Quotes about being happy always remind me to see the lighter side of life. In psychology a definition of happiness covers three main elements.
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Feeling good – pleasure or a feeling of peace or contentment. Thoughts – looking back over your life and being generally satisfied with what has passed and what has yet to pass. Not feeling bad – feeling bad obviously detracts from happiness.
The problem is most of us, happiness is conditional. For instance, we would think or say that if I can get a higher-paying job, win the heart of our dream partner, or get to live in a flashy lifestyle, then I will be happy.
While we are busy dreaming or waiting for them to ‘be happy’, we sort of postpone our happiness.
It’s a kind of silly thought, but that’s what most of us are doing. We see finding happiness as a goal to be achieved in some future moment, when conditions are met.
The truth is if all the above mentioned do materialize, it is generally short-lived. Before long, we find there is other aspects of life, we still need to change or fix.
In other words, we will be chasing an illusive dream. Remember Henry David Thoreau’s quote: “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.”
Happiness Is A Choice Not A Result
So instead of keep pursuing or waiting for happiness, we should learn be how to be happy, happier right now, regardless of what is happening in our lives presently.
Basically, happiness is all in our mindset. We can choose or decide to be happy at any time of our life. We should consistently and consciously choose to be in the state of happiness.
Psychologist Tom G. Stevens, Ph.D., who wrote the book “You Can Choose to Be Happy :Rise Above Anxiety”, Anger, and Depression“, we all should take advantage of opportunities to learn how to be happy.
We can reprogram our beliefs and values. Purposely choose to be in the company of positive people to increase your probability of happiness. We can become the happiest and grow the most when we make truth and personal growth our key values.
In short, we have the free will to live a life of joy.
Here are my favorite quotations on happiness to cheer you up:
“The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” – Woody Allen
“If one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.” – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“Life can never be perfect. If you can understand and accept it, then you can be perfectly happier.” – by Quotationize
“We ne’er can be made happy by compulsion. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Three Graves
“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon
“There is only one way to happiness, and that is cease worrying about the things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus
“No one ever does live happily ever after, but we leave the children to find that out for themselves.” – Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla
“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, The Lower Depths And Other Plays
“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.” – George Bernard Shaw, Candida
“What is the worth of anything, but for the happiness ’twill bring?” – Richard Owen Cambridge, Learning
“Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.” – August Strindberg, A Dream Play
“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.: – Ayn Rand ( Atlas Shrugged )
“Happiness isn’t always doing what you want to do; it’s doing what you don’t want to do, and being glad you did it.” – Jessie Evans Smiths
“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.” – Cynthia Nelms
“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.” – Epictetus, The Art of Living
“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 month — get married. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.” – Chinese proverb
“As the sea is beautiful not only in calm but also in storm, so is happiness found not only in peace but also in strife.” – Ivan Panin, Thoughts
“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.” – Leo Tolstoy (War And Peace)
“Call no man happy till he is dead.” – Aeschylus (Agamemnon)
“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” – Frank Tyger
“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.” Alan Cohen
“Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.” – Peter Hagerty
“Happiness can be as simple as finishing what you’ve started.” – by Quotationize
“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie
“Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb
“You cannot judge what should bring others joy, and others cannot judge what should bring you joy.” – Alan Cohen
“Live your life with love, grace, and gratitude. Then happiness will live within you.” – by Quotationize
“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
“To achieve happiness and freedom in life, one must know how to adapt change and loss.” – by Quotationize
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” – Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey
“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
“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” – Marcus Aurelius
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
“Happiness is not wanting what you do not have. It is appreciating what you have.” – by Quotationize
“True happiness…arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self.” Joseph Addison
“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” – Ayn Rand
“You want to make yourself happy. Then make up your mind to be.” – by Quotationize
“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dale Carnegie
“If you want to hold on to happiness, let go of wanting to change your past.” – by Quotationize
“Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.” – Marcus Aurelius
“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Albert Clarke
Walk on the brighter side of life and keep smiling like the glowing sun. Live and be happy.
Talking about happiness, have you heard of this immensely popular book with a rather long title “The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Rubin.
This book is about Gretchen’s year-long project on how to increase her happiness by undertaking various resolutions designed to bring joy into her life.
It is an inspirational book which offers practical ideas which you can help you to improve your life. Check it out today.
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