"You can't eat happiness
You can't buy it. You can't wear it.
You can't drive it, or drink it, or sell it, or steal it.
You can't lock it away. You can't negotiate for it.
You can't win it, you can't marry it, you can't inherit it,
you can't cheat it. You can't smoke it, or inject it,
or rent it or borrow it. You can't campaign for it
or beg for it, or talk other people into giving you theirs."
"You can live happiness. You can create it. You can be it.
You can give it to others. You can enjoy it. You can share it.
You can claim it. You can have as much as you wish.
You can enjoy it as much as you want, at any time,
under any circumstance. You can work with it,
play with it, worship, travel, eat, and sleep with it.
Happiness is yours to live and yours to give, if only you will.
It comes from the inside, and the best way to experience
it is to get it flowing out."
"Forget about trying and striving to get happy.
Just decide to be happy, and happiness is yours."
– Ralph Marston
"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
– Joseph Addison
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
"A person will be just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
– Abraham Lincoln
"Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."
– Og Mandino
"Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it."
– Don Herold
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
– Oscar Wilde
"Pleasure has its price.
But happiness is free."
– Nils Kjaer
"Happiness is a question of good health and a bad memory."
– Ingrid Bergman
"Happiness stems from a clear conscience."
– Indian Proverb
"The most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy."
– Hunter "Patch" Adams
"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy."
"Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length."
– Robert Frost
"The full use of your powers along lines of excellence."
– John F. Kennedy
when asked for his definition of happiness
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
– Walter Bagehot
"Practice being happy whenever and as much as possible! Being happy makes you feel good!"
"You are always already happy. The reason you don't experience it is that it's covered up by layers of suppressed emotions and negative thoughts. Shift your attention and your inherent happiness flashes forth."
– Steve Ross
"There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way."
– The Buddha
"The recipe for happiness is to accept completely whatever comes and don't care about what doesn't."
– Steve Ross
"To me, happiness is traveling.
Not really "me" traveling, but my Heartsongs traveling.
When the songs in my heart travel out and around the world
In the things that I say and in the poems and stories that I write
And in the prayers that I feel to God,
And when the letters and words of those Heartsongs bring some
Peace to the countries and people who have war in their lives,
That is real happiness to me."
– Mattie J.T. Stepanek
"Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap."
– William Bennett
"Getting what you go after is success; but liking it while you are getting it is happiness."
– Bertha Damon
"Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them."
– Robert R. Updegraff
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."
– Denis Waitley