12 Happiness Quotes That Will Prove Happiness is a Choice

For the longest time, I believed that ‘happiness is a destination’ and I’m gradually moving towards it. I thought once I achieve certain goals in my life, I will witness happiness as my dreams were reality then. And I tried hard to attain these goals so that I’ll be successful one day and ultimately will live a happy life. In the past few years, I checked hundreds of happiness quotes, read dozens of books on happiness and I finally realized a few things. Which are those? Let’s find out.

Like mentioned before, I really believed that I’ll have to work hard and put my blood, sweat, and tears to achieve goals. And when I’ll reach there, I would be happy. But, I was damn wrong. I wasted so many years of my life by believing in this concept. I am sure you may have believed this as well.

Is happiness not a destination?

While browsing the internet, one day I came across a term called ‘Positive Psychology’. I performed a Google search and read a few blogs on it. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It is a psychological science and practice which is related to strength and weakness.

After researching on this topic, I discovered a few life lessons. And, I am going to share those lessons with you. But before we move further, have a look at these amazing happiness quotes which will instantly bring a smile to your face.

Best Happiness Quotes

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

~ Abraham Lincoln


“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

~ Mahatma Gandhi


“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”

~ W.P. Kinsella


“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”

~ Ayn Rand


“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.

~ William James


Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

~ Ludwig Jacobowski


Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

~ Marthe Troly-Curtin


I am very happy because I have conquered myself and not the world. I am very happy because I have loved the world and not myself.

~ Sri Chinmoy


What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.

~ Colette


If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.

~ Roy T. Bennet


Happiness drives success, not the other way around

I was really shocked when I discovered that it’s happiness that drives success. Success is an external factor and it’s not in our control. On the other hand, happiness is relatively manageable. When you feel happy, you unknowingly trigger more of the learning centers in the brain. And as a result of which, you utilize most of the capacity of your brain.

You will perceive more creativity and productivity when you are happy. Your concentration also improves in such a mood. And ultimately, it will help you complete the tasks more efficiently and attain your goals. So, instead of chasing success, focus on becoming happier.

Happiness is a daily choice

Like I mentioned earlier, happiness is not a destination. Why? If happiness was a destination in your life, you would have stopped right there when you felt happier last time. But, you move further and continue your life journey. If happiness was a destination, its journey would have ended long ago as you have already experienced happiness countless times in your entire life.

On the contrary, every time you felt happy, you have continued your life journey and unlocked new prospects of life. Aren’t you? Being obsessed with achieving goals, things which didn’t work well in your life, or just trying to be perfect are the common mistakes most of us make quite often, even I do it sometimes. I thought it is normal as everybody around me was going through the same circumstances.

I noticed that everybody was blaming the external world for a cause of not being happy. I met people who were unhappy with their nine to five routine. While others were caught by the experiences they had in their past.

Meanwhile, there were a few people around me who were highly motivated in their life (and unquestionably they were successful as well). Their motivation level was very high as they had made a choice of being happy no matter what situation comes in life. And they made this choice repeatedly on every single day. Hence, I decided to bring happiness as a daily choice in life.

Conclusion: Happiness is a choice and purpose

To make happiness a choice, you will have to first understand what is happiness and how it moves your life. Second thing, happiness is a choice of experiencing positive emotions such as surprise, joy, and pleasure in the present moment. Lastly, it is a purpose. A purpose which brings meaning to our life.

Once you realize these things, nothing can hold you back from being happy. You will surely discover your own new philosophy and enjoy everything that happens in your life. Let me know in the comments section below whether this article and the happiness quotes I mentioned here helped you find your own way to choose happiness as a choice. 


  1. Very nice happiness quotes that you have shared here. For a fact, we all experience anger in our lives. Uncontrolled anger, however, can create problems in our relationships and even with our health. All of this can lead to more stress and additional problems, which can complicate life and keep us from being our best selves. You have to learn to be happy by yourself no matter how many times you have been hurt or abuses, it is not easy. I am very much aware of the fact that letting go and being happy alone is not easy, because I was there, not once nor twice, but in the end, I came out stronger. I take everything that has happened to be a learn and as humans, we make mistakes, all you have to do is to forgive yourself and love YOU. You deserve that. You are far better than what they would make you feel or believe. The wonderful post you've shared here and also I read through your blog and I am left speechless, you're an awesome writer. I was searching for some words of encouragement and how to be happy alone words for a friend and stumbled on your blog. I am really impressed with how god you are. I'm not that great at writing but i do hope you read Phoneky or LightDl. Xyz on my website and share your feedback with me. Feel free to email at [email protected] if you have tips to share with me. Oh, well, thanks in advance for your time.


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