Happiness Quotes To Make You Feel Good
By Danni Peck
Updated May 09, 2019
Reviewer Lauren Guilbeault
Happiness is an emotion that has been sought after since the dawn of humankind. Everyone has their definition of what happiness is. For some, it's always smiling all the time and being carefree. For others, it's having some semblance of contentment.
As such, happiness has been the subject of many quotes and tidbits of wisdom. We are going to share some of the best quotes we can find, along with some commentary.
They say that ignorance is bliss, and that the smarter you are, the more pessimistic you are as a result. Of course, this can vary. If you're happy all the time, it doesn't mean that you're unintelligent. Some people look on the bright side of things despite being knowledgeable. Others realize that adding happiness to the world may be the cure for all of the world's ills. Either way, if you're educated and happy, then you have the best of both worlds going on.
"Happiness is a warm puppy."
―Charles M. Schulz
One thing that can increase our happiness has a pet. Most aren't going to lose happiness after their puppy is licking all over them, or their cat curls up next to them and starts purring. Your pets care for you, no matter how sad you're feeling, and they'll always be there to cheer you up.
This sounds like a paradox, but it's true. If you are happy all the time, you can't appreciate the emotion. However, if you're upset, and then you find happiness, the feeling is so relieving. Like finding water in a desert, or going to sleep after pulling an all-nighter. Once you have this feeling, don't let it go.
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Anonymous
This quote has been attributed to various people, most famously, Dr. Seuss. It's another example of trying to look on the bright side of things despite what happened. For example, you're going on a vacation; you may feel a bit upset once the vacation is over and you go back to reality. However, you should also be happy that you got to have the experience that you did. Think of it as a bittersweet moment.
"The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up."
For most people, making others happy makes you happy in turn. When you give someone a present, their happiness rubs off of you. If you're feeling unhappy, why not try doing something for a friend, family member, or your lover? You might find your spirits rising the moment a smile is on their face.
What Bennett is talking about here is mindfulness. Many of us think about the past. We are upset over our past mistakes, and we wish we could turn back time and change what was wrong. Meanwhile, we worry about the future. We think about all the scenarios in our heads that may happen, and what we imagine is often worse than what the future holds. A happy person is one who looks at the here and now and takes action in the present. And don't get us wrong; it's fine to think about the past on occasion so you can learn from your mistakes, and it's great if you want to plan for the future. However, dwelling on both and not looking at what's in front of you can be a bit worrisome.
"I think and think and think, I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it."
― Jonathan Safran Foer
Overthinking things is usually an action that leads to unhappiness. We worry if no one will like us, or if someone is mad at us because they're taking too long to respond to a text. However, most of the time, they're not upset at us, and we just overthought things. It's one of the reasons why an intelligent person is so upset because they can overthink. However, you can be intelligent and still not overthink things. It's all about the balance in this situation.
"Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence."
Here's one for the philosophers. We all want to know what the goal of humanity is, and ultimately, the goal is to be happy. Everyone wants a comfortable life where they don't have to worry about surviving, and they're mentally stimulated throughout. Of course, many of our conflicts arise because one person has a different interpretation of happiness than the other.
Wanting what other people have is a classic struggle of humanity. It's considered a sin in many religions for a reason. While envy can be a motivator to go out and accomplish something, for many, it holds people back. You dwell on everything that other people have, and you forget about what you have yourself, and you don't realize you may have it made.
"Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don't respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved."
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Roy Bennett is on a roll with these happiness quotes. This is true as well. Many of us pursue people who don't care about us. That isn't to say that your friendship isn't going to have its ups and downs, but if your so-called friend never pays attention to you and makes no effort to be with you, then you may want to search for someone else to be friends with.
For ages, humans have used humor as a way to cope with their fears. We laugh in the face of death. We make humor out of tragedies. Laughter is the ultimate coping mechanism for many, and by smiling at your phobias instead of screaming, it makes your phobias less powerful.
"Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called "All the Things That Could Go Wrong."
Most people think that they were happier when they were a child. Of course, this can depend on some circumstances, but for the most part, your childhood seems happier than your adulthood. That is because children tend to be more mindful. They don't dwell on the future. Instead, they live in the here and now and do not think about the consequences too much. It's not too late to change that mindset, though.
Shame is perhaps one of the big reasons why people are not happy with themselves. If you feel ashamed of something you enjoy, you're not going to have much happiness from it. However, if you don't feel shame for what you do, even if it's considered weird by society, then you'll be much happier. The point is to enjoy your life and not care what other people think about it.
Setting your expectations too high is one of the reasons why people aren't happy. If you overhype a movie, and it doesn't end up living to the hype, you're upset. On the other hand, if you go into the movie with more moderate expectations, you're probably going to end up happier. There are some things in life that you should have expectations for, but by lowering your expectations for things that don't matter, you'll end up happier than you would if they didn't live up to your high expectations.
There are many ways you can improve your happiness, but sometimes, you need a little extra assistance. Some problems are difficult for people to deal with, and by seeking counseling, you can make the problem much better.
We know the cliché of life being too short, but it is. If you're not spending your time striving to be happy, you're going to live a life with regret. If you have problems, talk to someone today and see what the best route you can take is. No one can be happy all the time, but they can be as happy as possible.