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110 Happiness Quotes That Will Make You Smile Instantly

110 Happiness Quotes That Will Make You Smile Instantly

If I ask you to rate your happiness from 1 to 10, what will be your score? According to the latest World Happiness Report, Americans ranked as the 13th happiest country in the world while Denmark ranked No. 1.[1]Very often we’ll have to go through some downtimes. At our darkest moments, what we need most is some motivation and encouragement.Inspiring quotes can change your way of thinking and help you get away from negative emotions.If you, or your friends, are feeling lost, these 110 quotes will give you a hand of help:

  1. “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
  2. True happiness is…to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  3. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  4. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”– Helen Keller
  5. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”– Aristotle
    • “Happiness is acceptance.”–Unknown
    • “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”–James M. Barrie
    • “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”–Confucius
    • What ever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.
      • “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”–Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
      • “Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.”–Rose Lane
      • Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
        • “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”–Albert Ellis
        • “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
        • “Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”–Buddha
        • “The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”–Andre Maurois
        • There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy.
          • “Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”–Marquis de Condorcet
          • “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”–Mary Lou Retton
          • “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
          • “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”–Joseph Campbell
          • “Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.”–Leo Tolstoy
          • “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”–Abraham Lincoln
          • “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”–Unknown
          • “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”–Morris West
          • you are responsible for your own happiness.
            • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”–Mark Twain
            • “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”–Thich Nhat Hanh
            • “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”–Eskimo Proverb
            • “To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”–Mary Stuart
            • The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go. –Dodinsky
            • What consumes your mind, controls your life.
              • “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”–Epictetus
              • “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
              • “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
              • “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
              • “Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”– Unknown
              • “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”– Albert Camus
              • “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”– Ashley Montagu
              • Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so. – Robert Green Ingresoll
              • Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn
              • Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
              • Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
                • “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson
                • “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
                • Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.
                  • “You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes”.”–Lauren Oliver
                  • “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”–Bertrand Russell
                  • “What I do maintain is that success can only be one ingredient in happiness, and is too dearly purchased if all the other ingredients have been sacrificed to obtain it.”–Bertrand Russell
                  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”–Dr. Seuss
                  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”–Oscar Wilde
                  • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”–Winston S. Churchill
                  • “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”–J.R.R. Tolkien
                  • “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”–Victor Hugo
                  •  One of the happiest moment in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
                    • Focus on the good.
                      • Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens. – Andy Rooney
                      • Exist to be happy, not to impress.
                        • “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”– Helen Keller
                        • “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”– Alphonse Karr
                        • Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.
                          • “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
                          • “Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.”–Roy T. Bennett
                          • “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”–Charlie Chaplin
                          • “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”–Ayn Rand
                          • “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”–Steve Maraboli
                          • “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”–Friedrich Nietzsche
                          • “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”–Rita Mae Brown
                          • “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”–Marcus Aurelius
                          • “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”–Nicolas Chamfort
                          • Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think. –Buddha
                            • “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”–Anne Frank
                            • “After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.” ― Walt Disney Company
                            • “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
                            • “The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ― David Steindl-Rast
                            • “The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”― Brian Tracy
                            • Rule your mind or it will rule you.―Buddha
                              • “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”― Marcel Proust
                              • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.
                                • “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.”― Leo Buscaglia
                                • Surround yourself with people who get you.
                                  • “Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy, and make the most of where you are” ―Germany Kent
                                  • Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.―John Harrigan
                                  • “Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” ―Joshua Kai
                                  • A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.―Tom Wilson
                                  • “A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”― William Arthur Ward
                                  • “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”― Douglas Adams
                                  • “As you change your point of view, your views bring about a change in you.” ―George Alexiou
                                  • Happiness is not the absence of the problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.―Steve Maraboli
                                  • “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”― Andy Rooney
                                  • “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”― James Oppenheim
                                  • “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”― Benjamin Disraeli
                                  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
                                  • If you want to give light to others, you have to glow yourself.
                                    • When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.
                                      • “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”―Robert Anthony
                                      • “The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.”―Aesop
                                      • If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”―Andy Rooney
                                      • “On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.”―Eckhart Tolle
                                      • Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.―Dale Carnegie
                                      • “For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.”―Seneca
                                      • Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable. – Leo Rosten
                                      • “The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.” ― Shannon L. Alder
                                      •  It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. –Charles Spurgeon
                                      • “If you always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don’t, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way.” ― Matt D. Miller
                                      • Take time to make your soul happy.
                                        • “The good life doesn’t knock on the door. Joy is a job.” ―Lionel Shriver
                                        • “There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.” ― Frederick William Faber
                                        • “One must have sorrow to truly appreciate joy.” ― Megan Hart
                                        • Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.

