A child laughs in happiness as water from a fountain drizzles on him.
A child laughs in happiness as water from a fountain drizzles on him.
A child laughs in happiness as water from a fountain drizzles on him.

199 Quotes on Happiness That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

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Happiness, and the pursuit thereof, have long been the chief concern and occupation of humankind, the subject of our ceaseless attention, fascination, and indeed, frustration. Happiness has been sought both as an end, the ultimate goal of life, and as a means, the ultimate way of living.

Throughout history, numerous men and women – renowned, influential, and otherwise – have spent no small amount of pondering and philosophizing on happiness and how best to achieve it. Though many of them are now long gone, their valuable insights and personal discoveries are immortalized in the form of pithy quotes.

I will never stop being in love with quotes. Quotes are magical. How so few words, when chosen cleverly and put together skillfully, could convey so much meaning is remarkable. How pithy sayings could impart the wisdom of many years is awe-inspiring. How certain turns of phrase could so easily move us to laughter, to tears, or to overdue action, is altogether beautiful.

Quotes are powerful. They could evoke enduring images, thoughts, or memories; or tap into our well of emotions. They could stir our minds, kindle our hearts, and rouse our souls almost with little difficulty.

Quotes are timeless. They endure even if their authors are long gone, the immortal words of mortal beings. Seldom do they lose their appeal, and more so their meaning. Quotes will always be useful so long as there is a need for insight and inspiration.

Here is a compilation of some of the most meaningful and inspiring quotes on happiness. You’ll find that some will make you scratch your head, or make you raise an eyebrow, but all are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

  1. “A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.” Bertrand Russell 
  1. “A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning.” Lillian Gish 
  1. “A mathematical formula for happiness: Reality divided by Expectations. There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.” Jodi Picoult 
  1. “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
  1. “A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” Tom Wilson 
  1. “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” Albert Einstein 
  1. “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.” Ayn Rand 
  1. “Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.” Aldous Huxley
  1. “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” C. S. Lewis 
  1. “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” John Gunther

An adorable kid wearing a hat and hugging a plushy smiles and laughs for the camera.

  1. “All happiness depends on courage and work.” Honoré de Balzac
  1. “Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life.” Roy T. Bennett 
  1. “At the end of the day, you are in control of your own happiness. Life is going to happen whether you overthink it, overstress it or not. Just experience life and be happy along the way. You can’t control everything in your life, but you can control your happiness.” Holly Holm
  1. “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” Roy T. Bennett 
  1. “Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” Colette 
  1. “Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.” William Gladstone
  1. “Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” Roy T. Bennett
  1. “Being happy is not the only happiness.” Alice Walker 
  1. “Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.” Harold Kushner 
  1. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” John Lennon

A group of happy kids sit and play upon the grass on a fine morning.

  1. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” Steve Maraboli
  1. “Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.” Bryant McGill 
  1. “Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” Henri Matisse 
  1. “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” Frank Tyger
  1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
  1. “Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.” Roy T. Bennett 
  1. “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” Roy T. Bennett 
  1. “Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.” John Maxwell 
  1. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Abraham Lincoln
  1. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two female friends celebrate happiness and friendship by throwing autumn leaves into the air.

  1. “For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh 
  1. “Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.” Albert Schweitzer 
  1. “Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.” Gordon B. Hinckley
  1. “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” George Washington
  1. “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” George Orwell 
  1. “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
  1. “Happiness… consists in giving, and in serving others.” Henry Drummond 
  1. “Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.” Marguerite Gardiner
  1. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle 
  1. “Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” Theodore Isaac Rubin

A beautiful woman in a red sweater radiates happiness as she smiles for the camera.

  1. “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” Dale Carnegie 
  1. “Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.” Douglas William Jerrold 
  1. “Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.” John Harrigan
  1. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” Ernest Hemingway 
  1. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
  1. “Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.” Valerie Bertinelli 
  1. “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” Charles Dickens
  1. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Charles M. Schulz 
  1. “Happiness is actually found in simple things, such as taking my nephew around the island by bicycle or seeing the stars at night. We go to coffee shops or see airplanes land at the airport.” Andrea Hirata 
  1. “Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.” Pat Conroy

Nothing says happiness than a group of kids at play with a rough-hewn cart.

