What is the nature of happiness?
That question has captured the thoughts and imaginations of great philosophers, writers, artists, world leaders, and countless others throughout time. I love to consider their words and wisdom to find inspiration for today.
The common themes? Happiness is a personal choice that comes from within rather than from circumstances. While some have said that the pursuit of happiness is self-serving, others make the excellent observation that those who are happy can spread joy to others. Personally, I find that a great reason to choose happiness!
A collection of favorite quotes about happiness
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul.
A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings. It’s something we make inside ourselves.
~Corrie ten Boom
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions; it is governed by our mental attitude.
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
~Henry Ward Beecher
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
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.