20 Happiness Quotes for World Happiness Day

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What is World Happiness Day?

Have you ever heard of the International Day of Happiness, also known as World Happiness Day? World Happiness Day is a holiday established by the United Nations to recognize the importance of happiness and overall well-being globally. I recently learned about this event while scrolling aimlessly on Twitter. People need happiness more than ever, thanks to the pandemic and the racial tensions occurring worldwide. In honor of World Happiness Day, I decided to round up my favorite 20 happiness quotes from motivational speakers, authors, writers, and more.


My Favorite Happiness Quotes


For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

Abraham Lincoln

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony

Mahatma Gandhi

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

John Lennon

Take responsibility for your own happiness. Never put it in other people’s hands.

Roy T. Bennett

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

Sylvia Plath

Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.

Ayn Rand

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.

Mother Teresa

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Aristotle

Check Out These Affirmations and Quotes

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”

Robert Frost

 If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

Maya Angelou

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.

George Sand

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

Guillaume Apollinaire

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.

John Barrymore

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.

Baruch Spinoza

No medicine cures what happiness cannot.

Gabriel García Márquez

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for

Tom Bodett

Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things

Walt Disney

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

Anne Frank

Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well-lived.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Why is Happiness Important?

Did you know that being happy is linked to better decision-making and improved creativity.

Happy people typically tend to be more successful than unhappy people. So, rather than success being the key to happiness, research shows that happiness could in fact be the key to success. Also, happiness comes with health benefits such as an improved immune system and overall mood. Like any emotion, it’s important to regulate and track the people and things that make you happy. This will allow you to use it when you’re feeling down and as a form of self-care.

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7 thoughts on “20 Happiness Quotes”

  1. These are really great quotes! I especially agree with the ones that talk about happiness being a state of mind and a way of life. Once I said this in a different phrasing to a friend, “if you consider it as a positive thing, it will be positive” and he said that really changes his perspective on things. We all need these quotes to remind ourselves from time to time 🙂

  2. Absolutely love these quotes on happiness, what it means to be happy, and why it is so important! It makes me look at my own happiness, what truly makes me happy, and how I can continue to live a happy and fulfilling life.

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