75 Happiness Quotes to Live By

75 Happiness Quotes to Live By

Here are 75 happiness quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, to brighten your day and move your mindset in a positive direction.

  1. Smile every chance you get.  Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have.
  2. Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.
  3. Tell the negativity committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.  (Read Learned Optimism.)
  4. A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t get very far until you change it.
  5. In a world where you can be anything you want, BE YOURSELF.
  6. The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.
  7. It’s important to make someone happy, and it’s important to start with yourself.
  8. Life is not about making others happy.  Life is about sharing your happiness with others.
  9. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design into the present.
  10. If you settle for just anything, you’ll never know what you’re truly worthy of.
  11. Sometimes life gives you two options: losing yourself or losing someone else.  Regardless of the situation, don’t lose yourself.
  12. If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, you do have a pretty big problem.
  13. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present.  Only you give it power.
  14. Don’t worry too much about people who don’t worry about you.
  15. Know your worth!  When you give yourself to someone who doesn’t respect you, you surrender pieces of your soul that you’ll never get back.
  16. Sometimes you’ve got to emotionally let go of the things that once meant a lot to you, so you can move beyond the past and the pains they bring you, and open the next chapter in your life.
  17. If you want to get over a problem, stop mulling it over and talking about it.  Your mind affects your mouth, and your mouth affects your mind.  It’s nearly impossible to move beyond something when you’re obsessing over it.
  18. If it is detrimental to you emotionally, physically and spiritually, what choice do you have but to let go and flourish with self-respect.
  19. Saying goodbye is one of the most painful ways to solve a problem.  But sometimes it’s necessary.
  20. Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting, it means you choose happiness over hurt.
  21. Stop looking at what you have lost, so you can see what you have.
  22. Someone else is happy with far less than what you have.
  23. Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems.
  24. Sometimes people throw away something good for something better, only to find out later that good was actually good enough and better never even came close.
  25. In life, you get what you put in.  Everything comes back around.
  26. You can never change the past nor control the future, but you can change the mood of the day by touching someone’s heart with your smile.
  27. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
  28. Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
  29. It’s nice to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s also important to make sure you haven’t lost track of the things that money can’t buy.
  30. You don’t need a lot of money to lead a rich life.  Good friends and a loving family are worth their weight in gold.
  31. You will never fully believe in yourself if you keep comparing yourself to everyone else.  Instead, compare yourself to who you were yesterday.  (Read Authentic Happiness.)
  32. You won’t always be punished FOR your anger, but you will always be punished BY your anger.
  33. Give yourself permission to immediately walk away from anything that gives you bad vibes.  There is no need to explain or make sense of it.  Just trust what you feel.
  34. One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.
  35. As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.  Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.
  36. Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their dirty feet.
  37. It hurts the most when you start pretending it doesn’t.
  38. You are responsible for how you feel no matter what someone does to you. Remember, you are always in control of your thoughts so choose to feel confident and adequate rather than angry and insecure.
  39. Being kind to yourself in thoughts, words and actions is as important as being kind to others.
  40. Death is not the greatest loss in life; the greatest loss is what dies inside while you’re still alive.
  41. Only when we begin to be awake do we realize just how asleep we have been.
  42. You are always free to do something that makes you smile.
  43. You define your own life.  Don’t let other people write your life’s story for you.
  44. Don’t be afraid of change.  Oftentimes you will lose something good, and then gain something even better.
  45. Worry is a massive waste of time and energy.  It doesn’t change anything.  All it does is steal your joy and hinder your ability to make positive changes.
  46. If you want to be happy and bright, let go of your need to always be right.
  47. In life, you usually get what you ask for and it rarely comes in the package you think it’s supposed to come in.
  48. If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
  49. Life does NOT have to be perfect to be wonderful.
  50. You look the best when you wear your smile.  There is no beauty like the one that comes from inside you.
  51. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
  52. The time spent on hating is the time lost for living a peaceful, happy life.  It is a habit that controls what you see, what you say, what you do, and ultimately what you become.
  53. Sometimes you need to be alone to reflect on life.  Take time out to take care of yourself.  You deserve it.
  54. The good things we build end up building us.
  55. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
  56. The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.
  57. If you want your life to change, your choices and actions must change.  Every day brings a chance to start over.
  58. Good things don’t come to those who wait.  Good things come to those who pursue the goals and dreams they believe in.
  59. Don’t make a decision based solely on popularity. Just because other people are doing it doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for you.
  60. Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist.  Following your heart achieves a completed you.  (Read The Happiness Project.)
  61. Knowing yourself is one thing, but truly believing and living as yourself is another.  With so much social conditioning in our society, we sometimes forget who we are.  Don’t lose yourself out there.
  62. Of all the things that can be stolen from you – your possessions, your youth, your health, your words, your rights – what no one can ever take from you is your freedom to choose what you will believe in, and who and what your heart will love.
  63. When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and despair and cannot find your way out of the darkness, remember that this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.
  64. Take all the time you need to heal emotionally.  Moving on doesn’t take a day; it takes lots of little steps to be able to break free of your broken self.
  65. When you can forgive, yourself and others, and stop the imprisonment, you’re creating the love of your life.
  66. What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for.  You become what you believe.
  67. Keep your heart open to dreams.  For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.
  68. When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.  Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go, and just live in the moment.
  69. Even though you cannot control everything that happens, you can control your attitude toward what happens.  And in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
  70. Life will never be perfect, no matter how hard you try.  Even if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will never have that perfection you seek.  There will always be broken hearts, there will always be days where nothing goes right.  But you must accept and learn that even the most imperfect things will always be made better with love and laughter.  (Read Stumbling on Happiness.)
  71. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
  72. Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want; it is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have.
  73. Sometimes you just have to look back at your past and smile about how far you’ve come.
  74. Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.
  75. It’s not that everything will be easy or exactly as you had expected, but you must just choose to be grateful for all that you have, and happy that you got a chance to live this life, no matter how it turns out.

