How many things do we need to be Happy? Fewer than we think. In fact, doesn't it sometimes seem like the more stuff we have the less happiness we feel. More stuff means more that we have to take care of, more that can suddenly go wrong on us. Too much clutter can hide what inspires us. With a positive approach we can clearly define what we need to have a life full of happiness and love.
We can't get everything we think we want to make us happy, but we can readjust our thinking to find the riches we already have. What brings the most happiness to your life?
A Kind Heart
"Follow your heart and happiness will follow."
~ Michael Lee
"Some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
"The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind."
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation
I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part
of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon
~ Martha Washington
"Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery."
~ Anne Frank
"In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself." ~ Anonymous
"Happiness is like a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It comes and sits softly on your shoulder."
~ Henry David Thoreau
The Worth of Happiness
"Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think."
~ Dale Carnegie
"Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel towards what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much."
~ W. D. Hoard
"Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace or happiness."
~ Henrik Ibsen
"Money can't buy happiness, but it does quiet the nerves."
"Money can't buy happiness; it can, however, rent it."
"It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness."
~ Thomas Jefferson
"The greedy search for money or success will almost always lead men into unhappiness. Why? Because that kind of life makes them depend upon things outside themselves."
~ André Maurois
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"If we'd only stop trying to be happy, we'd have a pretty good time"
~ Edith Wharton
"Happiness is the intoxication produced by the moment of poise between a satisfactory past and an immediate future, rich with promise."
~ Ella Maillart
Inspiring Happy Quotes
"Some pursue happiness — others create it."
"There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness."
~ Lady Marguerite Blessington
"Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get."
~ Dale Carnegie
"There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness."
~ Sir John Buchan
"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a
conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness, of course, is
not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuos intoxicating
party. Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that
comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are
making a difference for good in the world."
~ Ernest A. Fitzgerald
"The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour"
"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing."
~ William Butler Yeats
9 Keys To Happiness
"Nine keys to contentment
Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength enough to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbors.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real things of God.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future."
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Take Action &hearts Let happiness in
"Happiness often sneaks through a door you didnt know you left open"
~ John Barrymore
"All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it , dont sit looking at it - walk"
~ Ann Rand
"The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself."
~ Benjamin Franklin
"The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved —
loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves."
~ Victor Marie Hugo
"May your troubles be less and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door."
~ Irish Blessing
"Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead."
~ Scottish Proverb
"A merchant’s happiness hangs upon chance, winds, and waves."
~ Japanese Saying
He that cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good.
~ Jewish Proverb
"When ambition ends, happiness begins"
~ Hungarian Proverb
"Its not the man who has too little, but the man that craves more, that is poor."
What Happiness Is
"Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens."
~ Douglas Jerrold
"The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from
worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love.
Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done
by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised."
~ H. C. Mattern
of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."
~ George Santayana
How to Be Happy
"Let us be thankful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
~ Marcel Proust
“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and
wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to
~ Mary Roberts Reinhart
"Most folks are as happy as they make their mind up to be."
~ Abraham Lincoln
More Inspirational Quotes
I have collected quotations from some of the worlds greatest thinkers on living well. The hope is that the wisdom of these inspiring quotes help you find the beauty and strength to face each day with a positive outlook.
Shari (author) from New York, NY on January 01, 2012:
sunkentreasure- beautiful words, thanks for sharing!
BERNARD LEVINE from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA on January 01, 2012:
SECRETS OF HAPPINESS By BERNARD LEVINE
Kindness is the most
beautiful jewel in the world.
Love means having consideration
for each other.
The seeds you sow today
will be your fruit of tomorrow.
Fill your day with prayer
and your life with blessings.
Happiness is contentment
Find a dream to follow
that will stimulate your mind.
Make laughter your partner
Be prepared to fight
for what you want or believe in.
Remember - every day is a new beginning.
© Bernard Levine
Shari (author) from New York, NY on November 01, 2011:
naturalsolutions - I am happy how about you?
naturalsolutions on September 20, 2011:
Very useful hub, all of the quotes has their own definition of happiness. It's somehow funny because each line past to my mind.
You've done a really great blog. Cheer up!
Shari (author) from New York, NY on November 15, 2010:
WriteItAlready, so happy you landed here. Welcome to HP!
