The 111 Best Happiness Quotes (Guaranteed to Lift Your Spirits and Make you Smile!)

Kristen McCabe
Kristen McCabe  |  June 5, 2018

As human beings, we crave happiness.

This desire is universal, sought after by people in cities both small and big, living on every continent, speaking any number of languages.

But regardless of income, age, or the language you speak, achieving happiness is often challenging. (To say the least!)

It feels a bit like sand. As soon as you think you’ve found happiness, you try to hold on as tight as you can before it slips through your fingers. We look back with longing on the good times of life, and we hope for the happy times ahead.

But how do we find joy right now, today, in the middle of the mundane?

This already-difficult task can be even more trying in the office. You’ve got the neverending to-do list (that somehow keeps getting longer), deadlines, bosses to please, and sometimes even cranky coworkers. With so few hours to get it all done, finding daily happiness inside those cubicle walls can feel near impossible.

But fear not – happiness is achievable!

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Here at G2 Crowd, we’re big on workplace happiness. Similar to our tips on how to be happy at work, these quotes will get your mindset and mood in the right place. (The smiling place!)

One of our company values (which happens to be my favorite) is “work with joy.” That’s why you’ll find not 10, 20 or even 50, but 100 inspirational happiness quotes on this page.

Never forget that laughter is one of the best paths you can travel on the road to happiness. In fact, the benefits of laughter are far reaching for both your happiness and health, giving you less pain, fewer heart attacks, and even a longer life.

Not only that, according to John Morreall, president of HUMORWORKS Seminars, laughter can also improve creativity: "Humor loosens up the mental gears. It encourages out-of-the-ordinary ways of looking at things."

So, after you’ve perused the 100 motivational quotes, give yourself a giggle with 11 funny happiness quotes at the bottom of the page.

 

100 Happiness Quotes

  1. “Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.” – Mandy Hale
  3. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.” ― Andy Rooneyhappiness-quote-andy-rooney
  4. “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” – Woody Allen
  5. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “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
  7. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz
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  8. “I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
  9. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
  10. “Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa
  11. “Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Gerard Wayhappiness-is-not-perfection-quote
  12. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
  13. “Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called "All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” ― Marianne Williamson
  14. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn
  15. “Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  16. “Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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  17. “Why not seize the pleasure at once? -- How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” ― Jane Austen, Emma
  18. “I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.” ― Audrey Hepburn
  19. “Why should we build our happiness on the opinions of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  20. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln
  21. “Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ― Guillaume Apollinaire
  22. “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 Carnegiehappy-quote-dale-carnegie
  23. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” ― Ingrid Bergman
  24. “Be happy -- if you're not even happy, what's so good about surviving?” ― Tom Stoppard
  25. “I don't know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn't make you happy.” ― J.D. Salinger
  26. “I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer
  27. “Through a long and painful process, I've learned that happiness is an inside job - not based on anything or anyone in the outer material world. I've become a different and better person - not perfect, but still a work in progress.” – Alana Stewart
  28. “In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.” – Buddha
  29. “There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” ― Stephen Chbosky
  30. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ― Aristotle
  31. “It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ” ― Lucille Ball
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  32. “True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  33. “Doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is happiness.” ― Lana Del Rey
  34. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”― Jonathan Safran Foer
  35. Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. – Frank Tyger
  36. “Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.” ― Dale Carnegie
  37. “Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I've learned, that's the path to happiness.” – Lesley Ann Warren
  38. “Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” ― Charlotte Brontë
  39. “Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections” ― Bob Marley
  40. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust
  41. “Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” – Denis Waitley
  42. “Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within”― Helen Keller
  43. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
  44. “Cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!” ― C. JoyBell C.
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  45. “All happiness depends on courage and work.” ― Honoré de Balzac
  46. “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.
  47. “Happiness [is] only real when shared” ― Jon Krakauer
  48. “I am very happy because I have conquered myself and not the world. I am very happy because I have loved the world and not myself.” ― Sri Chinmoy
  49. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” ― Ayn Rand
  50. “You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.” ― Andy Warhol
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  51. “The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.” ― Erasmus
  52. “The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” ― Carrie Jones
  53. “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
  54. “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” ― Max Ehrmann
  55. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” ― Mark Twain
  56. “It is a happiness to wonder; -- it is a happiness to dream.” ― Edgar Allan Poe
  57. “Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others...By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley
  58. “Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.” ― Dale Carnegie
  59. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. ”― Epictetus
  60. “If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” ― Edith Wharton
  61. “Laughter is poison to fear.” ― George R.R. Martin
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  62. “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, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Seneca
  63. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” ― Robert Frost
  64. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
  65. “I'd far rather be happy than right any day.” ― Douglas Adamshappiness-quote
  66. “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.” ― Leo Tolstoy
  67. “Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.” ― Marie Rutkoski
  68. “Success is getting what you want.. Happiness is wanting what you get.” ― Dale Carnegie
  69. “I've learned .... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.” ― Andy Rooney
  70. “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” ― Michael J. Fox
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  71. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. ” ― William James
  72. “My only regrets are the moments when i doubted myself and took the safe route. Life is too short to waste time being unhappy.” ― Dan Howell
  73. “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” ― Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice
  74. “Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.” ― Aldous Huxley
  75. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  76. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley
  77. “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.” ― J. Richard Lessor
  78. “Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.” ― Albert Camus
  79. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
  80. “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
  81. “For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.” ― Marilyn Monroe
  82. “She had never imagined she had the power to make someone else so happy. And not a magical power, either--a purely human one.” ― Cassandra Clare
  83. “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
  84. “If you've got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.” ― Melody Carstairs
  85. “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” ― Aeschylus
  86. “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 Ingersoll
  87. “Happiness is a state of mind. It's just according to the way you look at things.” ― Walt Disney
  88. “True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self.” – Joseph Addison
  89. “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” – Iris Murdoch
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  90. “Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.” ― Robert Anthony
  91. “We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.” – William James
  92. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” – Ayn Rand
  93. “Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.”― Petar Dunov
  94. “We are all happy if we but knew it.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  95. “The constant happiness is curiosity.” – Alice Munro
  96. “It's hard not to feel happy when you make someone smile.” ― Roy T. Bennett
  97. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  98. “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” – Oprah Winfrey
  99. “Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.” – Joyce Meyer
  100. “It is only possible to life happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.” – Margaret Bonnano
 

Funny Quotes About Happiness

  1. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” ― George Burns
  2. “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” ― Mark Twain
  3. “To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.” ― Gustave Flaubert
  4. “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” – Mallory Hopkins
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  5. “I've always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.” ― John Barrowman
  6. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” ― Rita Mae Brown
  7. “I think, that if the world were a bit more like ComicCon, it would be a better place.” ― Matt Smith
  8. “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream. And that’s kind of the same thing.” – Unknown
  9. “Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  10. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” – Benjamin Franklin
  11. “There is no angry way to say bubbles.” – Unknown
 

Happiness with Productivity

Now that you’ve got a smile on your face, learn how productivity can help keep it there!

Productivity can keep you happy by reducing stress levels and keeping your to-do list as manageable as possible.

Use this guide to time management and these 10 quick time management tips to keep a positive attitude as you stay focused throughout your day.

Kristen McCabe
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Kristen McCabe

Kristen is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist who loves writing and sharing stories about top-notch marketing. When she isn’t writing, Kristen is all about performing or anything related to her dog, Bella, who may or may not have a whole bunch of virtual doggy friendships on Instagram.