150 Happiness Quotes to Brighten Your Mood

You are happy when you feel content and fulfilled.

Having satisfaction is the definition of happiness.

Enlightenment, also known as full happiness, happens when all of your desires are satisfied.


This article is a collection of happiness quotes that are likely to lift your spirits and provide you with inspiration and motivation.

Happiness Quotes to Brighten Your Mood


“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~ Omar Khayyam.


“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~ Aristotle.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have.” ~ Zig Ziglar.

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” ~ Anne Frank.

“Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” ~ Morris L. West.

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” ~ Jodi Picoult.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ The Dalai Lama.


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

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” ~ William James.

“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.

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~ Mother Teresa.


“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ~ George Sand 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer.

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Best Happiness Quotes

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

“Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” ~ Beyoncé

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

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ~ John Lennon

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” ~ Daphne du Maurier

“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


“Being happy never goes out of style.” ~ Lilly Pulitzer.

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.” ~ Julia Alvarez

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” ~ Anton Chekhov

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy. It’s all that matters.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” ~ Maya Angelou

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. ~ Zhuangzi

Happiness is a direction, not a place. ~ Sydney J. Harris

An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves. ~ Lydia M. Child

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens. ~ Douglas William Jerrold

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

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.

Top Happiness Quotes

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.” ~ David Lee Roth

“I have chosen to be happy because it’s good for my health.” ~ Voltaire

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

“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

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” ~ Alice Walker

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”  ~ Oscar Wilde

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward. ~ Baruch Spinoza

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. Chuck Palahniuk

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. ~ William E. Gladstone

Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it. ~ Mary Baker Eddy

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye. ~ Austin O’Malley

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

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” ~ C.G. Jung

“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

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” ~ Mark Twain

“Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” ~ Walt Disney

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world is like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” ~ Stephen Chbosky

“Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.” ~ Carrie Underwood

“Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.” ~ Christian Dior

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

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. ~ Thomas Merton

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Happiness inspires productivity.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” ~ Immanuel Kant

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

“The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

“One of the most powerful forces in human nature is our belief that change is possible.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Happiness is a mindset for your journey, not the result of your destination.” ~ Shawn Achor

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“The very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“What you’re believing in the moment creates your suffering or your happiness.” ~ Byron Katie

“We are happy when we are growing.” ~ Gretchen Rubin

“When you discover that all happiness is inside you, the wanting and needing are over, and life gets very exciting.” ~ Byron Katie

“Happiness is the precursor to success.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Optimism is a tool with a certain clear set of benefits: it fights depression, it promotes achievement and produces better health.” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman

“You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them.” ~ Michael Jordan

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Most people keep waiting on happiness, putting off happiness until they’re successful or until they achieve some goal, which means we limit both happiness and success. That formula doesn’t work.” ~ Shawn Achor

“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” ~ Gretchen Rubin

“Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Happiness comes not from having more, not from having less, but from wanting what you have.” ~ Gretchen Rubin

“Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our life. When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises, we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” ~ Shawn Achor

“We become more successful when we are happier and more positive.” ~ Shawn Achor.

“Scientifically, happiness is a choice. It is a choice about where your single processor brain will devote its finite resources as you process the world.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it’s the realization that we can.” ~ Shawn Achor

“It is by being fully involved with every detail of our lives, whether good or bad, that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“It’s hard to find happiness after success if the goalposts of success keep changing.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Successful people see adversity as a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Changing the destructive things you say to yourself when you experience the setbacks that life deals all of us is the central skill of optimism.” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman.

Famous Happiness Quotes

“Happiness does not come about only due to external circumstances; it mainly derives from inner attitudes.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“The greatest competitive advantage in our modern economy is a positive and engaged brain.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Positivity is such a high predicator of success rates.” ~ Shawn Achor

“A heart full of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, happiness, and mental tranquility.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Just as the good life is something beyond the pleasant life, the meaningful life is beyond the good life.” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman

“We not only need to work happy, we need to work at being happy.” ~ Shawn Achor

Quotes about Happiness

“Happiness is the overall experience of pleasure and meaning.” ~ Tal Ben-Shahar

“Life inflicts the same setbacks and tragedies on the optimist as on the pessimist, but the optimist weathers them better.” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman

“Waiting to be happy limits our brain’s potential for success, whereas cultivating positive brains makes us more motivated, efficient, resilient, creative, and productive, which drives performance upward.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Each one of us is like that butterfly the Butterfly Effect. And each tiny move toward a more positive mindset can send ripples of positivity through our organizations our families and our communities.” ~ Shawn Achor

“The way we define happiness is the joy you feel striving toward your potential.” ~ Shawn Achor

“If we just wanted positive emotions, our species would have died out a long time ago.” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman.