WriteItAlready from Texas on November 15, 2010:
I love quotes...especially Happy Quotes! I am new to Hub Pages and this is a great place to start the day!
Shari (author) from New York, NY on June 16, 2010:
Epi - how you make me smile and always bring the brightest sunshine to my day. You are one of my favorite Hubbers ever and not just cause you say such nice things, it is your hubs that are not only entertaining and fun but they go as deep as the deepest waters! Thanks for your kind words and your visit:)
epigramman on June 15, 2010:
when I think of beauty quotes and when I think of happiness quotes I just think of quoting 'wavegirl22'
not only because she looks like 22 in her profile picture but there are 22 different ways of saying how wonderful it is to have her here at HUBPAGES:
the first five are today and will continue for the next few days .....
1. she is kind and considerate to others
2. she has an open-mind and a good sense of humor
3. she has the gift of giving
4. and the gift of sharing
5. her soul is pure and deep
Shari (author) from New York, NY on April 29, 2010:
Rebecca E. - so happy you stopped by . who knew we were even following each other . .lol . .Glad you liked this one. . it put me in a happy mood putting it together!
Rebecca E. from Canada on April 29, 2010:
As always some great quotes, fo course this is bookmakred for reference when i feel down!
Shari (author) from New York, NY on April 29, 2010:
~ jill - I just love when you come to say Hi. .you always make me feel so good and boost my confidence that I am doing a good job! And what is even better I saw your one of your quote Hubs last night. . and your quotes are wonderful and your pictures are breathtaking!
~ Natasha. .. oh how I have missed you. . but life was soooo very busy last week .. and dont you ever be embarassed of not reading my Hubs hot off the press. . with your schedule these days I am surprised you even get here as fast as you do!! Like you I am way way behind on my challenge but I am going to make it,. . I am I am! And I know you will too! LOL you like my NFL Hubs. . .ha I love football. . but I need to write some that dont take so much analyzing . .so time consuming. . .and not a great idea for the challenge. . !!!
And so back to the Hub drawing board. . so happy to see you . .you have put a huge smile on my face. .as you always do :)
englightenedsoul on April 28, 2010:
Your hub really made my morning Shari. I have read it 3 times now and would probably read it 2 more times after I post this comment. No need to say that I am bookmarking this hub and rating it. I am embarassed that I did not read this hub before as it has been 3 days and I have missed something important. I am way behind on my challenge now so gotta keep producing hubs. Also I have read your other two hubs on NFL and I really liked it. Infact I liked it so much that I don't have words right now to comment. I think it will take me a day or two.
Thanks for sharing dear and how are you? It's been long and I missed you.
jill of alltrades from Philippines on April 28, 2010:
Wow! What a happy hub! I was smiling all throughout!
I also love collecting quotes and have 2 hubs about these.
Thank you for sharing this wavegirl!
Shari (author) from New York, NY on April 28, 2010:
:) Hypno .. what a wonderful way to start my day out with a beautiful comment from you .. the complete definition of happiness ;) oh and yes I definitely rock and I sure can roll!!!
Andrew from Italy on April 28, 2010:
The "If you want happiness for an hour" picture is wonderful, and so true. Another very good article wavegirl. You rock! :)
Rated and stumbled.
Shari (author) from New York, NY on April 27, 2010:
THAnks drbj - that happens to be one of my most favories!I just can never get enough quotes it seems. . the best is when my now 20 years old daughter regurgitates then back to me!
Always happy to see you here!
drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 27, 2010:
Thank you, wavegirl, for including one of my favorite quotes: "Some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
I often start a speech on maintaining a positive attitude with that very quote and it has a powerful, positive effect on a group. Great hub.
Shari (author) from New York, NY on April 27, 2010:
~ samboiam - I love that quote from ~ H. C. Mattern . thanks for sharing that .. and thank you for you very flattering comment. . I am more than touched by your words!
~ jai - happy to see you . . Ha ha! that is an understatement ;) I dont think any hub of mine would be complete without a word or two from you :))))
~ Polly C - at the end of the day . .in the middle of the day and everywhere in between . .happy is what we all strive for and yes it takes a lot less to really be happy than most think. Thanks for sharing and your words made me very very happy!
~ Mike Lickteig - and thank you for sharing that Seneca quote! A really good one and I am glad that now you have enhanced this hub even more. .thank you for that.