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                                          How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                          How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                          We live in a world that constantly tells us what to do, how to act, what to be. Knowing how to be true to yourself and live the life you want can be a challenge.

                                          When someone asks how we are, we assume that the person does not mean the question sincerely, for it would lead to an in depth conversation. So telling them that you are good or fine, even if you’re not, is the usual answer.

                                          In an ideal world, we would stop and truly listen. We wouldn’t be afraid to be ourselves. Instead, when we answer about how we are doing, our mask, the persona we show the world, tightens. Sometimes even more so than it might have been before. Eventually, it becomes hard to take off, even when you’re alone.

                                          Imagine a world where we asked how someone was doing and they really told us. Imagine a world where there were no masks, only transparency when we talked to one another.

                                          If you want to live in a world that celebrates who you are, mistakes and all, take off the mask. It doesn’t mean you have to be positive or fine all the time.

                                          According to a Danish psychologist, Svend Brinkman, we expect each other to be happy and fine every second, and we expect it of ourselves. And that “has a dark side.”[1] Positive psychology can have its perks but not at the expense at hiding how you truly feel in order to remain seemingly positive to others.

                                          No one can feel positive all the time and yet, that is what our culture teaches us to embrace. We have to unlearn this. That said, telling others you are ‘“fine”’ all the time is actually detrimental to your wellbeing, because it stops you from being assertive, from being authentic or your truest self.

                                          When you acknowledge a feeling, it leads you to the problem that’s causing that feeling; and once you identify the problem, you can find a solution to it. When you hide that feeling, you stuff it way down so no one can help you.You can’t even help yourself.

                                          Feelings are there for one reason: to be felt. That doesn’t mean you have to act on that feeling. It just means that you start the process of problem solving so you can live the life you want.

                                          1. Embrace Your Vulnerability

                                          When you are your true self, you can better self-advocate or stand up for what you need. Your self-expression matters, and you should value your voice. It’s okay to need things, it’s okay to speak up, and it’s okay not to be okay.

                                          Telling someone you are simply “fine” when you are not, does your story and your journey a great disservice. Being true to yourself entails embracing all aspects of your existence.

                                          When you bring your whole self to the table, there is nothing that you can’t beat. Here’re 7 benefits of being vulnerable you should learn.

                                          Can you take off the mask? This is the toughest thing anyone can do. We have learned to wait until we are safe before we start to be authentic.

                                          In relationships especially, this can be hard. Some people avoid vulnerability at any cost. And in our relationship with ourselves, we can look in the mirror and immediately put on the mask.

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                                          It all starts with your story. You have been on your own unique journey. That journey has led you here, to the person you are today. You have to be unafraid, and embrace all aspects of that journey.

                                          You should seek to thrive, not just survive. That means you do not have to compete or compare yourself with anyone.

                                          Authenticity means you are enough. It’s enough to be who you are to get what you want.

                                          What if for the first time ever, you were real? What if you said what you wanted to say, did what you wanted to do, and didn’t apologize for it?

                                          You were assertive, forthcoming in your opinions or actions to stand for what is right for you, (rather than being passive or aggressive) in doing so. You didn’t let things get to you. You knew you had something special to offer.

                                          That’s where we all should be.

                                          So, answer me this:

                                          How are you, really?

                                          And know that no matter the answer, you should still be accepted.

                                          Bravery is in the understanding that you still may not be accepted for your truth.

                                          Bravery is knowing you matter even when others say that you do not.

                                          Bravery is believing in yourself when all evidence counters doing so (i.e. past failures or losses)

                                          Bravery is in being vulnerable while knowing vulnerability is a sign of strength.

                                          It’s taking control.

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                                          2. Choose Your Attitude in Adversity

                                          You can take control of your destiny and live the life you want by being true to yourself. You can start anytime. You can start today.

                                          You can start with one day at a time, just facing what happens that day. Most of us get overwhelmed when faced with the prospect of a big change. Even if the only thing we change is our attitude.

                                          In one instant, you can become a different person with a change of attitude. When you take control of your attitude, you become able to better understand what is around you. This allows you to move forward.

                                          Originally, you may have had a life plan. It could have started when you were little; you were hoping to become a mermaid, doctor, astronaut or all three when you grew up. You were hoping to be someone. You were hoping to be remembered.

                                          You can still dream those dreams, but eventually reality sets in. Obstacles and struggles arise. You set on a different path when the last one didn’t work out. You think of all the “shoulds” in your life in living the life you want. You should be doing this…should be doing that…

                                          Clayton Barbeau, psychologist, coined the term “shoulding yourself.’[2] When we are set on one path and find ourselves doing something different. It becomes all the things you should be doing rather than seeing the opportunities right in front of you.