  1. “Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.” J. Donald Walters
  1. “Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.” Dennis Prager 
  1. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” George Burns 
  1. “Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.” Orhan Pamuk
  1. “Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.” Sara McLachlan
  1. “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” Bernard Meltzer
  1. “Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.” Alexandre Dumas
  1. “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” Eleanor Roosevelt 
  1. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton 
  1. “Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.” Immanuel Kant

A quote on happiness by Douglas WIlliam Jerrold on a background of a campfire before a log cabin.

  1. “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama
  1. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” Jim Rohn 
  1. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” Steve Maraboli 
  1. “Happiness is only real when shared.” Christopher McCandless
  1. “Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” Ayn Rand
  1. “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.” Elizabeth Gilbert 
  1. “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Aristotle 
  1. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi
  1. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin Roosevelt 
  1. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” Robert Frost

A quote on happiness by Nathaniel Hawthorne on a background of a butterfly amidst pink flowers.

  1. “Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.” Adam Smith
  1. “Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” Walt Whitman 
  1. “Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” Charlotte Bronte 
  1. “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 
  1. “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” Democritus
  1. “Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.” Dada Vaswani
  1. “Hope
    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering ‘it will be happier’….”
    Alfred Lord Tennyson
  1. “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” Martha Washington
  1. “I’m happy. Which often looks like crazy.” David Henry Hwang
  1. “I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.” Alexandre Dumas

A quote on happiness by Charles Dickens on a background of a pair of hands holding a wrapped present.

  1. “I am very happy because I have conquered myself and not the world. I am very happy because I have loved the world and not myself.” Sri Chinmoy 
  1. “I’m a very positive person. My grandmother taught me that happiness is both a skill and a decision, and you are responsible for the outcome.” Helen McCrory 
  1. “I do believe that if you haven’t learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness.” Nana Mouskouri 
  1. “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” Brene Brown 
  1. “I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” Nikos Kazantzakis 
  1. “I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy.” Allen Lefferdink 
  1. “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” Jane Austen 
  1. “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 
  1. “I think and think and think, I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” Jonathan Safran Foer 
  1. “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” Douglas Adams

A quote on happiness by Orhan Pamux on a background of a mother holding her son in a tight embrace.

  1. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J. R. R. Tolkien 
  1. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama 
  1. “If you want to be happy, be.” Leo Tolstoy 
  1. “If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” Roy T. Bennett
  1. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” Andrew Carnegie 
  1. “If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.” Richard Bach 
  1. “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 
  1. “In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices.” James Faust 
  1. “Independence is happiness.” Susan Anthony 
  1. “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” Lucy Maud Montgomery

The silhouette of a man raising his hands in triumph and happiness and his tent.

  1. “It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  1. “It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.” Haruki Murakami 
  1. “It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.” Thomas Jefferson 
  1. “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” Charles Spurgeon
  1. “It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.” Denis Waitley 
  1. “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 
  1. “It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness.” Richard Branson 
  1. “It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” Sheryl Sandberg 
  1. “It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life.” Henrik Ibsen
  1. “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” Dalai Lama

An Asian kid training to be a monk smiles for the camera in happiness while reading a book.

  1. “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
  1. “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” Mother Teresa
  1. “Laughter is poison to fear.” George R. R. Martin
  1. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” Ayn Rand
  1. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” Mother Teresa
  1. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
  1. “Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.” George Sand
  1. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Robert A. Heinlein
  1. “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
  1. “Maybe the truth is, there’s a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things.” Ann Brashares

A quote on happiness by Denis Waitley on a background of an old man laboring passionately in his craft.

  1. “Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” Immanuel Kant 
  1. “My definition of beauty is happiness. I believe that when you are happy, it shines through and makes you a more attractive and beautiful person!” Bianca Balti 
  1. “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” Michael Fox 
  1. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” Gabriel Garcia Márquez 
  1. “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” Guillaume Apollinaire
  1. “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” Bertrand Russell
  1. “On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.” William Inge 
  1. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” Rita Mae Brown
  1. “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” Maria Montessori 
  1. “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” Thomas Jefferson

An adorable little girl smiles in happiness for the camera.

