39 Quotes About Happiness and Contentment


Life goes through so many ups and downs. Having to find a level of contentment and happiness in the most difficult of times can be discouraging. These quotes about happiness and contentment urge us to all hit that moments of revelation.

“A mathematical formula for happiness: reality divided by expectations. There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.”

“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

“Be happy in your body. It’s the only one you’ve got, so you might as well like it.”

“Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. ”

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘all the things that could go wrong.'”

“Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.”

“Contentment gives a crown, where fortune hath denied it.”

“Contentment has the ability to squeeze out of every situation all the good there is to get.”

“Discontentment makes rich people poor while contentment makes poor people rich.”

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

“Happiness is like a cloud—if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.”

“Happiness is not a destination you arrive. It it the journey you take to get there.”

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.”

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

“I think happiness is overrated. Satisfied, at peace—those would be more realistic goals.”

“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.”

“I think self-knowledge is a key to happiness. We can build happy lives only on the foundation of our own natures, our own values, and our own interests.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.”

“In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness—otherwise, how would you know when you’re happy?”

“I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.”

“Maybe happiness didn’t have to be about the big sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures.”

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”

“People say that money isn’t the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.”

“Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life.”

“The good news is that going blind is not going to make you as unhappy as you think it will. The bad news is that winning the lottery will not make you as happy as you expect.”

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

“The secret of contentment is the realization that life is a gift, not a right.”

“There is no duty we underrate so much as the duty of being happy.”

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

“To accept ourselves as who we are and allow love into our lives, and to commit to being who we truly are, is the beginning of true happiness.”

“To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure.”

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

“When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.”

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