Happiness Quotes

Life is About Being Truly Happy


We are here to wake up every part of us – mind, body and spirit; to awaken our intuition and our intelligence, every cell in our body, our every sense, so that we can feel wondrously and joyously alive.  – Maggie Hamilton

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.   – Hugh Downs

What matters is not what we are made of, but what we can make of what we are made of.   – John Burnheim

Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.
– Francesca Reigler

Each individual is master of his or her destiny: it is up to each person to create the causes of happiness.
– The 14th Dalai Lama

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. – Kahlil Gibran

What is the purpose of life? I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want to suffer. From the very core of our being we simply desire contentment.
I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars, and planets, has a deeper meaning, but at the very least it is clear that we humans who live on this Earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves.
– The 14th Dalai Lama

We all want to be happy and we want the people we love to be happy. Happiness means feeling good about our lives and wanting to go on feeling that way. Unhappiness means feeling bad and wanting things to change.
– Lord Richard Layard, Founder, Action for Happiness


If you want to be happy, be.   – Tolstoy

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
– Robert Louis Stevenson

All human beings have in common the desire to avoid suffering and to know happiness. –The 14th Dalai Lama

Achieving genuine happiness may require bringing about a transformation in your outlook, your way of thinking, and this is not a simple matter.  – The 14th Dalai Lama

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
– William James

We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts we make the world.   – Buddha.

Happiness is the result of inner maturity. It depends on us alone, and requires patient work carried out from day to day.  Happiness must be built and this requires time and effort.  In the long term, happiness and unhappiness are therefore a way of being, or a life skill.   – Matthieu Ricard

We are visitors on this planet.  We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most.  During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives.  If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.  – The Dalai Lama

Attitude: It is our best friend or our worst enemy.
– John C Maxwell

Have the courage to throw yourself into life, take risks, weather blows, knowing before you begin that you will be exposed to a series of opposites; success and failure, happiness and unhappiness, praise and blame.   – Arnaud Desjardins

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.   – Confucius

To share happiness.  And to have done something good before leaving this life is sweet.   – Buddha

Every morning, our first thought should be a wish to devote the day to the good of all living beings.   – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.   – Norman Vincent Peale

For whatever a man thinks about continually, to that his mind becomes inclined by force of habit.   – Buddha

Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don’t go through life creaking.   – H.W. Byles

Violence is inconceivable if everyone is genuinely concerned with the happiness of others.    – Matthieu Ricard

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.   – Leo Buscaglia

Once our basic needs are met, the message is clear: we don’t need more money, we don’t need greater success or fame, we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate –right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.
– The 14th Dalai Lama

Happiness is the main object of our aspirations, whatever name we give to it: fulfilment, deep satisfaction, serenity, accomplishment, wisdom, fortune, joy or inner peace, and however we try to seek it: creativity, justice, altruism, striving, completion of a plan or a piece of work.
– Matthieu Ricard

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.  – William James.

A truly wise man is always joyful. – Leo Tolstoy

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.
– Abraham Lincoln

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

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible.
– The Dalai Lama

The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. – The Dalai Lama

The important thing is that our day-to-day life should be meaningful, that our attitude should be positive, happy and warm. – The Dalai Lama

There is no higher and more serious task than of making people happy. – Goethe

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins.  – Bob Moawad

If you dare to be happy, your life will begin to change immediately. Your life and your work will take on greater significance and will be experienced as an extraordinary adventure.
– Richard Carlson

To live in the world
with your heart undisturbed by the world,
with all sorrows ended, dwelling in peace –
this is the greatest happiness.
– Buddha

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related to Life Is About Being Happy go first to the PRACTICAL page for some orientation then find the Being Happy link on that page.

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