In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
James M. Barrie
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.
Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.
If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.
Happiness is acceptance.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.
Dr. Robert Anthony
Happiness is a myth we seek,
If manifested surely irks;
Like river speeding to the plain,
On its arrival slows and murks.
For man is happy only in
His aspiration to the heights;
When he attains his goal, he cools
And longs for other distant flights.
Happiness is a state of activity.
Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
Charles Caleb Colton
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.