The desire for happiness is universal. No matter where we’re from, or what age or stage we are in life – we all want to be happy!
The normal ups, downs and frustrations of day-to-life can sometimes cloud our happiness. So it’s nice to be reminded that happiness, whether it’s in the moment, or over a lifetime, is something that we can experience and enjoy.
Take are look at these quotes about happiness – wise words from great minds of the past and present, to lift your spirit, make you think, and help you focus on what’s important.
Happiness comes from the little things
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
2. “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasure that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.” – Benjamin Franklin
3. “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher
Happiness comes from your actions
4. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
5. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
6. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle
Happiness comes from gratitude
7. “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
8. “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette
Happiness comes from helping others
9. “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
10. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
11. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” – Mark Twain
Happiness comes from making progress
12. “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
13. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli
Happiness is your decision
14. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus
15. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
16. “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” – Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
17. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
18. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
19. “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
20. “If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy
21. “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Unknown
Which happiness quotes do you love?
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