Top 79 Most Inspiring Quotes On Happiness

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We all want to be happy, but it can prove challenging. There are so many things in this world that tempt us with the promise of happiness, only for it to give us a temporary solution.  Having goals and aspirations helps us be happy because they give us something to live for and look forward to. On the other hand, we should not forget the present and live in the future. When we focus solely on future goals, we can lose our connection with what makes us happy while we are alive.

One of the most important things we can do in our lives is to forgive ourselves for not being perfect and let go of the unrealistic expectations that we impose on ourselves. Take a look at these inspirational quotes on happiness to find joy and satisfaction in life.

79 Most Inspiring Quotes On Happiness

“It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ― Anonymous

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

“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.” ― Carlos Santana

“You have to sniff out joy. Keep your nose to the joy trail.” ― Buffy Sainte-Marie

“When work is a pleasure, life is a joy. When work is a duty, life is a slavery.” ― Maxim Gorky

“The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys.” ― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness, and self-control. To these, I commit my day.” ― Anonymous

“Joy; the kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” ― David Steindl-Rast

“People should find happiness in the little things, like family.” ― Amanda Bynes

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

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” ― Margaret Lee Runbeck

“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

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” ― Richard Wagner

True generosity doesn’t just come out of altruism or philanthropy – it comes out of joy.” ― Rene Schlaepfer

“Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy.” ― Ann Voskamp

“All happiness depends on courage and work.” ― Honoré de Balzac

“Whether you know or not, you are the infinite potential of love, peace, and joy.” ― Annie Ray

“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” ― Logan Pearsall Smith

“Where there is love, there is joy.” ― Mother Teresa

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… It’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

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

“The healthiest response to life is joy.” ― Mark Twain

“Joy comes when we are in alignment with our values and goals and when we feel our lives are abundant.” ― Yolanda V Acree

“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” ― Mother Teresa

“Do good, live in the most positive and joyful way possible every day.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“If you can’t find joy in the path you are on and what you are working toward now, how do you expect to find joy once you get there?” Anonymous

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” ― C. S. Lewis

“Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.” ― Immanuel Kant

“Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.” ― Norman Bradburn

“Innovation comes from people who take joy in their work.” ― W. Edwards Deming

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ― Henri Nouwen”

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi

“If we want joy, we must 1) accept ourselves as the unique persons we are, 2) allow ourselves to hurt, knowing that our joy runs deeper than our emotions, and 3) work on resolving any personal hindrances to joy.” ― Gaylyn Williams

“Go find your joy. Whatever that is, go find your joy. Are you going to have a good day or are you going to have a great day? Because it’s completely up to you.” ― Sandra Bullock

“Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.” – Hosea Ballou

“Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.” ― Iris Murdoch

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

“Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.” ― Don Marquis

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

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre de Chardin

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” ― Jean Shinoda Bolen

“If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.” ― Penny Marshall

“The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.” ― Russel M. Nelson

“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

“Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?”– Leslie Caron

“To have joy in your heart, one must know how to appreciate the small things in life.” ― Anonymous

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

“A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love.” ― Mother Teresa

“Joy is untouched by circumstance.” ― Anonymous

“All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.” ― Baruch Spinoza

“Being in the outdoors enhances every area of my life and the creative pursuit of photography brings meaning and joy to every day.” ― Rachel Lerch

“When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.” ― Marianne Williamson

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

“Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams.” ― Patch Adams

“Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” ― Roy T. Bennett

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

“Think joy, talk joy, practice joy, share joy, saturate your mind with joy, and you will have the time of your life today and every day all your life.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

“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

“To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it.” ― Robert Brault

“Learning to love yourself first brings more joy and peace than trying to love someone else.” ― Anonymous

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

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” ― Emily Dickinson

“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be filled with joy.” ― Anonymous

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” ― Joseph Campbell

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius

“Ups and downs. Victories and defeats. Sadness and happiness. That’s the best kind of life.” ― Maxime Lagacé

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” ― Carrie Jones

“Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Real happiness is not of temporary enjoyment, but is so interwoven with the future that it blesses for ever.” ― James Lendall Basford

“Optimists find joy in small things. They are more concerned with having many small joys rather than having one huge joy.” ― Robert M. Sherfield

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

“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.” ― Cynthia Nelms

“Live for today, but hold your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God’s love in every event, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.” ― Barbara Johnson

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ― Joseph Campbell

“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

“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

“A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together.” ― Brene Brown

“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

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