                                          But in all this disarray, did you lose sight of the real you?

                                          It may be in our perceived failures and blunders that we lose sight of who we are, because we try to maintain position and status.

                                          In being who we really are and achieving what we really want, we need to be resilient: How to Build Resilience to Face What Life Throws at You

                                          It means that we do not see all possibilities of what might happen, but must trust ourselves to begin again, and continue to build the life we want. In the face of adversity, you must choose your attitude.

                                          Can attitude overcome adversity? It certainly helps. While seeking to be true to yourself and live the life you want, you will have to face a fact:

                                          Change will happen.

                                          Whether that change is good or bad is unique to each person and their perspective.

                                          You might have to start over, once, twice, a few times. It doesn’t mean that everything will be okay, but that you will be okay. What remains or should remain is the true you. When you’ve lost sight of that, you’ve lost sight of everything.

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                                          And then, you rebuild. Moment after moment, day after day. We all have a choice, and in this moment, that matters.

                                          You can choose to have a positive attitude, seeing the silver lining in each situation and, where there is none, the potential for one. Maybe that silver lining is you and what you will do with the situation. How will you use it for something good?

                                          That’s how you can tap into yourself and your power. Sometimes it happens by accident, sometimes on purpose. It can happen when we aren’t even looking for it, or it can be your only focus. Everyone gets there differently.

                                          You can rise, or you can remain. Your choice.

                                          When the worst happens, you can rely on your authenticity to pull you through. That’s because Self Advocacy, speaking up to let others know what you need, is part of finding the real you.

                                          There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Or sometimes, helping others can help us deal with the pain of a hurtful situation. You decide how you’re going to help others, and suddenly, you become your best self.

                                          3. Do What Makes You Happy When No One’s Looking

                                          Being the best version of you has nothing to do with your success or your status. It has everything to do with your Character, what you do when no one’s looking.

                                          In order to create the life you want, you have to be the person you want to be. Faking it till you make it is just a way to white knuckle it through your journey. You have the fire inside of you to make things right, to put the pieces together, to live authentically. And Character is how you get there.

                                          If you fall down and you help another up while you’re down there, it’s like you rise twice.

                                          Along with attitude, your character is about the choices you make rather than what happens to you.

                                          Yes, it’s about doing the right thing even when obstacles seem insurmountable.  It’s about using that mountain you’ve been given to show others it can be moved.  It’s about being unapologetically you, taking control, choosing your attitude in adversity and being the best version of you to create the life you want.

                                          How do you know what you really want? Is it truly status or success?

                                          Unfortunately, these things do not always bring happiness. And aspects of our image or “performance driven existence” may not achieve satisfaction. Materialism is part of our refusal to accept ourselves as enough. All the things we use to repress our true selves are about being enough.

                                          “Enoughness” is what we truly seek, but ego gets in the way.

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                                          Ego is the perception of self as outer worth. It’s not REAL self worth.

                                          Ego represses our true self with a new self— the self of chasing ‘“Am I ever enough?”’ questions. And instead of filling our true selves with self-love and acceptance, when we “should ourselves” and chase “enoughness,” we feed the ego or our image.

                                          It’s important to realize YOU ARE ENOUGH, without all the material trappings.

                                          Stanford psychologist Meagan O’Reilly describes the damage of not thinking we are enough. One of her tactics for combating this is to complete the sentence,[3]

                                          “If I believed I were already enough, I’d ____”

                                          What would you do if you felt you were enough?

                                          By believing you are enough, you can live the life you want.

                                          So many fake it to try to get there, and they end up losing themselves when they lose more and more touch with their Authenticity.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          By being yourself, you are being brave. By acknowledging all you can be, you tell the universe that you can until you believe it too. The steps are easy, and you are worth it. All of it is about the purpose you are leading and the passion that is your fuel.

                                          Being true to yourself is all about mastering how to live life authentically rather than faking or forcing it. Having the life you want (and deserve) is about being trusting in yourself and the purpose you are living for. Both need passion behind it, fueling it each second, or you will experience burn out.

                                          When you are authentic, you can call the road you walk your own. When you live your life for you and not just the results of all your actions (faking it till you make it), you can let go of what you don’t need. This clarifies and pushes purpose to you, living for something that is greater than you.

                                          You will find that making decisions based on what will actually achieve your goals, will help you attain the life you want, and your success with each step, will allow you to enjoy the process. Good luck!

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