Happiness is the most important drive in our lives, yet we don’t really understand what happiness is or where we can find it. We try different scenarios, hoping that somehow we will stumble upon happiness, yet we are aware of how deceiving can be to seek it rationally.
The truth is that sometimes difficult questions have very simple answers. This might also be the case with happiness. These happiness quotes will give you some clever insights into what makes people happy.
1. On Living in the Moment
∞ Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. ~ Jim Rohn
∴ We tend to think of happiness as a goal we have to reach somewhere in the future, not as something we can achieve right now and right here. This way of thinking is what actually stops us from finding happiness in the present when the present offers us opportunities for happiness.
2. On Happiness and Success
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. ~ Albert Schweitzer
In our modern societies, a common belief is that happiness is something that comes only after we have achieved success. Successful people know that happiness precedes success. Enjoying your work and finding happiness in working for a goal makes one successful.
3. On Love
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. ~ George Sand
People search for happiness in many different ways, yet all would agree that the surest way to find happiness is to cultivate love. Sharing and receiving love make us happy but most of all, the happiness of love is profound and honest.
4. On Achieving Happiness
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Happiness is not really about reaching a certain goal or destination, but rather about enjoying the ride. Every new step towards our goal should make us happy and fulfilled. This type of happiness is not about excitement but about peace. It is a stable and lasting happiness.
5. On True Happiness
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Happiness is rarely about what we have or what we can produce. More important that what we have is our perception of it. True happiness comes from knowing how to see everything in a bright, positive light and to enjoy all the things that come our way.
6. On Perfection
Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. ~ Gerard Way
We always strive towards perfection and we deceive ourselves that happiness can only come from perfection. As a consequence, we miss happiness entirely. When we learn to see and accept imperfect things as they are we reach true happiness.
7. On Simple Happiness
A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose. ~ Tom Wilson
Happiness can be about great achievements but it can also be about simple things. Sometimes, all it takes to feel happy is to remind ourselves to smile and to meet the world with optimism and joy. By doing so, we find that happiness was always waiting for us.
8. On Creating Happiness
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. ~ Dalai Lama
Believing that happiness is something that awaits for us to find it somewhere in a distant future is a distorted way to think about life. Happiness is a product of our actions, decisions, and thoughts. It does not come to us from outside. It grows within us.
9. On Happy People
Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Egotistical and selfish people never know happiness. They confuse happiness with a fleeting feeling of satisfaction that instead of leaving them content, it makes them victims of new desires. People who are really happy know how to escape this trap by giving more to others, rather than thinking always about themselves.
10. On Harmony
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
A lasting happiness is not ecstatic. It is more similar to a feeling of peace and harmony that extends over our thoughts and actions. This is possible when our actions and our thoughts correspond to the deepest desires of our hearts.
11. On Potential and Happiness
True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents. ~ John W. Gardner
We are happy when we have the possibility to stay true to our inner selves, by using all our strengths, talents, and all our energy to work towards something that is meaningful to us. We cannot be happy when we know that our talents are wasted or ignored.
12. On Simple Pleasures
The most simple things can bring the most happiness. ~ Izabella Scorupco
Feelings of happiness are more common that we realize because we are always too focused on big goals or achievements to pay attention to the small details of life. Precisely these small things can bring a lot of happiness in our life, brightening our days.
13. On the Power of the Mind
Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives. ~ William Cobbett
We associate many feelings such as happiness or misery with the circumstances of our lives. However, these feelings are more connected with our thoughts and perception of things rather than with the things themselves. All we have to do is train our minds to look at things positively.
14. On the Secret of Happiness
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. ~ Carl Sandburg
Many people believe that fulfilling their desires would make them happy. Desiring is in contradiction, however, with real happiness. It is a trap that puts us in the rat race, always looking for the next thing while never allowing time to enjoy it. Real happiness manages to break the chain of desires.
15. On Growth
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. ~ Pearl S. Buck
Whenever we are in a state of growth and evolution we realize how easy it is to find happiness. Doing things that speak to our innermost selves and noticing the results makes us happy, in a very simple but sincere way. Happiness cannot occur when we stagnate in a place of comformity.
