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79 Uplifting Happiness Quotes That Will Brighten Your Day

We all need a little pick-me-up from time to time, and what better way than with some inspiring happiness quotes?

Whether you’re looking for the perfect Instagram caption or just a few words of wisdom to help brighten your day, these quotes about happiness can be just the inspiration you need.

From well-known authors and celebrities to everyday people sharing their insights on life, here are some of the best inspirational sayings that will remind you to stay positive and enjoy every moment.

Happiness quotes to bring joy to your day

1. “Happiness is not a destination, it’s a journey. Happiness is not tomorrow, it is now. Happiness is not a dependency, it is a decision. Happiness is what you are, not what you have.” – Unknown

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

3. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain

4. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton

5. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz

6. “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.” – Unknown

7. “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” – Walt Disney

8. “The greatest happiness you can give someone is the feeling that they are loved and appreciated.” – Unknown

9. “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

Quotes about happiness and change in your life

10. “You can’t change how people feel about you, so don’t try. Just live your life and be happy.” – Unknown

11. “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” – Chuck Palahniuk

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12. “Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life.” – Mandy Hale

13. If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie

14. “Never too old, never to bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” – Bikram Choudhury

15. “Happiness comes from within. It’s not determined by what’s happening around you but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happiness, but the truth is, it always come from within.” – John Spence

16. “You can’t make someone else happy until you are happy with yourself first.” – Unknown

17. “When life is good you are happy. When you are happy life is good. Knowing the difference is the key.” – Unknown

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18. “Change is sometimes needed to better yourself, love yourself and truly be happy. Never stop working on the best you can be. It’s a life long endeavor.” – Angelique Laforest Tremblay

19. “A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.” – Unknown

20. “They must change often, who would be constant in happiness.” – Confucius

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True happiness quotes about daily life

21. “True happiness ne’er entered at an eye; true happiness resides in things unseen.” – Edward Young

22. “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

23. “Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” – Beyonce

24. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” – Gabriel Garcia Márquez

25. “Be happy. Be bright. Be you.” – Kate Spade

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

27. “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

28. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadow will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

29. “The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.” – Goldie Hawn

30. “Every day is a new day.” – Carrie Underwood

Quotes on happiness and positivity

31. “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.” – Paulo Coelho

32. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

33. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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34. “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” – Anne Frank

35. “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

36. “I just think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful.” – Drew Barrymore

37. “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

38. “Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb

39. “Stay close to people who feel like sunshine.” – Unknown

Quotes about happiness and love

40. “Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about string together all the little things.” – Ann Brashares

41. “The happiness you feel is in direct proportion with the love you give.” – Oprah Winfrey

42. “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand 

43. “Nothing makes a person happier than having a happy heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

44. “The supreme happiness of life consists in the conviction that one is loved.” – Victor Hugo

45. “Never give up. Trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration you can not do wrong.” – Unknown

46. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” – Rupi Kaur

47. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

48. “Give yourself the gift of unconditional happiness.” – Nara Lee

49. “Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.” – John Harrigan

50. “Learn to love yourself without the love of others.” – Unknown

51. “Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Holmes

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52. “I think self-knowledge is a key to happiness. We can build happy lives only on the foundation of our own natures, our own values, and our own interests.” – Gretchen Rubin

53. “You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.” – Wayne Dyer

54. “The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” – Louisa May Alcott

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

56. “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

57. “Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.” – Unknown

58. “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

59. “Many search for happiness as we look for a hate we wear on our heads.” – Nikolaus Lenau

60. “Find out where joy resides and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

61. “Instead of finding happiness around us, we should develop the habit of leaning within to find true happiness surrounded by positive emotions, thoughts, and ideas.” – Dr. Prem Jagyasi

62. “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you life a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

63. “Happiness is not trying or finding, it’s deciding.” – Unknown

64. “We’re just trying to find happiness in the bodies and minds we were given, like everyone else.” – Ellen DeGeneres

Self happiness quotes

65. “Embrace the glorious mess that you are.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

66. “You need your own love to save your heart.” – Rithvik Singh

67. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

68. “There is no path to happiness; Happiness is the path.” – Buddha

69. “I think no matter what you look like, the key first of all is to be happy with yourself. And then you know if you want to improve things you don’t like about yourself, then do it after you appreciate yourself.” – Adele

70. “Keep taking time for yourself until you’re you again.” – Lalah Delia

71. “Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith.” – Kareena Kapoor Khan

72. “Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life.” – Mandy Hale

72. “True happiness arises in the first place from the enjoyment of one’s self.” 

73. “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

74. “Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.” – Unknown 

75. “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.” – Walt Whitman

76. “The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.” – Dodinsky

77. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

78. “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” – Zen Shin

79. “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” – Robert Morley

Final thoughts on these happiness quotes

The key to finding lasting happiness lies within all of us. We just need the courage to unlock it.

No matter what challenges or struggles come your way, remember that you hold the keys to true joy and contentment in your hands.

Love yourself, be kind to others, appreciate each moment, and find happiness within.

Life is too short not to enjoy every second of it!

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