  1. “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” Anton Chekhov 
  1. “People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.” Eckhart Tolle
  1. “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  1. “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
  1. “Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” Samuel Johnson
  1. “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
  1. “Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.” Dale Carnegie
  1. “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” Mark Twain 
  1. “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 Thompson
  1. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde

The silhouette of a group of friends displaying their happiness on a beach before the setting sun.

  1. “Some people think happiness is a luxury, but it’s a necessity. You need to make space for it in your life.” Christie Brinkley 
  1. “Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.” Roy T. Bennett 
  1.  “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dale Carnegie 
  1. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer 
  1. “Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.” Roy T. Bennett 
  1. “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” Friedrich Nietzsche 
  1. “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” Henry Ward Beecher 
  1. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” Mark Twain
  1. “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Benjamin Franklin 
  1. “The drive for happiness is vital; it’s what keeps us in motion.” Richard Gere

An adorable little Asian girl exudes happiness as she stands in the middle of a pavement and smiles for the camera.

  1. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” James Oppenheim
  1. “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” George Washington Burnap 
  1. “The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
  1. “The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” William Saroyan 
  1. “The groundwork of all happiness is health.” Leigh Hunt 
  1. “The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  1. “The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.” Paramahansa Yogananda
  1. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius
  1. “The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.” Plato 
  1. “The measure of success is happiness and peace of mind.” Bobby Davro

A quote on happiness by Sharon Drapes on a background of a child playing amongst the grass.

  1. “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” Ashley Montagu 
  1. “The most simple things can bring the most happiness.” Izabella Scorupco 
  1. “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” Robert Baden-Powell 
  1. “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” Chuck Palahniuk 
  1. “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” Carl Sandburg 
  1. “The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.” Daniel Gilbert 
  1. “The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” Thucydides 
  1. “The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.” Milan Kundera 
  1. “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris 
  1. “The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.” Arthur Schopenhauer

A quote on happiness by William Feather on a background of a balloon held aloft by a child before a lake aglow with the setting sun.

  1. “There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.” Lady Blessington 
  1. “There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.” Thich Nhat Hanh 
  1. “There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” Stephen Chbosky
  1. “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand 
  1. “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
  1. “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  1. “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 
  1. “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Joseph Addison 
  1. “Through a long and painful process, I’ve learned that happiness is an inside job – not based on anything or anyone in the outer material world. I’ve become a different and better person – not perfect, but still a work in progress.” Alana Stewart 
  1. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” Marthe Troly-Curtin

Two Southeast Asian kids delight in happiness as they play with water.

  1. “To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.” John Dewey 
  1. “True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.” Joseph Addison 
  1. “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery 
  1. “True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.” John Gardner
  1. “True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller 
  1. “True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca 
  1. “True success, true happiness lies in freedom and fulfillment.” Dada Vaswani 
  1. “Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start, go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I’ve learned, that’s the path to happiness.” Lesley Ann Warren 
  1. “We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.” Charles Bukowski
  1. “We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.” William James

A quote on happiness by Ashley Montagu on a background of kids gamboling on a field.

  1. “We experience happiness as a series of pleasing moments. They come and go like clouds, unpredictable, fleeting, and without responsibility to our desires. Through honest self-work, reflection, and meditation, we begin to string more of these moments together, creating a web-like design of happiness that drapes around our lives.” Tara Stiles 
  1. “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 
  1. “Whoever is happy will make others happy.” Anne Frank 
  1. “Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?” Jonathan Safran Foer 
  1. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” William Shakespeare 
  1. “You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.” Lauren Oliver 
  1. “You can only have bliss if you don’t chase it.” Henepola Gunaratana 
  1. “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” Albert Camus 
  1. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller

A quote on happiness by Buddha on a background of a statue of the Buddha himself surrounded by lit candles.

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