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20 Happiness Quotes That Can Bring You Joy in Life

20 Happiness Quotes That Can Bring You Joy in Life

At this time of year, summer should be slowly rising up to meet us, the sun should start shining and we should all be smiling a little more brightly. If the blue skies and good vibes haven’t quite crept their way to your part of the world yet, worry not. These 20 thought-provoking, smile-invoking quotes should surely help to warm your heart and bring a little joy and happiness into your life.

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

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

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    “Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”
    – Immanuel Kant

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      “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
      – Oprah Winfrey

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        “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”
        – Mark Twain

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          “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. ”
          – Mother Teresa

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            “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
            – Martin Luther King, Jr.

            “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
            – Max Ehrmann

            “When someone else’s happiness is your happiness, that’s love”
            Lana Del Ray

            “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ”
            – Lucille Ball

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              “I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.”
              – Drew Barrymore

              “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.”
              –Charles Dickens

              “Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong.’”
              – Marianne Williamson

              “I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
              – Henry David Thoreau

              “Happiness is perfume, you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself.”
              – James Van Der Zee

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                “Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.”
                – Boethius

                “One must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.”
                –Leo Tolstoy

                “Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.”
                – Aristotle

                “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

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                  “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”
                  – Paul Simon

                  “Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
                  – Hunter S. Thompson”

                  “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
                  – Joseph Addison

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                    20 Things People Regret the Most Before They Die

                    20 Things People Regret the Most Before They Die

                    Close your eyes and imagine that you’re at your own funeral—a bit morbid I know, but there’s a reason for it. Now think about what you’d like people to say about you. What kind of a life do you want to lead? People die with all kinds of regrets. Don’t be one of them.

                    1. I wish I’d cared less about what other people think.

                    It’s only when you realise how little other people are really thinking of you (in a negative sense) that you realise how much time you spent caring and wasting energy worrying about this.

                    2. I wish I had accomplished more.

                    You don’t have to have won an Oscar, built up a business or run a marathon, but having small personal accomplishments is important.

                    3. I wish I had told __ how I truly felt.

                    Even if the “one” doesn’t exist, telling someone how you truly feel will always save you from that gut wrenching”but what if…” feeling that could linger for life if you stay quiet.

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                    4. I wish I had stood up for myself more.

                    Sometimes, it’s too easy to think that if you go all out to please everyone you’ll be liked more or your partner won’t run off with anyone else. I think age probably teaches us to be nice but not at the expense of our own happiness.

                    5. I wish I had followed my passion in life.

                    It’s so easy to be seduced by a stable salary, a solid routine and a comfortable life, but at what expense?

                    6. I wish our last conversation hadn’t been an argument.

                    Life is short, and you never really know when the last time you speak to someone you love will be. It’s these moments that really stay clear in peoples’ minds.

                    7. I wish I had let my children grow up to be who they wanted to be.

                    The realisation that love, compassion and empathy are so much more important than clashes in values or belief systems can hit home hard.

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                    8. I wish I had lived more in the moment.

                    Watching children grow up makes you realise how short-lived and precious time really is, and as we age, many of us live less and less in the present.

                    9. I wish I had worked less.

                    There’s always a desire to have loosened up a bit more with this one and the realisation that financial success or career accomplishment doesn’t necessarily equal a fulfilled life.

                    10. I wish I had traveled more.

                    It can be done at any age, with kids or not but many talk themselves out of it for all kinds of reasons such as lack of money, mortgage, children, etc. When there’s a regret, you know it could have been possible at some stage.

                    11. I wish I had trusted my gut rather than listening to everyone else.

                    Making your own decisions and feeling confident in the decisions you make gives us fulfilment and joy from life. Going against your gut only breeds resentment and bitterness.

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                    12. I wish I’d taken better care of myself.

                    Premature health problems or ageing always makes you wonder if you’d eaten healthier, exercised more and been less stressed, would you be where you are today?

                    13. I wish I’d taken more risks.

                    Everyone has their own idea of what’s risky, but you know when you’re living too much in your comfort zone. In hindsight, some people feel they missed out on a lot of adventure life has to offer.

                    14. I wish I’d had more time.

                    Many people say time speeds up as we age. The six weeks of summer holidays we had as kids certainly seemed to last a lifetime. If time speeds up, then it’s even more important to make the most of every moment.

                    15. I wish I hadn’t worried so much.

                    If you’ve ever kept a diary and looked back, you’ll probably wonder why you ever got so worked up over X.

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                    16. I wish I’d appreciated ___ more.

                    The consequences of taking people for granted are always hard to deal with.

                    17. I wish I’d spent more time with my family.

                    Some people get caught up with work, move to other parts of the world, grow old with grudges against family members only to realise their priorities were in the wrong place.

                    18. I wish I hadn’t taken myself so seriously.

                    Life is just more fun when you can laugh at yourself.

                    19. I wish I’d done more for other people.

                    Doing things for others just makes life more meaningful.

                    20. I wish I could have felt happier.

                    The realisation that happiness is a state of mind that you can control sometimes doesn’t occur to people until it’s too late.

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