I am sure you agree with me that some folks are born with what we called “sunny disposition.” They seem to be cheerful all the time, regardless of whatever situations they are in.
These happy people don’t have to work hard at it, to be happy.
According to research psychologist and University of California professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky in her book “The How of Happiness: A New Approach To Getting The Life You Want“, 50 percent of our happiness are controlled by our genes. 10 percent by life circumstances, and 40 percent by what we do and how we think.
In other words, the secret to achieve happiness, lies in the 40 percent which we can decide to be happy.
She went on to share with us that happy people do not just sit around being contented. They make things happen. They pursue new understandings, seek new achievements, and control their thoughts and feelings.
Now, let’s take a look at this list of happiness quotes to open your heart and mind.
“I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.” – William Shakespeare
“Those who wish to sing, always find a song.” – Swedish Proverb
“To be happy you must be your own sunshine.” – Charles Edward Jerningham (The Maxims of Marmaduke)
“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” – Maxim Gorky
“No man is happy who does not think himself so. – Publilius syrus
.“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle
“If you want a simpler and happier, then desire less.” – by Quotationize
“He who has no wish to be happier is the happiest of men.” – W. R. Alger
“A laugh is the shortest distance between two people.” – Victor Borge
“Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” – Bernard Meltzer
“Wish to be happier? Stop wishing what you don’t have.” – by Quotationize
“It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.” – Unknown
“Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.” – Chinese Proverb
“When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.” – Oscar Wilde
“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
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” – Hugh Downs
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie
“Anybody who thinks money will make you happy, hasn’t got money.” – David Geffen
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Openheim
“We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.” – Charles Bukowski
“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Notes from Underground)
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle
“He who strives for happiness is a fool. The wise man makes happiness for another.” – Edwin Leibfreed
“We are most happy when least aware of happiness.” – Ivan Panin (Thoughts)
“He is truly a happy man who can, upon all occasions, reconcile himself to his fortune.” – Norman Macdonald (Maxims and Moral Reflections)
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
“The only true happiness lies in knowing who you are and making peace with it.” – Laurell K. Hamilton (Narcissus in Chains)
“Happy people not necessary have the best life, but definitely they have the best attitudes.” – by Quotationize
“He that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so.” – Charles Caleb Colton (Lacon: Or, Many Things in Few Words: Addressed to Those who Think)
“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” – Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca)
“Worldly happiness is like a golden palace, but with no entrance.” –
Edward Cousel (Maxims)
“The wretched are in this respect fortunate, that they have the strongest yearnings after happiness; and to desire is in some sense to enjoy.” – William Hzalitt
“He is the happiest man who can set the end of his life in connection with the beginning.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe)
“Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
“The farther from truth, the farther from happiness.” – Edward Counsel (Maxims: political, philosophical and moral)
“Happiness is like your shadow. Run after it and you will never catch it, but keep your face to the sun and it will follow you.” – Croft M. Pentz (The Complete Book of Zingers)
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” – Seneca
“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” – Osho (Everyday Osho: 365 Daily Meditations for the Here and Now)
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