~ billyaustindillon - seeing you once again really makes me smile and like Mike above I thank you for sharing one of your favorites. . the more the 'merrier'!!!
~ Nady - thanks for visiting and leaving such a positive comment.:)
~ Ann - what can I say except I am ALWAYS happy to see you. And I am so glad that this one made you smile ;)))
~ lorlie6 - nothing makes me happier than when someone likes this enough to bookmark it! How are you doing??? I will stop by later to see you ;)
~ Sandy - thanks for making me smile;)
~ entertaiment - and thank you for your always uplifting hellos and comments!
~ Boo - we all need a little love and lots of smiles. . hoping you are doing well and are Happy! Nice to see you .. I have truly missed you :)
~ Chris. . ha ha always making me work a bit more .. and all I can think right now is . happy does as happy is .. lol whatever that means;)
~ anglnwu - I think my friend I am going to quote you on that for your words are always more than inspiring. And seeing you always always makes me happy! Jia Yu!
~ Sky - thanks for the add. . you know I did have that one on my list but I guess somewhere I missed it. . maybe it was so that you can do the add on that one. Thanks for the visit my star gazing friend!
~ billy - as always you have great things to add and share. Love that you love quotes as much as me ;)
~ pretty - and I am right behind you cheering you on! Thanks as always for the smile you put on my face:)
prettydarkhorse from US on April 27, 2010:
Nice ones wave, and your hubs are just happy hubs and inspirational, I am cheering you up, Maita
billyaustindillon on April 26, 2010:
My favorite - the flip side is if you are going to be a miserable b%%^ you will become a miserable b%%^^
( "In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself." ~ Anonymous
skyfire on April 26, 2010:
One more quote from Leo tolstoy : "If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy"
anglnwu on April 26, 2010:
Wow to the power of infinity. So terribly inspiring, it makes all my troubles seem so trivial. I love all your quotes. I always love your choice of visuals but this hub far exceeds expectation. Thanks for taking the time to search the world over for quotes.If we live one happy quote a day, we'll never be sad. Jia Yu!
Chris from Atlanta, GA on April 26, 2010:
Love your happy quotes, Wave!! What is Shari's quote for happiness??? If you were to be 'quoted'? :)
LizzyBoo from Czech Republic on April 26, 2010:
Hello Shari-I enjoyed your hub. Exactly what I needed. Well done. Keep thinking of you all the time my american barbie doll! xoxoxoxoxoxox LizzyBoo-the spoiler
entertianmentplus from United States on April 26, 2010:
What a feel good hub. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on April 26, 2010:
Wonderful quotes and hub.
Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on April 26, 2010:
Thank you wavegirl! I created a new bookmark specifically for this hub-'Inspirational.'
Ann Nonymous from Virginia on April 25, 2010:
I am already feeling better wavegirl! I love this hub and you have some great pictures to embellish it. Well done!
Nady from Toronto on April 25, 2010:
what a happy hub. Thx, I enjoyed reading it.
billyaustindillon on April 25, 2010:
So many great quotes - I had to pick one as a favorite. "It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness, of course, is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuos intoxicating party. Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are making a difference for good in the world."
~ Ernest A. Fitzgerald
I love this about life having meaning and inner peace - something to truly strive for.
Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on April 25, 2010:
Nice hub. A quote I like is: "If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions but subtract from his desires." --Seneca
Thanks for sharing.
Polly C from UK on April 25, 2010:
Wonderful quotes, and at the end of the day, everyone is searching for happiness. I definitely believe that happiness comes from the way you perceive what you have, not what you actually have. After all, the most powerful thing of all is the power of our own minds.
Interestingly, I can recall there was a study fairly recently concerning happiness and money. Apparently, we only need around £20,000 per year (per household) to be happy, and the rest is up to us. Actually, that is not much at all, not even the average salary.
I also remember that the happiest place on earth is supposedly Bhutan, which is very far removed from a Western lifestyle.
Jai Warren from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas on April 25, 2010:
Are you HAPPY to see me? :) Your quote Hubs are always inspirational. Happiness isn't an emotion, it's a decision. An emotion is fleeting, happiness should be forever. Being content with who, what and where you are is pure happiness. Hope all is well, Ciao!
samboiam from Texas on April 25, 2010:
The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised."
~ H. C. Mattern
I really enjoyed this. Great job. But what else is to be expected when it comes to your hubs.