Happiness Quotes – How to be Happy


Everyone wants to be happy.  Happiness is the ultimate goal for most of us but what defines happiness is very different for every individual.  Happiness is sometimes an elusive goal though.  What does it take to make you happy?  What are the things that happy people do and say?  What makes a happy person?  There are some things that are proven to increase happiness.  We actually have “happy” chemicals in our bodies that affect our moods and can make us either happy or sad.  There are some universal truths about happiness – habits that contribute to happiness.  If you can cultivate a few of these habits, your Happiness Quotient will increase!

Happy Habits

  1. Love
  2. Gratitude
  3. Thoughtfulness
  4. Awareness
  5. Politeness
  6. Kindness
  7. Generosity
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Mindfulness
  10. Fitness
  11. Tolerance
  12. Positive Thinking
  13. Healthy Eating

“Happiness choked my throat like an anthem. It flowed through me like a river from the beginning of the column to its end ” — Aharon Megged

“Happy as a pig in clover ” — American colloquialism

“Happy as a clam ” — American colloquialism, attributed to New England

“All happiness is a chance encounter and at every moment presents itself to you like a beggar by the roadside ” — André Gide

“Happiness, like the pink and white anemones of my childhood, is a flower that must not be picked ” — Andre Maurois

“Happiness, like air, is not something you can put in a bottle ” — Anonymous

“Happy as a dog with a bone ” — Anonymous

“The vicissitudes of life touch him [a happy man] lightly, like the wind in the aspen-tree ” — Anton Chekhov

“(In the midst of happiness grows a seed of unhappiness.) Happiness consumes itself like a flame. (It cannot burn forever) ” — August Strindberg

“A gay, light happiness, like bubbles in wine held up against the sun ” — Ben Ames Williams

“Elated as though he had stumbled on a treasure ” — Brian Moore

“Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts ” — Chinese proverb

“Happiness flits from branch to twig to branch like a hummingbird ” — Delmore Schwartz

“Live together … as happily as two lobsters in a saucepan, two bugs on a muscle ” — Dylan Thomas

“Happiness struck her like a shower of rain ” — Eudora Welty

“He loved happiness like I love tea ” — Eudora Welty

“I was like a river in flood … drowning in my own happiness, and buoyed up by it at the same time ” — Eugene Ionesco

“Glowed with happiness, like a child with expectations of a birthday party ” — Frank Swinnerton

“On the brink of our happiness we stop like someone on a drunk starting to weep ” — Galway Kinnell

“Happiness is like time and space; we make and measure it ourselves ” — George Du Maurier

“The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history ” — George Eliot

“Happy and thoughtless as an apple on a tree ” — George Garrett

“Happy as a couple of cherrystone clams ” — George Garrett

“The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken ” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Looking for happiness is like clutching the shadow or chasing the wind ” — Japanese proverb

“Happy as a tick in a dog’s ear ” — Jay Parini

“The happiness of the wicked passes away like a torrent ” — Jean Baptiste Racine

“Happiness is falling on us out of the sky … like a blanket of snow ” — Jean Giraudoux

“Moments of happiness hang like pearls on the finest silken thread, certain to be snapped, the pearls scattered away ” — Joan Chase

“Happiness as wholesome as honey on the comb ” — John Braine

“Looks like he is a kid holding his first puppy ” — John Wainwright

“I was high as taxes ” — Loren D. Estleman

“Happy as a butterfly in a garden full of sunshine and flowers ” — Louisa May Alcott

“The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick ” — Madame Swetchine

“Happy as a couple of linebackers after winning a high school game ” — Marge Piercy

“(I am )happy as a mother whose good baby sleeps ” — May Sarton

“Happy as a swallow ” — Richard Ford

“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn ” — Samuel Johnson

“Happy as trees that find a wind to sway them ” — Sara Teasdale

“Happiness … was there like light seen through moving leaves, like touching a warm stone ” — Sumner Locke Elliott

“Ecstatic as a scientist who had just discovered the key to immortality ” — Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

“Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated ” — Tryon Edwards

“Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine ” — Victor Hugo

“Happiness … descended upon her heart, like a cloud of morning dew in a dell of wild-flowers ” — Walter De La Mare

“When it [happiness] comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep ” — Willa Cather

“Happiness … filled her brain like wine ” — William Dean Howells

“Happy-looking as if he’s just heard the foreman say, “Not guilty” ” — William Slavens McNutt

“Happy as a lover ” — William Wordsworth


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