Happiness is not the result of bouncing from one joy to the next; researchers find that achieving happiness typically involves times of considerable discomfort. Genetic makeup, life circumstances, achievements, marital status, social relationships, even your neighbors—all influence how happy you are.
Happiness is a state, not a trait; in other words, it isn’t a long-lasting, permanent feature or personality trait, but a more fleeting, changeable state. Happiness is equated with feeling pleasure or contentment, meaning that happiness is not to be confused with joy, ecstasy, bliss, or other more intense feelings
Most of us probably don’t believe we need a formal definition of happiness; we know it when we feel it, and we often use the term to describe a range of positive emotions, including joy, pride, contentment, and gratitude.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
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.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama XIV
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.
You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.
Roy T. Bennett
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 it.
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
Happiness [is] only real when shared
Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.
Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.
Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get
W. P. Kinsella
Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.
Roy T. Bennett
I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.
Simon and Garfunkel
Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.
Roy T. Bennett
It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.
It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.
When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.
Roy T. Bennett
I’d far rather be happy than right any day.
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
Rita Mae Brown
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.
I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.
Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy, Wren said. It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.
Maybe the truth is, there’s a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things.
We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.
The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.
There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
Whoever is happy will make others happy.
There are as many styles of beauty as there are visions of happiness.
We’re all golden sunflowers inside.
We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.
There you go…let it all slide out. Unhappiness can’t stick in a person’s soul when it’s slick with tears.
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
POnly the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
Dalai Lama XIV
My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn’t that enough for a whole lifetime?
Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.
I am intrigued by the smile upon your face, and the sadness within your eyes
Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.
Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living.
Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections
Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.
You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.
People wait around too long for love. I’m happy with all of my lusts!
C. JoyBell C.
Money may not buy happiness, but I’d rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.
Memory is the happiness of being alone.
It is a happiness to wonder; — it is a happiness to dream.
Edgar Allan Poe
Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.
Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.
Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You’ll definitely be happier.
But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
That’s how stories happen — with a turning point, an unexpected twist. There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.
When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.
Shannon L. Alder
Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I don’t know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn’t make you happy.
Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.
To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness – though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.
Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.
Orson Scott Card
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
Always forgive, but never forget, else you will be a prisoner of your own hatred, and doomed to repeat your mistakes forever.
The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person–without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.
Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.
Is anyone anywhere happy?
A mathematical formula for happiness:Reality divided by Expectations.There were two ways to be happy:improve your reality or lower your expectations.
Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
Daphne Du Maurier
Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure
I’m a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.
Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama XIV
Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right.
Sarah Addison Allen
My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.
And I can’t be running back and fourth forever between grief and high delight.
The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.
You cannot be with someone just because you don’t want to hurt him. You have your own happiness to think about.
Melissa de la Cruz
You are in charge of your own happiness; you don’t need to wait for other people’s permission to be happy.
Roy T. Bennett
Nothing makes a person happier than having a happy heart.
Roy T. Bennett
Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.
Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.
Success is getting what you want..
Happiness is wanting what you get.