Being Happy Sayings and Quotes

Being happy is one of life’s lofty, and often elusive goals. We search high and low, looking for happiness in our partners, careers, and even bank accounts. Everyone’s path to contentment will look different. Let the below collection of wise, inspirational, and humorous being happy quotes brighten your day.


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

My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don't use special creams or treatments - I'll use a little bit of everything. It's a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life. Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.     

Tina Turner

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Andrew Carnegie

Happiness is not defined by any circumstance, condition, or person. You need not tie your happiness to anything. The choice to be happy is always yours to make. Make that choice and cultivate a happy spirit.     

Dr Anil Kr Sinha

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.     

Anne Frank

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.     

Frank Tyger

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

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.     

Helen Keller

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.     

Aristotle

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

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.     

Dalai Lama XIV

One of the biggest challenges in trying to be happy right now isn't that we don't know how to be happy. It's mostly that we just don't do it. We don't make the time for happiness, for peace, and for overall joy in our life.     

Kumar Anupam

Being happy is something that each of us determines, it is not something that we find outside of ourself, it is within us and our choice.     

Catherine Pulsifer

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

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.     

J. Robert Oppenheimer

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.     

Albert Einstein

Happiness is the art of learning how to get joy from your substance.     

Jim Rohn

Happiness is the aim of life. Virtue is the foundation of happiness. Utility is the test of virtue. If the wise be the happy man, as the sages say, he must be virtuous too; for without virtue, happiness cannot be.     

Thomas Jefferson

Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.     

Napoleon Hill

Better to be happy than wise.     

John Heywood

Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own: he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow, to thy worst, for I have liv’d today.     

Horace

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.     

Hosea Ballou

Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it, and by no means in the way the future keeps its promises.     

George Sand

Mankind are always happier for having been happy; so that if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.     

Sydney Smith

True happiness ne’er entered at an eye; true happiness resides in things unseen.     

Edward Young

A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning.     

Lillian Gish

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

Martha Washington

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

Audrey Hepburn

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.     

Agnes Repplier

A happy life is made up of little things…a gift sent, a letter written, a call made, a recommendation given, transportation provided, a cake made, a book lent, a check sent.     

Carol Holmes

Anyone can be happy when times are good; the richer experience is to be happy when times are not.     

Susan Harris

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.     

Iris Murdoch

Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change.     

Friedrich Schiller

A multitude of small delights constitute happiness.     

Charles Baudelaire

Happiness, not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.     

Walt Whitman

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.     

Ernest Hemingway

Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.     

Ambrose Bierce

Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.     

Roy Goodman

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.     

Thucydides

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.     

Henry Miller

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.     

Larry Eisenberg

To fill the hour—that is happiness.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In order to be utterly happy, the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past.     

Andre Gide

The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts.     

Timothy Dwight

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.      

Charles Kingsley

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

Joseph Addison

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you so are in harmony.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is a state of which you are unconscious, of which you are not aware. The moment you are aware that you are happy, you cease to be happy…You want to be consciously happy; the moment you are consciously happy, happiness is gone.     

Jiddu Krishnamurti

There will always be a lost dog somewhere that will prevent me from being happy.     

Jean Anouilh

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.     

Goldie Hawn

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have.      

Woody Allen

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.     

James Dean

Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.     

Alan Cohen

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.     

Anne Frank

Be believing, be happy, don't get discouraged. Things will work out.     

Gordon B. Hinckley

One of the simplest ways to stay happy is by letting go of the things that make you sad.     

Tinku Razoria

You can never be really happy if you keep holding to those bad memories which makes you sad.     

Anurag Prakash

Happy is entirely up to you and always has been.     

Janette Rallison

If you want to be happy, be.     

Leo Tolstoy

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.     

Abraham Lincoln

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.     

Mark Twain

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.     

Edith Wharton

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.     

Cynthia Nelms

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.     

St. Augustine

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.     

Albert Camus

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.     

Dalai Lama

Happiness depends upon ourselves.     

Aristotle

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

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.     

James Matthew Barrie

Happiness comes from within, not from without.     

David DeNotaris

Happiness is not the absence of problems; but the ability to deal with them.     

Jack Brown

Being happy doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude._     

Dale Carnegie

If being happy is important to you, try this: instead of regretting all you lack, celebrate all you've got.     

Brian Vaszily

Happiness adds and multiplies, as we divide it with others.     

A. Nielsen

Trying to be happy without giving to others is like trying to kiss alone.     

Brian Vaszily

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.     

Marcus Aurelius

Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Talking about someone who makes you happy actually makes you happy.     

