What is Happiness?

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Happiness. It’s something that we all want, but do we really appreciate what makes us happy? Like the concept of “success“, it is perhaps best that we understand what makes us happy, if only so that we don’t fall into the trap of chasing someone else’s version of the word.

The following are 10 quotes that each, in my opinion, give a key insight into what happiness really is:


“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand

Living in harmony

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

Something that must come from within

“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.” – Ramona L. Anderson

Enjoying today

“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.” – Margaret Bonnano

A state of mind

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Is something that comes naturally

“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.” – W. Beran Wolfe

Experiencing both pleasure and meaning

“Happiness is the overall experience of pleasure and meaning” – Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier

Lies in the thrill of creative effort

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Appreciating what we have

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” – Federick Keonig

The meaning of life

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” – Aristotle

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So then, what does happiness mean to you?

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