110 Happiness Quotes To Brighten Your Day

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Are you searching for a little boost of joy or a quick pick-me-up to brighten your day? Happiness can often seem like a fleeting or elusive concept, especially on days that feel more challenging than others. However, finding moments of joy might be closer and more accessible than you think.

This collection of 110 happiness quotes is a simple reminder that happiness can be found in various places, moments, and states of mind. Whether you need a gentle nudge to see the brighter side of life or are seeking inspiration to spread some cheer among those around you, these quotes are here to help.

Each one offers a unique perspective on happiness, from the wisdom of philosophers and writers to the insights of leaders and thinkers from all walks of life. So, if you’re looking for a little light to brighten your day or to share with someone else, you’re in the right place. These happiness quotes are a reminder that joy, laughter, and contentment are never too far away.

  1. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  2. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” – Chuck Palahniuk
  4. “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” – Carl Sandburg
  5. “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
  6. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain
  7. “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller
  8. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama
  9. “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck
  10. “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball
  11. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz
  12. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Maraboli
  13. “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
  14. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin
  15. “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
  16. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius
  17. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – William James
  18. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton
  19. “The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” – Richard Bach
  20. “Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.” – Unknown
  21. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” – Albert Camus
  22. “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
  23. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
  24. “Happiness is a direction, not a place.” – Sydney J. Harris
  25. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle
  26. “It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.” – Seneca
  27. “The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” – Carrie Jones
  28. “Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have.” – Unknown
  29. “True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self.” – Joseph Addison
  30. “Happiness is a state of activity.” – Aristotle
  31. “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris
  32. “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
  33. “Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Maraboli
  34. “A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.” – Mother Teresa
  35. “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.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  36. “The only joy in the world is to begin.” – Cesare Pavese
  37. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it’s something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn
  38. “The measure of success is happiness and peace of mind.” – Bobby Davro
  39. “Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.” – Albert Schweitzer
  40. “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  41. Happiness is not a goal; it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  42. “The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” – William Saroyan
  43. “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” – Frank Tyger
  44. “Happiness is a way station between too little and too much.” – Channing Pollock
  45. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
  46. “Happiness is the experience of loving life. Being happy is being in love with that momentary experience.” – Leo Tolstoy
  47. “Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular.” – Robert Frost
  48. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost
  49. “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
  50. “The secret to happiness is to love yourself.” – Unknown
  51. “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” – Charles Dickens
  52. “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” – George Orwell
  53. “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
  54. “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” – John Milton
  55. “Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” – Ayn Rand
  56. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” – Mark Twain
  57. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  58. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  59. “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” – Albert Einstein
  60. “Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.” – Deepak Chopra
  61. “Happiness is the art of learning how to get joy from your substance.” – Jim Rohn
  62. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, carried, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley
  63. “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” – James M. Barrie
  64. “Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.” – Napoleon Hill
  65. “Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.” – Ogden Nash
  66. “Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.” – Alice Meynell
  67. “Happiness is a well-balanced combination of love, labour, and luck.” – Mary Wilson Little
  68. “Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.” – Alexandre Dumas
  69. “The constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin
  70. “Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else.” – Dr. Idel Dreimer
  71. “Happiness is a function of accepting what is.” – Werner Erhard
  72. “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo
  73. “Happiness is when your life fulfills your needs.” – Nathaniel Branden
  74. “Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.” – Hosea Ballou
  75. “Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.” – Don Marquis
  76. “The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” – Epictetus
  77. “Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.” – Gretta Brooker Palmer
  78. “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
  79. “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” – Aeschylus
  80. “Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” – Unknown
  81. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” – Rita Mae Brown
  82. “Happiness is not something you acquire; love is something that acquires you.” – Alan Cohen
  83. “Happiness is seeing the smile on a child’s face as they look at you.” – Unknown
  84. “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell
  85. “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore
  86. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn
  87. “The greatest secret to happiness and peace is letting every life situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.” – Unknown
  88. “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.” – Ralph Marston
  89. “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” – Dale Carnegie
  90. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  91. “The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.” – C.P. Snow
  92. “Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.” – Thomas Jefferson
  93. “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.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  94. “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” – Helen Keller
  95. “Happiness is a state of mind, a choice, a way of living; it is not something to be achieved, it is something to be experienced.” – Steve Maraboli
  96. “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck
  97. “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle
  98. “Happiness is not the result of what we have, but of how we feel about what we have. It’s the joyful, uncomplicated appreciation for being alive.” – Unknown
  99. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  100. “Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are.” – John B. Sheerin
  101. “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  102. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” – George Burns
  103. “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” – Bernard Meltzer
  104. “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
  105. “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
  106. “Happiness is always a by-product of other actions.” – Aldous Huxley
  107. “Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.” – Hermann Hesse
  108. “Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” – Daphne du Maurier
  109. “Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.” – Aldous Huxley
  110. “Happiness is the natural flower of duty.” – Phillips Brooks

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