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
  6. “Happiness is acceptance.”–Unknown
  7. “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”–James M. Barrie
  8. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”–Confucius
  9. What ever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.
  10. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”–Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  11. “Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.”–Rose Lane
  12. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
  13. “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
  14. “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
  15. “Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”–Buddha
  16. “The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”–Andre Maurois
  17. There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy.
  18. “Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”–Marquis de Condorcet
  19. “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”–Mary Lou Retton
  20. “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
  21. “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”–Joseph Campbell
  22. “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
  23. “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”–Abraham Lincoln
  24. “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”–Unknown
  25. “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”–Morris West
  26. you are responsible for your own happiness.
  27. “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
  28. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”–Thich Nhat Hanh
  29. “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
  30. “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
  31. The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go. –Dodinsky
  32. What consumes your mind, controls your life.
  33. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”–Epictetus
  34. “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
  35. “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
  36. “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
  37. “Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”– Unknown
  38. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”– Albert Camus
  39. “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”– Ashley Montagu
  40. 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
  41. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn
  42. Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
  43. Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
  44. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson
  45. “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
  46. Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.
  47. “You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes”.”–Lauren Oliver
  48. “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”–Bertrand Russell
  49. “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
  50. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”–Dr. Seuss
  51. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”–Oscar Wilde
  52. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”–Winston S. Churchill
  53. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”–J.R.R. Tolkien
  54. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”–Victor Hugo
  55.  One of the happiest moment in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
  56. Focus on the good.
  57. Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens. – Andy Rooney
  58. Exist to be happy, not to impress.
  59. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”– Helen Keller
  60. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”– Alphonse Karr
  61. Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.
  62. “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
  63. “Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.”–Roy T. Bennett
  64. “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”–Charlie Chaplin
  65. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”–Ayn Rand
  66. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”–Steve Maraboli
  67. “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”–Friedrich Nietzsche
  68. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”–Rita Mae Brown
  69. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”–Marcus Aurelius
  70. “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”–Nicolas Chamfort
  71. Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think. –Buddha
  72. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”–Anne Frank
  73. “After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.” ― Walt Disney Company
  74. “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
  75. “The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ― David Steindl-Rast
  76. “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
  77. Rule your mind or it will rule you.―Buddha
  78. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”― Marcel Proust
  79. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, slow up and never give up.
  80. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.”― Leo Buscaglia
  81. Surround yourself with people who get you
  82. “Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy, and make the most of where you are” ―Germany Kent
  83. Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.―John Harrigan
  84. “Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” ―Joshua Kai
  85. A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.―Tom Wilson
  86. “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
  87. “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”― Douglas Adams
  88. “As you change your point of view, your views bring about a change in you.” ―George Alexiou
  89. Happiness is not the absence of the problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.―Steve Maraboli
  90. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”― Andy Rooney
  91. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”― James Oppenheim
  92. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”― Benjamin Disraeli
  93. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
  94. If you want to give light to others, you have to glow yourself.
  95. When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.
  96. “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”―Robert Anthony
  97. “The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.”―Aesop
  98. 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
  99. “On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.”―Eckhart Tolle
  100. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.―Dale Carnegie
  101. “For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.”―Seneca
  102. Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable. – Leo Rosten
  103. “The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.” ― Shannon L. Alder
  104.  It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. –Charles Spurgeon
  105. “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
  106. Take time to make your soul happy.
  107. “The good life doesn’t knock on the door. Joy is a job.” ―Lionel Shriver
  108. “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
  109. “One must have sorrow to truly appreciate joy.” ― Megan Hart
  110. Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.

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