Are you looking for a way to lift your mood and feel happier about your life?
You can’t buy happiness, but reflecting on these 10 happiness quotes might put a smile on your face and motivate you to live your life positively.
1. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius
Our thoughts control our emotions. For this matter, how can we expect to be happy if we’re always focusing on the negative aspects of life?
2. “Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” – Doris Mortman
You can have all the material possessions in the world, but if you don’t know and understand your true self, you’ll never be truly happy. Stop trying to impress others with your things and careers. Be content with who you are first, and everything else will fall into place.
3. “Act the way you WANT to feel.” – Gretchen Rubin
Challenge yourself to act happy for an entire day, week or month – even if you’re feeling low – and the results might shock you. Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project might sound a little far-fetched, as people often act according to how they feel. But there’s truth behind these words, and many psychologists agree that you can trick your mind into feeling better.
4. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
That’s life – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. And while it’s easy to lose yourself in the disappointment of a missed opportunity, it’s important to remember that the world is full of opportunities, and there are unlimited doors that you can walk through. Look ahead and stop dwelling on the past. For all you know, something better might lie around the corner.
5. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – William James
Do you hate your job? Are your finances in trouble? Do you and your partner have communication issues? These problems and others can kill your happiness. But there’s a bigger question: what are you doing – besides complaining – to improve situations that influence your mood? As James quoted, actively working to solve problems isn’t a guaranteed recipe for happiness. However, being proactive and getting to the root of problems can put you on the road toward happiness.
6. “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.” – Bette Midler
How true are these words? Granted, there will be those in your circle who happily scream your accomplishments from the rooftop. But for every cheerleader in your corner, there may be one or two people who silently resent your achievements.
7. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr Seuss
We can learn a lot from our past. And although certain experiences and challenges may cause temporary pain and sadness, the past can make us stronger and a bit more wiser.
8. “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” ― G.K Chesterton
It doesn’t get any simpler than this. The less you desire, the more content you’ll feel. Contentment is the state of happiness or satisfaction. It doesn’t mean you have everything you want, but you’re at least happy with what you have. Not to say you shouldn’t desire a house, a car and other things. But if you’re constantly chasing gold, you’ll never be satisfied.
9. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” - Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
There is no way to escape problems, as everyone deals with ups and downs. And yes, problems may bring sadness and anxiety. But the sooner you face and tackle your problems, the sooner you can move forward with your life. Don’t let problems be a roadblock to happiness.
10. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness is contagious. A giggle, a smile and a positive attitude has the power to transform moods. According to a study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, happiness can spread up to three degrees in social circles. Thus, the way you act not only affects you, but also those around you. Resolve to put on a happy face and you may inadvertently bring joy to another person.