50 ‘happy quotes’ from thinkers who sought happiness

Unveiling the secret of happiness - one hoogah at a time!

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What is the meaning of life? What will bring happiness? What do the happiest people do? We are seeking the same answers with you. 

That’s our aim with the ‘happy quotes collection. We are turning to the leading thinkers of the world to help us answer the age old question – ‘what makes us happy?’

ULTIMATE HAPPY QUOTES COLLECTION

Be in harmony

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi | myhoogah
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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”​

 Identify and jot down 3 things that gave you happiness today

Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times

It's on you

" Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think" - Dale Carnegie
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“Happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.”

When things aren’t going right, you go left. A change of perspective makes every problem clearer!

Dale Carnegie’s fellow students often paid him to coach them in public speaking

Practice compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama
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“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Compassion is key to happy relationships. That includes the one you have with yourself too. Take it easy on yourself today.  

You can follow the Dalai Lama on Facebook and Twitter

A lifelong journey

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a byproduct of a life well-lived.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
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“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a byproduct of a life well-lived.”

List down two things you did for ‘others’ that made you happy.

The happiest day of Eleanor’s life was when she made it into her private school’s hockey team!

Beauty of happy

” I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.” - Audrey Hepburn
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” I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

Wake up to some sunlight on your face and soak in all that Vitamin D. That’s a sure recipe for happiness!

Audrey was a member of the Dutch resistance during WW2! Beautiful & so, so brave! 

Be happy anyway

“If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.” - Mother Teresa
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“If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.”

Don’t set yourself on fire to keep other people warm. Remember that your happiness is your own!

Mother Teresa refused the $192,000 Nobel Banquet buffet and donated to the poor of India

Secret of happiness

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” - Aristotle
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“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” 

Make a list of at least ten things you’re grateful for.

When Aristotle didn’t inherit the role of director from his teacher Plato, he started a new school called Lyceum!  

Your own actions

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

 

 

Set a smile goal – decide to be happy no matter what comes your way.

Abraham Lincoln was the tallest President ever! (6 ft 4 inches)

Just be, ok?

“If you want to be happy, be.” - Leo Tolstoy
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“If you want to be happy, be.”

Start adopting healthy habits! Drink 8 glasses of water to stay hydrated.  

Tolstoy was a self-betterment junkie!

Beauty everywhere

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“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

Take out some time to cherish the birds chirping outside. Chirp alert from happy quotes!

Anne Frank rewrote her diary after listening to a BBC broadcast

Keep going

“Optimist: Person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness” - Mark Twain
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“Optimist: Person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness”

List out all the things that don’t bring you joy. Give them away, throw them or reuse them in a way that brings you happiness!

Mark Twain had dropped out of school in 5th grade

Pursuit of happiness

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” - Benjamin Franklin
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“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

Just have fun! Whoever said adulting has to be boring?

Benjamin Franklin also doubled as Mrs. Silence Dogood – a column writing widow with opinions on marriage, fashion and even women’s rights!

Calm is joy

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” - Benjamin Franklin
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“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”

Be as unproductive as you possibly can.

Albert Einstein once declined the offer to become the second president of Israel

Happy love quotes

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

Tell your loved ones how much you love them and that you’re grateful they exist.

She was related to Augustus II the Strong – King of Poland

Let go now

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
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“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.”

Wake up to acceptance today. Identify two worries you cannot fix at the moment and let them go! 

He has been on the Oprah show

Weathering happy

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy.” - Albert Camus
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“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy.”

Do that laundry you’ve been putting off all week. And when you want to give up, remind yourself that new clothes are not the answer!

He’s the second-youngest winner of the Nobel Prize in literature

'Happy'

“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’.” - John Lennon
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“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’.”

Sit down with your kid today and do something fun.

Lennon wanted to write a children’s book

We are family

“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family” - Thomas Jefferson
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“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family”

Plan an impromptu family evening today! Yea, these happy quotes have that effect, wink 😉

Thomas Jefferson was also an archaeologist

Always a choice

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice” - Jim Rohn
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“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice”

Happy quotes sleep alert! Go to bed with a light heart and an easier mind. Allow yourself a peaceful sleep.

Jim Rohn grew up on a farm

Smile check

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

Identify three things that are worrying you today and enlist your best friend or mom to help you understand the problems better! 

He started writing after he read an incorrect translation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis

Each happy step

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” - Franklin Roosevelt
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“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Do something creative today – paint a picture, learn a new language, take up a new course!

He is and forever will be the longest-serving US President

Open your door

“Often, we look so long at the closed door of happiness, that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” - Helen Keller
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“Often, we look so long at the closed door of happiness, that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

Who are the people you’re grateful for in your life? Tell them how grateful you are for their existence!

Hellen Keller loved hot dogs

Every second counts

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness”

Look up three things you can do to keep your anger in check when things aren’t going right.

