Quotes That Helped Me (Happiness Edition)

Today is the International Day of Happiness and no doubt social media is being flooded with posts and articles on how to stay positive and ways to find happiness, especially in the strange and unpredictable times we’re living in and coping with. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Learning how to find things that make you happy regardless of the circumstances you’re in is a good skill to have but I’m not sure I have anything new to add to the discussion at this point in time when I’m just focussing on taking things day by day. (I liked this article though, if you want a recommendation.) Plus, given everything going on in the world right now, it felt kind of wrong and in poor taste to write about being happy or trying to be happy when maybe that’s not the natural emotional place to be.

So instead, I thought I’d continue with my series of quote posts. I thought an opportunity to look at happiness from various different perspectives might be something I could contribute today. Here are some of the quotes I found…


“I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about.” – Taylor Swift

“All persons carry with them some means of happiness.” – James Lendall Basford

“Happiness is a form of courage.” – Holbrook Jackson

“Some pursue happiness, others create it.” – Unknown

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – William James

“Sometimes we don’t find the thing that will make us happy because we can’t give up the thing that was supposed to.” – Robert Brault

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” – Steve Maraboli

“I don’t think most people want to be unhappy. It’s just something they’ve gotten good at.” – Robert Brault

“Joy is not in things, it is in us.” – Charles Wagner

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” – Albert Camus

“Happiness is breathlessly chasing you.” – Terri Guillemets

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” – Charlotte Bronte

“Happiness pulses with every beat of my heart.” – Terri Guillemets

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

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

“I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.” – John Barrowman

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” – Sydney J. Harris

“All happiness depends on courage and work.” – Honoré de Balzac

“Even happiness worries sometimes.” – Terri Guillemets

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.” – C.S. Lewis

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha


I hope these were interesting – I kid you not: there are a lot of quotes about happiness out there to choose from. But these were the ones that resonated the most with me and so I thought they might resonate with you too.

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