Photo by: Patricia


  1. says

    A lot of people look for happiness in external sources, when true and sustainable happiness is found from within each of us.

    I also agree that in order for you to make others happy and to have them follow you, you have to deal with and accept yourself first. We all have a ton of reasons to be happy, we just need to focus on them and choose happiness.

    These are all fantastic tips, but the one that really stood out for me was:

    “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

  2. Jerry Hislip says

    Marc and Angel, Happy 4th of July to you. Thanks for always sharing such inspiring words of wisdom with us. — What A Blessing You Are To Me.

  3. Fardeen says

    Reading each one of your articles makes me fell so wonderful. Thanks for inspiration and the motivation I get from the ideas you share.

    Fardeen Alemi ( Afghan )

  4. says

    Love these Happiness quotes and inspirations, made my day. Not to mention the happiness, the deeper smile I got after reading this. Thanks so much for sharing this :) Love you guys :)

  5. Nijaz M says

    It’s all about the LAW OF ATTRACTION. It works. I experienced it. And mainstream approach for happiness will never work (‘if that happens i will feel good’)…the reverse is true because feeling can be a guide and magnet for good events. The cycles of happiness and sadness, peace and suffering, love and lonliness, loss and embarrassment will come and go, true and permanent joy is found in being able to feel each moment and accepting yourself in it.

  6. Mandy says

    Beautiful! These simple happiness quotes are relevant to everyone. I am actually a Christian, and a lot of these are principles Jesus taught too.

  7. Allen N. says

    Happy INDEPENDENCE DAY to you and all your readers for helping us become independent of our social conditioning.

  8. Rae says

    So wonderful and uplifting to read . I always try to see the rainbow in everything . Smile and the whole world smiles with you!

  9. Dhananjay says

    Thanks for writing such a wonderful & interesting writeup. Some of the points jolted me and were very inspirational to read. If I can practice what you teach, it will result in a great self improvement in my outlook & my life.

  10. Mary Elizabeth says

    Sometimes people are not afraid to be happy, they just feel that, for whatever the reason, they don’t deserve it.

  11. Paige says

    I read this post, while listening to Cold Play- Paradise. I couldn’t do anything but cry. I thought about everything I’d been through. As a recent college grad I just think of the future that is ahead of me and where I have came from. You two are inspiring a lot of people in the world. Thank you for doing that!

  12. Cyndy Wheeling says

    Love this! Number 3, 11, and 14 are my favorite for now. I’ll keep it around for the next 20 tips. My diminutive mind can only absorb 20 at a time.

  13. TJ says

    COMPLETELY AGREE! thank you Marc n Angel 😀
    The last one is exactly what my feeling is right now.
    be grateful n u will know how lucky u are!

  14. says

    Well, I liked that quote, too: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

    There’s so much good stuff from Marc and Angel it’s like drinking out of a fire hose of happiness!

    I like 61: “Knowing yourself is one thing, but truly believing and living as yourself is another. With so much social conditioning in our society, we sometimes forget who we are. Don’t lose yourself out there.”

    Acceptance and then picking your goals and having the integrity to stick to them…that takes some practice. I just wrote about this on my blog, taking off the blinders requires learning how to ignore things.

    Great article,
    Thank you.

  15. FLiP says

    Just found your blog, it’s really great!

    For me… nr 71 “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

    Thank you for your awesome words!

  16. Chris says

    I actually stumbled across your blog while looking for reasons not to “take the easy way out”, if you know what I mean. I’ll be coming back daily. You’ve literally saved my life. Thank you.

  17. Cleiton says


    I was brought here by a very special person to me and it made me feel what is true happiness!

    Thank you very much for these words!

  18. ankey says

    I came across this and I’m leaving this blog post a completely different person – with a smile.

    This is awesome… and so constructive.

  19. says

    Wonderful list of Happiness Quotes. Thanks for the great compilation of these awesome quotes.

    Quotes No.5: “In a world where you can be anything you want, BE YOURSELF.”

    Definitely. Be ourself, live the best out of ourself. =D

  20. says

    With so much of the chaos going on in our world (inner and outer), it is somewhat difficult to take the time out to enjoy what we love doing.

    And that’s one of the major reason of why so many people are unhappy and grouchy. We don’t listen to our souls. We have forgotten to stop and smell the rose.

    These quotes are good reminder of to be in the present moment and be happy.

    Thanks a lot Marc and Angel for putting together this great collection.

    Have a great life,
    Manish Kapoor

  21. Jeannette says

    Marc and Angel, all I can say is that I’m inspired. Not only did I share your blog, but I’m definitely buying your book. Every one of these touched my heart. You two are amazing.


  1. Again, the simplicity of your work makes me smile. Thank you both for making my days a little brighter with the things you share.

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