Inspirational Quotes About Happiness – Amazing quotes about happiness

What is happiness? What is the feeling of happiness? What does it mean to be happy? Everyone has already experienced a sense of happiness, everyone has ever been happy. But how to describe it in words?

What follows is a descriptive explanation and then a selection of inspiring quotes about happiness that are my favorites.

What is happiness?

According to Wikipedia, the term happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia, flourishing and well-being.

According to Daniel Kahneman happiness is “what I experience here and now.”

According to Ruut Veenhoven happiness is “overall appreciation of one’s life as-a-whole.”

According to Oxford English Dictionary, the Definition of Happiness is “The state of being happy.”happiness

The word happiness is mostly used in the following circumstances:

– a current experience of feeling happy emotions (pleasure, joy, satisfaction) or a more general sense of emotional state as a whole.

– being satisfied with life in general (good quality of life and well-being).


Inspirational Quotes About Happiness

Many famous and lesser-known people have written about it, and I made the selection of quotes. Below are 35 inspirational quotes about happiness that are among my favorites.

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris

“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” William Saroyan

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” Carrie Jones

“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.” Cynthia Nelms

“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

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Joseph Addison

“Happiness is a well-balanced combination of love, labour, and luck.” Mary Wilson Little

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

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

“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

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

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

“Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.” Roy T. Bennett

“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

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

“Happiness is only real when shared.” Jon Krakauer

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

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” Mark Twain

“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.” Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” Steve Maraboli

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” Douglas Adams

“Whoever is happy will make others happy.” Anne Frank

“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

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” Marianne Williamson

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” Martha Washington

“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

“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

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.” Robin Williams

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

“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

“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

“The secret of happiness: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.” Daniel C. Dennett

“You can’t think your way to happiness, you need to let happiness come to you.” Maxime Lagacé

“Life is about the journey, about the splendor of living in the moment, about the happiness that ensues from the sheer joy of being alive.” Dipa Sanatani

My thought about happiness


In this selection of inspirational quotes about happiness, 35 people described in their own words what happiness is. And if I add in my own words – happiness is that ecstatic feeling when everything is most right, and it couldn’t be better.

Have you ever written anything about happiness? Do you have any unique explanation of what happiness is and what it means to be happy? I will be happy if you share your thoughts with me in the comments. You can also tell which one is your favorite quote from the ones listed, or add one that isn’t in this post.

All the best,


30 comments on “Inspirational Quotes About Happiness – Amazing quotes about happiness”

  1. Nath Reply

    Quite great to see some great quotes here that can really help shape the way we see things and give us a new world view in the entirety. Honestly, this is very good and I quote frankly value this in all. Thank you so much for all that you have shared and it honestly makes a lot of sense. Thanks and I have bookmarked this too

  2. Justin Reply

    Hello Nina, happiness is something we all want and for so many reasons there are lots of people who are sad and so many thing could lead to being sad but it all goes down how well we all handle our mood. Reading motivational quotes will help a lot and I really like the contents of this article. 

    • admin Reply

      Reading motivational quotes can really improve our well-being as it directs our attention to positivity. Thanks for the kind comment. I wish you much happiness!


  3. Beesean Reply

    Hi there Nina, your article ‘Inspirational Quotes About Happiness – Amazing quotes about happiness’ was really uplifting and motivational. Thank you for sharing this. Quite great to see some great quotes here that can really help shape the way we see things and give us a new world view. Happiness is free and should be enjoyed by everyone. 

    • admin Reply

      Glad my article was uplifting and motivational, thanks for that great feedback. 

      I wish you much happiness,


  4. LineCowley Reply

    What a great post to come across about quotes about happiness, something that I specifically needed today. What makes one individual happy, might not be the same for the next one. 

    Some beautiful quotes that you have here and I really like the one from the Dalai Lama “happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own actions”. I know that often I am the happiest  when I know I have made a difference to somebody else’s life, and usually it is by helping them with a problem, rather than a monetary reward. 

    Thanks for sharing this. 

    • admin Reply

      Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I’m glad you found yourself here today when you needed a little motivation. People who like to give often forget that they also need to receive if they want to keep their balance.
      I wish you all the best

  5. JJ Reply

    It is such a pleasant experience reading through all these quotations about happiness. These days we are so focused on sensation and bad news and disputes and conflicts that we sometimes forget that there is a state called happiness that we should give our attention. I have noted some of these quotations, my favorite being by Kinsella. Thanks for the reminder that I can spend some time writing and thinking about happiness. Makes me feel good.s

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for mentioning who your favorite quote is from. And I’m glad you got a new idea and inspiration. 