Louisa May Alcott had a crush on him

Fight it out

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness” - Ayn Rand
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“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness”

Steal an afternoon for yourself today! It could mean playing truant from work, ignoring your family and sneaking off on a drive.

She once played an extra in a Cecile B. DeMille movie

Good night folks

“Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.” - Robert Heinlein
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“Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.”

Take out a good two hours and give yourself the nap you deserve!

 He’s one of the big three scifi writers

Serving happiness

“The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve” - Albert Schweitzer
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“The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve”

Identify someone or anyone you can help and try to help them out!

He was once a priest 

Let's balance

“The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness” - Carl Jung
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“The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness”

Appreciate 3 things you had to go through that got you where you are now! (Psst: After reading these happy quotes, you will have a truckload of gratitude! )

He wrote a book about UFOs

Cast word spells

“Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair” - Sigmund Freud
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“Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair”

Recognise and appreciate three things you love about yourself

He had therapy dogs and was the first to promote the healing powers of puppets too! 

Compounding happy

“Happiness never decreases by being shared” - Gautam Buddha
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“Happiness never decreases by being shared”

List out three extremely joyous moments with your family and relive them over some hot chocolate!

He was born a prince

It always follows

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“Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.”

Identify two spots in your house that give you a sense of joy.

He figured out the concept of Flow by playing chess in an Italian prison?

It's love all

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“Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest”

Identify three things you’re hard on yourself about and how you want to take care of those problems.

He’s given almost 800 free concerts around the world

Wrap around

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“Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside it.”

Identify one food item that makes you happy and share it with your family!

His full name was Gibran Kahlil Gibran

Happy blooms

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“Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom”

Figure out a fitness routine that works for you.

He’s an all time best selling poet

Soul blossoms

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

List down a fun activity that you and your loved ones can indulge in together

He wrote the longest sentence ever published

Growing old together

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“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come”

Revive those old board game nights with your family.

He’s contributed around 3000 words to the English dictionary

Of song & merry

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world”

Try to get done with work a little early today to get an extra hour of play time

23rd March is Tolkien Reading Day

Well spent indeed

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“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”

What are the two things you’re grateful for accomplishing today? List them down

Da Vinci was a military engineer

A forever thing

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“A happy youth, and their old age is beautiful and free.”

List down three things from your past that you’ll be proud of till the day you die. Celebrate them with ice cream!

He and his company built their own theater

Our own actions

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“If I am unhappy, it has been of my own making, and that very thing shows that I can be happy if I will.”

Buy yourself some flowers to cheer you up!

He was an atheist for the longest time

Gift wrapped

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“Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes”

List down three things you’re looking forward to for tomorrow and will them into happening

His last novel is a mystery that has been reworked multiple times

Happy colours

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“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”

Cheer up someone you can’t do without. We suggest giving your help a day off or paying for the next stranger at your local drive-thru!

She was the first black woman to conduct a cable car in San Fran

All unknowns

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“Be happy, because you don’t know where you came from and you don’t know where you will be going.”

Steal some ‘me’ time! Even if it’s just 15 minutes, put on your favorite playlist and be a little selfish!

 Khayyam was a poet and a mathematician

Simple joys

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“Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness”

Treat yourself to a little fresh air and the spiritual experience of a sunset today

He was a professor by 24

100% sure

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“The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

Buy or cook two meals and give it to the less fortunate. Add a dash of hot coffee and warm love !

There are around 730 streets in the USA named after him

Yea, no difference

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“It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb.”

Identify a struggle that dragged you out but you thoroughly enjoyed the process. Note down some of the things you learned from it and how it’s stayed with you.

Oprah is the first black woman billionaire

It's right under

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“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet”

We recommend cooking, drawing and crafting to be more mindful and focused in the moment!

He was the founder of ‘The Seven Arts’, an important early 20th-century literary magazine.

Happy snoozes

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“Happiness is waking up, looking at the clock and finding that you still have two hours left to sleep”

Schedule your cab and organize your outfit for tomorrow. Pull an extra half hour of sleep!

His childhood nickname Sparky was also from a comic

Ain't no money

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“Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it”

Get out there and give someone something to be happy about. We’re talking food, clothes – even better some time!

Jane Austen often brewed her own beer

The little things

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” - Marcus Aurelius
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“Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”

What can you absolutely not live without? Take out some time to take better care of them

Marcus Aurelius co-ruled with his adoptive brother Lucius Verus

Whenever wherever

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“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go”

Who makes your heart lighter?  Keep them close! Don’t these happy quotes make you wanna call them now? Do it!

He only published one novel ever – ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’

It's right there

Happy Quotes by Denis Waitley
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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.”

Forget avocado toast and dalgona coffee! Enjoy the bliss of a soaked Parle G biscuit & chai!

He is the most-listened-to-voice on personal and career achievement.

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