What is happiness? Where do you find it? How is it measured? Humanity has been asking these questions and seeking the answer since the very beginning. Here are some varying thoughts from men and women who come from some very different places and spaces. Read, ruminate, consider and smile.



Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.  ~Audrey Hepburn

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.  ~C. S. Lewis

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.  ~C. S. Lewis

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.  ~Thomas Jefferson

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.  ~Helen Keller

Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.  ~Napoleon Hill

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
~Dale Carnegie

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.  ~Dale Carnegie

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.  ~Jim Rohn

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.  ~Marcus Aurelius

The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.  ~Carl Jung

A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.  ~Soren Kierkegaard

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.  ~Billy Graham

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.  ~Leo Buscaglia

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