50+ Happiness Quotes To Change Your Outlook On Life

Without life's ups and downs, the good, the bad, the ebb, the flow – we wouldn't know what happiness is.

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Happiness means different things to different people. I'm sure we all know of folk striving for the bigger car, the bigger house, the bigger salary and yet they are forever moaning and still just as miserable, even surrounded by all their gains.

Although it would be lovely, we are not always jumping for joy every day. There is as much to learn from the times we are unhappy as from the times we are jumping for joy. And yes, even though it's often in the dark times we learn the most, here are 50 inspiring and motivational quotes to help you on your way to brighten your inner world. 

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

Elkhart Tolle
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People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln
16th U.S. President

Happiness is not something that you get in life. Happiness is something that you bring to life.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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

The best way to pursue happiness is to help other people. Nothing else will make you happier.

George Lucas
Film Director
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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.

Aldous Huxley

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

It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.

Jane Fonda
Film Actress

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

Bertrand Russell
Albert Camus Quote

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

Albert Camus

I have very few friends. I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven’t known life to be any happier.

Brad Pitt

Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.

Charlotte Brontë

The word happiness would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

Carl Gustav Jung

Be happy, but never satisfied.

Bruce Lee
Anne Frank Quote

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank
Diarist & Writer

God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.

Charles Dickens

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

Charlie Chaplin

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama
Aristotle Quote

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Greek Philospher

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.

Dale Carnegie

The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.

Dan Millman

Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy.

Deepak Chopra

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
Audrey Hepburn Quote

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.

Audrey Hepburn

I’d far rather be happy than right any day.

Douglas Adams

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Former First Lady of the United States

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying things which are beyond the power of our will.


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
32nd U.S. President

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognising and appreciating what we do have.

Friedrich Koenig

Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.

Friedrich Schiller
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Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.

George Bernard Shaw

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

George Burns

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
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Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing.

Brian Tracy

Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.

Herman Hesse

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

Happiness is not doing what you want but wanting what you do.

Jean-Paul Sartre

May all beings, everywhere, be happy and free. And may the thoughts and actions of my own life contribute, in some way, to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

Ancient Sanskrit Mantra
Jodi Picoult Quote

There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.

Jodi Picoult

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.

John Barrymore

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

John Lennon

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than attempting to satisfy them.

John Stuart Mills

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognise what makes you happy.

Lucille Ball

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

Mark Twain

Happiness is there for the taking and making.

Oprah Winfrey 
Media Proprietor
Tony Robbins Quote

The more rules you have about how people have to be, how life has to be for you to be happy, the less happy you’re going to be.

Tony Robbins 
Life Coach

I have decided to be happy, because it’s good for my health.


Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.

Stephen Covey 

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.

Victor Frankl 

Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.

Thich Nhat Hanh 

How to be happy: Be accepting and at peace with the past, be engaged in the present, be excited and anticipating for the future.

Brendon Burchard 

Happiness happens when you fit with your life, when you fit so harmoniously that whatsoever you are doing is your joy. Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.

Daphne Du Maurier 

So take a moment to reflect on these 50 Happiness Quotes. Note how you feel when you give rather than get, love rather than hate and forgive rather than resent.

Take a moment every day to count your blessings. By practising acceptance and gratitude, we can create our own sense of serenity, harmony, balance and peace. And our own world of happiness. 

About the author

Angie Newson

Angie Newson is an international wellness and fitness expert – as well as Amazon bestselling author of The Detox Factor. She is also author of Get Fit for Free with Yoga & Pilates, a regular contributor to the UK's national press and women's magazines and has appeared in various health/fitness TV series. Angie has taught over 12,000 classes – from aerobics (back in the day!) and Spinning to Pilates and restorative yoga. She also has extensive experience managing and consulting premier health clubs in the UK and is brand ambassador for the workout retail store, Sweaty Betty. When not teaching, writing or travelling, Angie enjoys “challenges" and has run the New York Marathon, climbed Kilimanjaro and participated in various silent retreats. Angie enjoys time with her dog and loves Indian cuisine. @AngieNewson