Elizabeth Scott

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

Ayn Rand

Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.     

Alain De Botton

The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.     

William Morris

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

William Saroyan

People should find happiness in the little things, like family.     

Amanda Bynes

As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.     

Andrew Delbanco

All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.     

Baruch Spinoza

Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.     

Benjamin Franklin

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.     

Immanuel Kant

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.     

Bertrand Russell

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.     

Buddha

There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human—in not having to be just happy or just sad in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.     

C. JoyBell C.

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. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.     

Carl Jung

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.     

Carrie Jones

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

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

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

Chuck Palahniuk

We can’t control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.     

David C. Hill

Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.     

Divyanka Tripathi

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.     

Don Marquis

Somethings soon to come over you / You just can't please the world and yourself / You gotta start doing what's right for you / 'Cause life is being happy yourself.     

Jackie Jackson

If loving you is all that means to me / When being happy is all I hope you'd be.     

Dale Longworth

Is being happy such a crime when I / Just want to enjoy the universe with you.     

Chloe Watkinson

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof / Because I'm happy.     

Pharrell Williams

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth / Because I'm happy.     

Pharrell Williams

I didn't know that I was capable of being happy right now / But you showed me how.     

Faye Webster

Being happy loving whom I please / And each time we make romance, / I'll be thankful for a second chance.     

Edward Jr. Holland

Happiness is spread / A peace is felt / Places of magic are open / Places of great beauty / You can be happy.     

Allen Hollandsworth

Laugh and be merry, remember, better the world with a song / Better the world with a blow in the teeth of a wrong.     

John Masefield

Laugh, for the time is brief, a thread the length of a span / Laugh and be proud to belong to the old proud pageant of man.     

John Masefield

Laugh and be merry: remember, in olden time / God made Heaven and Earth for joy He took in a rhyme.     

John Masefield

Laugh, and battle, and work, and drink of the wine outpoured / In the dear green earth, the sign of the joy of the Lord.     

John Masefield

Laugh and be merry together, like brothers akin, / Guesting awhile in the rooms of a beautiful inn.     

John Masefield

Glad till the dancing stops, and the lilt of the music ends / Laugh till the game is played; and be you merry, my friends.     

John Masefield

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.     

Tori Blue

I dream of world happiness / Where there is no jealousy or selfishness / A world where greatness exists / Where there are no fights / no risks.     

Eleni Karipidis

I dream of world love / Where we would fly in the sky like doves / Together forever, sharing our lives / Being happy and loving, like dolphins that dive.     

Eleni Karipidis

Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.     

Maria von Heland

A lot of people think happiness means being richer or more important.     

Maria von Heland

Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.     

Maria von Heland

Happiness is answering your calling.     

Maria von Heland

Happiness is being loved for who you are.     

Maria von Heland

We should concern ourselves, not so much with the pursuit of happiness, but with the happiness of pursuit.     

Maria von Heland

How many of us, I wonder, can recall that childhood moment when we experienced happiness as a state of being. That single moment of untarnished joy. That moment when everything in our world, inside and out, was alright. Everything was alright.     

Maria von Heland

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not.     

Vea Cabral

Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.     

John Lewis

It's good to be happy and tell us how cool your life is and how awesome you are on social media. That's great because it inspires other people to be happy, too. But a lot of times, people are trying to be happy in the wrong ways - with money or with different things that are not true happiness.     

Vea Cabral

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale     

Earl Nightingale

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

When you're Happy for No Reason you're unconditionally happy. It's not that your life always looks perfect. It's just that however it looks, you'll still be happy.     

Marci Shimoff

You don't need to manipulate the world around you to try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.     

Marci Shimoff

Even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, determine that you will not take negative feelings into your day. Try smiling at yourself in the mirror.     

Dadi Janki

Too much thinking and internalizing can make you dull and self-centered. Lift up your chin and be an overcomer. You really can be happy if you try; and that makes every one around you happy.     

Dadi Janki

In many ways, being happy is the culmination of many other states of being, such as feeling calm, pleasure, satisfaction, and joy.     

Alex A. Lluch

Being happy includes walking around with a smile on your face, savoring the day you just had, and looking forward to tommorow.     

Alex A. Lluch

The best thing about happiness is that there exists an infinite supply. We need to tap into the various sources within us to raise our level of positivity. At the same time, we must quell the negativity that tends to creep within us.     

Alex A. Lluch

The key to being happy is to balance the internal scale that measures out doses of positive or negative feedback and reactions.     

Alex A. Lluch

Society tells us that the only life worth living is a happy one, but if we didn't know sadness, we couldn't know happiness.     

Alex A. Lluch