16. On Sharing Happiness
Happiness seems made to be shared. ~ Pierre Corneille
The worst thing that can happen to us when we are feeling happy is seeing that other people, including people we love, are miserable. Happiness loses its force when it is not shared with others or when it is kept in secret. Shared happiness, on the other side, becomes many times stronger.
17. On Finding Joy
There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy. ~ Joyce Grenfell
Pursuing happiness contradicts its own nature because happiness is something that arises in our lives naturally. The surest way to invite happiness in our lives is to learn how to discover joy in every moment. Cultivating joy is the first step towards achieving a lasting state of well-being.
18. On Coincidence
Happiness is always a coincidence. ~ Jose Bergamin
As much as we love to have a certain control on our lives, we cannot ever really control how happy we are or how long our happiness will last. Very often, we cannot even explain or understand the causes of our happiness. Happiness is irrational, that is why it can appear as a coincidence.
19. On Describing Happiness
I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness. ~ Ian K. Smith
By analyzing their past, people realize that their happiest moments where those when they were able to find both pleasure and meaning in their lives, and also those when they felt connected and engaged with the world. The most profound happiness is a combination of many other feelings.
20. On Enjoying Every Moment
True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. ~ Seneca
Happiness is a very unstable feeling. Whenever we lose the grip on the present moment and we start to think anxiously about the future or regretfully about the past we neglect the happiness that the present moment can bring us.
21. On Living a Spiritual Life
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley
Being happy is not only about accomplishing goals or feeling satisfied with our lives. A real feeling of happiness manifests as a spiritual experience that makes us open to other pure feelings such as love, gratitude, and compassion.
22. On Searching for Happiness
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. ~ Albert Camus
People tend to rationalize everything and to use their reason to explain and make sense of their lives. Feelings, however, escape our power of reasoning. The surest way to miss happiness is to try to define it or to analyze it. Happiness exists simply, following laws we don’t have access to.
23. On Being Happy
The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters. ~ Audrey Hepburn
Time passes so quickly and life makes us go through so many changes and unwanted circumstances that holding on to feelings seems impossible. Despite life’s unpredictability we have to hold on to our happiness because it is the most precious thing that gives texture to our lives.
24. On Connections
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust
Very often, happiness comes to us through other people. People who love us have the power to bring happiness in our lives and to teach us how to make ourselves happy. In the profound connection of love, happiness becomes possible.
25. On Being Unhappy
You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes. ~ Lauren Oliver
To be able to appreciate happiness to its full extent, we must also be familiar with unhappiness. Feelings are not possible outside this duality. As we travel from happiness to unhappiness, we learn why happiness is important.
26. On the Happiness Within
All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within. ~ Horace Friess
The best kind of happiness is that happiness that comes from within and colors our perception of life, making us open to beauty, love, and gratitude. People who feel happy deep within their hearts attract more happiness and they are able to hold on to it longer.
27. On Learning to Grow Happiness
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. ~ James Oppenheim
Happiness must grow from the present. When we seek it in distant goals or destinations we might miss it entirely. It is possible to find happiness simply by engaging with every moment and making the most of it. Every moment holds potential for happiness.
28. On Leading a Happy Life
The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~ Allan K. Chalmers
For happiness to appear in our lives, there must a certain synchronicity between our actions, thoughts, and desires. We need to find meaning in what we do and we need people in our lives. Most of all, we need to feel hope for the future.
29. On Attachments
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. ~ Albert Einstein
While happiness can come from people or things, it is wrong to attach our happiness to elements from outside, because in this situation we can be easily deceived or betrayed. A lasting happiness comes from the possibilities of our being.
30. On Accepting Yourself
Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have. ~ Zig Ziglar
Before hoping to be happy we must make sure that we are at peace with who we are. When we understand and accept ourselves we find the power to strive for happiness. Happiness is not related to what we have or what we want to have, but rather to how well we connect with our own hearts.
31. On Optimism and Happiness
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you. ~ Mary Lou Retton
Happiness cannot find a home in a heart that does not know acceptance, hope, and optimism. Staying positive attracts happiness and happiness easily becomes contagious. Happy people discover that good things keep coming to them.