48 Happiness Quotes To Remind You What Really Matters

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Happiness quotes are a great tool to incorporate into daily life! Because sometimes we can forget what happiness really means, right?

Like, scrolling through the ‘gram can throw us into thoughts that our life isn’t good enough, that we don’t have enough, that we don’t travel enough. But we are comparing our real lives with other people’s “highlight reels.” 

We don’t know the background of their lives.

If you need a reminder of what happiness really is, this list of quotes is for you. I’ve highlighted the ones that really stand out. Hope they help, love!

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

“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

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” -Albert Camus

“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

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

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

“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“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

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

“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

“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

“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” -Dale Carnegie

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

“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

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” –Aristotle

“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

“Two things prevent us from happiness; living in the past and observing others.” -Unknown

“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

“Happiness is acceptance.” –Unknown

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

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” -Thucydides

“Happiness is a myth we seek, If manifested surely irks; /Like river speeding to the plain, /On its arrival slows and murks. /For man is happy only in /His aspiration to the heights; /When he attains his goal, he cools. /And longs for other distant flights.” -Kahlil Gibran

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” –Confucius

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

“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

“Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” -Helen Keller

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

“Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change.” -Friedrich Schiller

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

“When ambition ends, happiness begins.” –Thomas Merton

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

“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.” –Heraclitus

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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

All in all, happiness doesn’t just come to you. It’s something you work towards. And its the type of work that will always be worth it in the end. Happiness quotes won’t get you there alone.