Inspiring Happiness Quotes

“You go into flow when your highest strengths are deployed to meet the highest challenges that come your way.” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman

“There is one aspect of happiness that’s been well studied, and it’s the notion of flow. Ask yourselves, when for you does time stop? When are you truly at home, wanting to be no place else?” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman

“Study after study shows that happiness precedes important outcomes and indicators of thriving.” ~ Shawn Achor

“The good life is using your signature strengths every day to produce authentic happiness and abundant gratification.” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman

“Constantly scanning the world for the negative comes with a great cost. It undercuts our creativity, raises our stress levels, and lowers our motivation and ability to accomplish goals.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Not only do happy people endure pain better and take more health and safety precautions when threatened, but positive emotions undo negative emotions.” ~ Martin E.P. Seligman

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

“Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.” ~ Taylor Swift

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” ~ John Lubbock

“Focusing on the good isn’t just about overcoming our inner grump to see the glass half full. It’s about opening our minds to the ideas and opportunities that will help us be more productive, effective, and successful at work and in life.” ~ Shawn Achor

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

“Just as our view of work affects our real experience of it, so too does our view of leisure. If our mindset conceives of free time, hobby time, or family time as non-productive, then we will, in fact, make it a waste of time.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Success does not mean happiness. Check out any celebrity magazine to look for examples to disabuse you of thinking that being beautiful, successful or rich will make you happy.” ~ Shawn Achor

“Happiness equals reality minus expectations.” ~ Tom Magliozzi

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” ~ Andy Rooney

“Happiness is only real when shared.” ~ Jon Krakauer

Great Happiness Quotes

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ~ Bertrand Russell

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

“There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.” ~ Maria Mitchell

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ~ Aristotle

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.” ~ James Freeman Clarke

There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort. Charlotte Bronte

Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else. Dr. Idel Dreimer

“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

“Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference. Naval Ravikant

Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve. Robert S. Lynd

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. Freya Stark

Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them. Steve Maraboli

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. Bernard de Fontenelle

Beautiful Happiness Quotes

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison

“The greatest happiness is to transform one’s feelings into action.” ~ Madame de Stael

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” ~ Douglas Adams

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” ~ Hans Selye

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ~ Guillaume Apollinaire

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are.” ~ Goldie Hawn

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

“You’re happy when you help others become happy.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV.

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The Essence of Happiness

Happiness transcends mere positive emotions to encompass a state of well-being, marked by a meaningful and content life.

It’s pursued globally and valued more than wealth or material gains.

Happiness not only enhances life quality but also improves health, potentially increasing lifespan and aiding cardiovascular and immune systems.

Pursuing Happiness

Achieving happiness often involves discomfort and is influenced by numerous factors including genetics, life situations, and social connections.

Happiness thrives not just through momentary pleasures but through engaging in fulfilling activities, maintaining social ties, and pursuing meaningful goals.

It’s the journey toward happiness, rather than happiness itself, that enhances well-being.

Characteristics of Happy People

Happy individuals typically lead purpose-driven lives, cherish simple pleasures, and maintain healthy relationships.

They are open to new experiences, practice gratitude and compassion, and manage to stay positive amidst life’s ups and downs.

Rather than material wealth, they value personal fulfillment and emotional richness.

Misconceptions About Happiness

Common myths suggest happiness is a direct result of reaching specific life milestones like marriage or career success.

However, happiness is more about adapting to circumstances and finding joy in ongoing pursuits rather than specific achievements.

Financial well-being contributes to happiness only up to a certain point, beyond which it does not significantly increase well-being.

The Role of Positive Psychology

Positive psychology focuses on enhancing human flourishing rather than merely treating mental distress.

It encourages cultivating positive emotions, authentic relationships, and a purposeful life.

This approach emphasizes the importance of balance and personal growth, supporting individuals in leading fulfilling lives regardless of their life stages.

Top Questions about Happiness

Q: What defines happiness?

A: Happiness is an emotional state marked by joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. It involves experiencing positive emotions and feeling satisfied with life.

Q: What are the seven types of happiness?

A: The seven types of happiness include joy, excitement, gratitude, pride, optimism, contentment, and love. Each type represents a unique aspect of happiness that contributes to an individual’s overall sense of well-being.

Q: What makes us happy?

A: Spending time with friends and family is a key factor in achieving happiness. As happiness expert Daniel Gilbert points out, connections with family and friends are crucial for happiness, often more so than other pursuits that we might assume would make us happy.

Q: How important is happiness?

A: Happiness is extremely important as it not only enhances our own lives but also positively impacts those around us. It creates a supportive and positive environment, encouraging others to thrive and find their own happiness. Conversely, our unhappiness can negatively affect those around us.

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