110 Happy Quotes That Make You Smile


Are you sometimes struggling with being happy? Happiness is one of the most important keys to a successful and fulfilled life. By deeply understanding what it is that makes you happy and how you can boost your well-being, you can profoundly change your life. That’s where our list of happy quotes comes in quite handy, as it gives you some great inspiration for creating a lifestyle full of happiness. And if you want to learn more about being happy, have a look at our explanation of why happiness is the foundation of life.

Do you know what triggers your happiness? Being joyful and content is relatively easy when everything is going well. However, being able to trigger your happiness during difficult times can make a big difference. It can help you to keep pushing ahead even though the going gets tough.

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is scientifically proven that happiness can have a tremendous influence on various areas of your life. There is even scientific evidence that suggests happiness can help you to live a healthier and longer life. As such, scientists are finally catching up with the wisdom of anecdotes such as “laughter is the best medicine.”

Happy quotes

These happy quotes will inspire you to create a life full of happiness

For instance, a study conducted by scientists of the University of Kentucky found that happiness and longevity are closely linked with each other. The researchers investigated the lives of 180 nuns and found that 90% of the happiest nuns lived to the age of eighty-five or longer, while only 34% of the least content nuns reached this age.

110 Happy Quotes That Make You Smile

Throughout the ages, philosophers, scientists, and poets have pondered on what it is that makes us happy. Interestingly enough, many of them found powerful ways of creating and maintaining happy and grateful lives. In the following list of inspirational happy quotes, you can find the most powerful insights on happiness that people have uncovered during their lives.

Enjoy reading the following happy quotes


Fighting for happiness quote

“Happiness is like those palaces in fairytales whose gates are guarded by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it.”
Alexandre Dumas


Every day is the best day quote

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Happy quote

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
Abraham Lincoln


Quote about happiness

“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”
Sean O’Casey


Happiness quote

“The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement.”


“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr

We can complain because rosebushes have thorns quote



“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient.”

True happiness quote


“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
Martha Washington

The greater part of our happiness quote


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

The happiness of your life quote


“Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.”
Joseph Smith

Happiness is the object quote


“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”
Helen Keller

Be of good cheer quote


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
Rabindranath Tagore

Clouds come floating into my life quote



“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams.”
Roald Dahl

If you have good thoughts quote


“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

Happiness is the consequence of personal effort quote


“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
Dale Carnegie


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


“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“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


“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
Anne Frank


“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
Tom Bodett


“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”


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


“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”
Charlie Chaplin


“He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Happiness comes from within. It is not dependent on external things or on other people.”
Brian Weiss


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Eleanor Roosevelt


“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”
Marcus Aurelius


“Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.”
Walt Whitman


“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde


“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


“Dream as if you will live forever; live as if you will die today.”
James Dean


“Once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
Elizabeth Gilbert


“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: 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


“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”


“In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf


“The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
Albert Schweitzer


“Sometimes in order to be happy in the present moment you have to be willing to give up all hope for a better past.”
Robert Holden


“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


“One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.”
George Sand


“Happy is entirely up to you and always has been.”
Janette Rallison


“You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security and happiness depend on the behavior and actions of other people. Never give your power to anyone else.”
Brian Weiss


“Life is too short to waste time being unhappy.”
Dan Howell


“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”
Dale Carnegie


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


“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”
W. P. Kinsella


“A new day: Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy.”
Steve Maraboli


“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”
Roy T. Bennett


“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”
Marjorie Pay Hinckley


“This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Happiness is a state of activity.”


“Do anything, but let it produce joy.”
Walt Whitman


It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder


“Be believing, be happy, don’t get discouraged. Things will work out.”
Gordon B. Hinckley


“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


“Why should we build our happiness on the opinions of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau


“Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.”
Roy T. Bennett


“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”


“The way I define happiness is being the creator of your experience, choosing to take pleasure in what you have, right now, regardless of the circumstances, while being the best you that you can be.”
Leo Babauta


“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust


“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.”
Wayne Dyer


“No matter where life takes me, you’ll find me with a smile. Presumed to be happy, always laughing like a child. I never thought life could be this sweet! It’s got me cheesing from cheek to cheek!”
Mac Miller


“Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.”
Deepak Chopra


“Helping others is the secret sauce to a happy life.”
Todd Stocker


“It’s your job to learn that only those who quit selfishly seeking their own happiness find it.”
Richelle E. Goodrich


“Success to me is being happy, truly fulfilled, being proud of myself, and doing different things all the time.”
Leighton Meester


“If you see a chance to be happy, you have to fight for it, so later you have no regrets.”
Ilona Andrews


“You are happy when you are enthusiastic and action-oriented, not when you are luxury and pleasure-oriented.”
Debasish Mridha


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi


“Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.”
Stephen Fry


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


“Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.”
Stephen R. Covey


“If you are happy, don’t analyze your happiness, don’t ask questions and don’t even think about it; just live it to the fullest!”
Mehmet Murat Ildan


“Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.”
John Chrysostom


“Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.”
Peter Deunov


“Of all the means to ensure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.”


“Being happy is the best cure of all diseases!”
Patch Adams


“I do not think we have a “right” to happiness. If happiness happens, say thanks.”
Marlene Dietrich


“Happiness is not a life without pain, but rather a life in which the pain is traded for a worthy price.”
Orson Scott Card


“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
George Washington


“Live your life. Be happy as you can be, let go of the things that don’t matter, and fight.”
Kiera Cass


“Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within”
Helen Keller


“Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another’s happiness than in your own.”
Honoré de Balzac


“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”


“There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness.”
Arthur Schopenhauer


“If you wish to be happy, think not of what is to come nor of that which you have no control over but rather of the now and that which you are able to change”
Christopher Paolini


“People who can change and change again are so much more reliable and happier than those who can’t”
Stephen Fry


“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”


“Happiness is a state of mind, a choice, a way of living; it is not something to be achieved, it is something to be experienced.”
Steve Maraboli


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


“Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, or to diminish something of their pains.”
Jeremy Bentham


“Your success and happiness lie in you.”
Helen Keller


“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.”
Desiderius Erasmus


“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
Mother Teresa


“Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.”
Thomas Paine


“To me, the meaning of a human life is to be happy. It’s to achieve happiness right now, it’s to make sure you’re happy in the future.”
Dan Howell


“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”
Robert Anthony


“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
Gabriel García Márquez


“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”
Sri Ramana Maharshi


“A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.”
Albert Camus


“In the midst of happiness or despair, in sorrow or in joy, in pleasure or in pain: do what is right and you will be at peace.”
Jess Rothenberg


“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
Muhammad Ali


“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”
George Bernard Shaw


“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”
Jacques Prévert


“The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”
Elise Boulding


“Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear”
Taylor Swift


“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
Audrey Hepburn


“Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.”
Steve Maraboli


“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
Ernest Hemingway

I hope you enjoyed this collection of inspirational happy quotes.

Stay victorious!


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