What does your pursuit of happiness look like? Where does happiness reside, or is it something you can locate within your own self? 

Happiness doesn't have to be elusive -- you can find it anywhere, at any time, and you can even do certain things to strengthen it.

Here are 17 quotes on happiness that will help you live a happier, more positive everyday life. 

1. "It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It's also a very clear way to happiness." -- Sheryl Sandberg 

2. "Desire only that things be the way they are and that things happen the way they happen. You'll always be content." -- Scott Curran

3. "Happiness increases the more you give it away. So the key to happiness is simple: make somebody else happy and happiness will find you." -- Jillian Hall

4. "The reason is that happiness exists independent of your circumstances; it's a feeling that you learn to live in." -- Richard Carlson

5. "Think of the happiness of others and in this you'll find your own." - Robert E Farley

6. "It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis." -- Margaret Bonnano

7. "Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are." -- Marianne Williamson

8. "Our brain actually works the other way around: By cultivating happiness, you'll be more creative, feel more connected, and be more productive. So by first focusing on what makes us happy, we become much better at everything we do!" -- Martin Nagle 

9. "The mere sense of living is joy enough." -- Emily Dickinson 

10. "Happiness is not something that should be pursued as an end result. Happiness and being contented in life should be the starting point." - Robert Herdman

11. "Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." -- Omar Khayyam

12. "If you are motivated by loving kindness and compassion, there are many ways to bring happiness to others right now, starting with kind speech." -- Thich Nhat Hanh 

13. "Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." -- Emory Austin

14. "True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed." -- Dalai Lama

15. "If you want to be happy, be." -- Leo Tolstoy 

16. "Happiness yesterday is nostalgia; happiness tomorrow is hope. Happiness can only exist right now." -- Steve Errey 

17. "Action may not always bring happiness. But there is no happiness without action." -- William James

Published on: Mar 8, 2019
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