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” Lucille Ball

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” Dennis Waitley

“That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” Henry David Thoreau

“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.” Proverb

“The only joy in the world is to begin.” Cesare Pavese

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” Marthe Troly-Curtin

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde

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“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” Rita Mae Brown

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

“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.” Epictetus

“Happiness is a state of activity.” Aristotle

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

“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.” Epicurus

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

Quotes On Being Happy

anderson joy found in doing

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson

“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” Frank Tyger

“Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb

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

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

“Reflect upon you present blessings, of which every man has many–not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” Ayn Rand

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

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

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

“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

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” L.M. Montgomery

“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

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

“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

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