40 Life-Affirming Happiness Quotes

Happiness is peace and contentment. It’s to feel joy in little things because of gratitude. It’s to value family and friendship and relish the time we have with our loved ones. More importantly, happiness is a feeling that starts with our mindset.

That’s why happiness is also a journey. In life, burdens, failures, and insecurities drag us down. All this negativity drowning us that we forget we still have a lot to be thankful for – until we realize that what we are and what we have are enough to just be.

So we slowly change our attitude. We begin to be more accepting and appreciative. We unburden ourselves from unnecessary pressures. And, finally, realizing that things are good even when they’re not perfect, we know we have succeeded. We’re happy, in spite of.

To get started on your journey to happiness, here are 40 beautiful happiness quotes that will inspire you to be grateful and just be… happy.

Famous Happiness Quotes

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.  – James Openheim

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. – John Lennon

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Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy. – Gretta Brooker Palmer

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

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It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. – Frank McKinney Hubbard

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

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

Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. – W.P. Kinsella

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There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. – Lady Blessington

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. – Ayn Rand

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You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.  

If you want to be happy, be. – Leo Tolstoy

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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

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

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Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: 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

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best out of everything that comes their way.

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If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. – Edith Wharton

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

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

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

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Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack. – Hazelmarie Elliott

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

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One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. – Rita Mae Brown

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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I think the key to life is just being a happy person, and happiness will bring you success. – Diego Val

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

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In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself. 

Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. – Bernard Meltzer

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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

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. – Jean de La Bruyere

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The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. – William Saroyan

The first recipe for happiness is avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. – Andre Maurois

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The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. – Martha Washington

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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

When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. – Helen Keller

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There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.

One of the simplest ways to stay happy is letting go of the things that makes you sad. – Saily Dose

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