      I wish you all the best


  6. Beesean Reply

    Your article ‘Inspirational Quotes About Happiness – Amazing quotes about happiness’ was really uplifting and motivational. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I think it’s great that you wrote this article to help improve people’s mood and also lift their spirits. Happiness is free and to be enjoyed by everyone and it’s important to always remember this. 

    • admin Reply

      Thank you for your kindness. I’m glad it was uplifting and motivational. It’s true, happiness is free, and if you share it, it gets even stronger.

      I wish you a nice and successful week,


  7. Nath Reply

    Wow! Massive to see here. In all honesty, I value all you have shared here and it makes a lot of sense seeing all these here. Getting motivated and supported in all we do. Every morning, having to wake to things like this and getting a day filled with motivation is great. Happiness is all about finding it in ourselves and not placing the bar around other people is great. Thanks

    • admin Reply

      I’m glad you like this article on happiness with quotes. Yes, we have to find happiness in ourselves, then it is permanent. If it depends on external factors, it is only instantaneous.

      I wish you all the best


  8. Les Reply

    Happiness is seeing your child after they came into the world for the first time. At that moment I understood the the meaning of life.

    My favorite is the quote by Roy T. Bennett, “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.”

    • admin Reply

      As Roy T. Bennett said, we are also taught by children – live in the present. Thank you for sharing your example of a true feeling of happiness – seeing your baby for the first time after birth is really one of the happiest feelings.

      I wish you all the best


  9. LineCowley Reply

    Just reading the inspirational quotes about happiness and what it is, put a smile on my face. We all experience emotions in different ways, and that includes happiness. What makes me happy, might not be enough for somebody else. 

    I do like what Marianne Williamson said that “children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the things that could go wrong”, something that adults worry about too much. 

    • admin Reply

      When I read that you smiled at this post, I smiled too. Thanks for the great feedback! Yes, children don’t really get burdened and live completely in the present moment.

      I wish you all the best


  10. Dave Fuller Reply

    Thank you for engaging in conversation with us about happiness.  You are right, it is something we all seek to find and some of us spend a lifetime trying to get it and even maintain it.  This is a good conversation and we would be happier to discover the true meaning of happiness.  What do you think about this saying?  It is a proverb written long ago.  It basically states that blessedness comes from helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”  We can probably contend that we would be well happy to have fortune, but can we be blessed in keeping it?  It is my experience that often it is an onerous task to maintain wealth especially since there is so many without it; at least in a material sense.  There is so many people who seek after wealth that they often come after yours; it a struggle just to keep barriers around it when trying to keep it so others won’t take it from you.  So I concur with this proverb in telling us that true happiness and contentment come from helping others.  I have experienced this in my own life.  Just curious about your thoughts.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share in your conversation.

    • admin Reply

      Thank you for sharing this proverb here. I couldn’t agree more. Now I remembered another quote I once had in the frame (M. Maeterlinck: “You have to be happy to make someone happy. You have to make someone happy to stay happy.”). Is there anything else to add? I think very nicely everything is said with those words.

      Thanks for the in-depth comment! I wish you all the best


  11. Alejandra Reply

    As I keep working on my bullet journal I like to add a inspirational quote for every week, working in advance allows me to work on a few weeks at the same time so I won’t forget about any appointment or event.

    As I was looking for some inspirational quotes, I found your website and I’m glad I did, you have here great Happiness quotes, I took note of some and I will write each one on the header for each week, I’m sure they will help me to feel better as I keep working every day to build up my life!

    • admin Reply

      I’m so glad you found some quotes that you like. Great to write them down for each week. Thanks for the kind comment! I wish you good luck and a lot of success!


  12. Justin Reply

    Hello Nina, we all want to be happy and somehow some people do not know how to be happy except they see or read things that would give them the joy they want and this article will play a lot or roles to make that happen. Looking at the current situation of the world such article needs to go round. I will share on my social media platform 

    • admin Reply

      Thanks, Justin! You are very kind, your support means a lot to me!

      I wish you good luck and a lot of success!


  13. Kuntala Bhattacharya Reply

    Wonderful happiness quotes. We need to stay happy with what we have and enjoy life. Strengthens us mentally too.

    • admin Reply

      Thank you, dear friend. It’s true, we need to be happy with what we have and enjoy life.
      I wish you many happy moments,

  14. Blair Villanueva Reply

    Each individual has different meanings and levels of happiness. But the most important is, our path to happiness keeps our minds peaceful and made us smile every day.

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