Top 175 Choose Happiness Quotes and Sayings

Everyone has a range of emotions and cannot always be happy in the present moment. But happiness means you are able to balance your emotions and usually experience more positive than negative feelings.

Happiness also means you have a grateful attitude and maintain an inner peace that helps you find moments of happiness even in the little things in life.

Even if you generally maintain a happy outlook on life, you will most likely enjoy this list of the Top 175 Choose Happiness Quotes and Sayings very inspirational. And if you struggle with a happy mindset, these quotes will probably be helpful!

Happiness is a state of mind. You’ll notice this theme recurring in these inspirational quotes and sayings. I’ve used many of these Choose Happiness Quotes to remember that I always have the option to CHOOSE HAPPINESS — every single day of my life. I hope they will help you, too! ENJOY!

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“Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” ~ Beyonce

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Choose Happiness Quotes #1-25

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

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. Denis Waitley

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. Ayn Rand

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

Happiness is a direction, not a place. Sydney J. Harris

Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa

Happiness is an inside job. William Arthur Ward

Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself. Alice Walker

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice. Ben Jonson

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama

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

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. Richard Bach

Happiness can exist only in acceptance. George Orwell

True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. John Barrymore

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. Henry Ward Beecher

Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember. Oscar Levant

Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. Bernard Meltzer

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. Martha Washington

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon

If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. Helen Keller

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“Embrace the glorious mess that you are.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Quotes About Choosing Happiness #26-50

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime! Lawrence G. Lovasik

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. Robert Baden-Powell

Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are. Princess Diana

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

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

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. Epictetus

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Guillaume Apollinaire

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. Thomas Merton

Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature. Dennis Prager

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. William E. Gladstone

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

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. Carl Sandburg

Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are. Henry Van Dyke

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels. Bertolt Brecht

Happiness is good health and a bad memory. Ingrid Bergman

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. Zhuangzi

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. Andre Maurois

Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy. Deepak Chopra

Happiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions. Saul Bellow

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away. Bil Keane

I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. J. D. Salinger

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

Choose Happiness Quotes to Guide Your Life #51-75

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. Frank Tyger

The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

How you choose to feel today should not be dependent on others. Anthon St. Maarten

To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness. Mary Stuart

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. Albert Ellis

Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Eckhart Tolle

 Some pursue happiness – others create it. Helen Rowland

 Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously! Friedrich Nietzsche

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. Dale Carnegie

Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself — no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are — completely; the good and the bad — and make changes as YOU see fit — not because you think someone else wants you to be different. Stacey Charter

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. Marcel Pagnol

It was only a sunny smile and little it cost in the giving. But like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living. George Sand

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Herman Cain

Nothing has to happen for me to feel good! I feel good because I’m alive! Life is a gift, and I revel in it. Tony Robbins

Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself for he shall never cease to be entertained. John Boswell

The real joy of life is in its play. Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty. It is the real joy of living. Walter Rauschbusch

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. Joseph Addison

The aim of life is to live and to live means to be aware — joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller

When you finally allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it, you will find you dance with everything. Emanuel

Make one person happy each day and in forty years you will have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time at least. Charles Wiley

There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere and leaving it behind them when they go. Faber

Happiness is like a plant: It must be watered daily with giving thoughts and actions. Swami Kriyananda

Happiness blooms naturally in the hearts of those who are inwardly free. It flows spontaneously, like a mountain spring after April showers, in minds that are contented with simple living. Paramhansa Yogananda

Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower. John Harrigan

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“Being happy never goes out of style.” ~ Lilly Pulitzer

Happy Quotes that will Brighten Your Day #76-100

The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy for yourself and yourself.  Ellen DeGeneres

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Victor Hugo

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. Charles Dickens

If you want to find happiness, find gratitude. Steve Maraboli

The secret of a happy life is respect. Respect for yourself and respect for others. Ayad Akhtar

You have to be willing to get happy about nothing. Andy Warhol

There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes. C.S. Lewis

You must be the best judge of your own happiness. Jane Austen

Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous. Marie Rutkoski

My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose. Ayn Rand

Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure. Arthur Schopenhauer

Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind. Daphne Du Maurier

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

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

I have chosen to be happy because it’s good for my health.  Voltaire

If you want a happy ending, it just depends on where you close the book! Orson Welles

I’m a happy person. If you want to be around me, you can either choose to be happy too, or follow the signs to the nearest exit! Sharon Swan

 If you come at four in the afternoon, I’ll begin to be happy by three. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Make sure, as often as possible, you are doing something you’d be happy to die doing.  Matt Haig

I feel like I’ve been split open and stuffed with sunshine. Tahereh Mafi

When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you. Shannon L. Alder

Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. G.K. Chesterton

Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy. Roy T. Bennett

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.  Omar Khayyam

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“The mere sense of living is joy enough.” ~ Emily Dickinson

Happiness is a Choice Quotes #101-125

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not. Valerie Bertinelli

When faced with the choice, choose happy. Valerie Bertinelli

The way to happiness; keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, scatter sunshine, forget self, and think of others. Norman Vincent Peale

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale

Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast. Norman Vincent Peale

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. Paulo Coelho

Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided. Paulo Coelho

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain

When you’re tempted to be upset, ask yourself ‘Is this worth giving up my joy? Joel Osteen

God wants you to have a good life, a life filled with love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. That doesn’t mean it will always be easy, but it does mean that it will always be good. Joel Osteen

Don’t allow negative people to steal your joy. When you lose your joy, you lose your strength. Joel Osteen

Nothing can take your joy; you have to give it away. You’re in complete control of your happiness. Joel Osteen

No matter what comes your way, don’t lose your joy. Joel Osteen

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank

Whoever is happy will make others happy. Anne Frank

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

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. Anne Frank

Live with the objective of being happy. Anne Frank

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

Joy enters when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offering thanks for all the troubles we don’t have. And be aware, you have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life. Angie Karan

To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come. Tony Gaskins

It’s almost impossible to be satisfied in your own life if you’re constantly looking at what someone else has. Rachael Cruze

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. William E. Gladstone

Make peace with your now moment. Live in this very moment and be happy with what you have. Angie Karan

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“The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy. It’s all that matters.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

Choose Happiness Quotes #126-150

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.  Dale Carnegie

Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have. Bilal Zahoor

You are only a poor person if you are not happy with what you have. Debasish Mridha

Be happy about your own life and you’ll be amazed at just how much more beautiful you’ll find it to be. TemitOpe Ibrahim

Spend more time doing things that make you forget about the time. Charlotte Eriksson

Being happy on seeing others happy is happiness multiplied. Tapan Ghosh

Stop looking for happiness, you are alive, you are in this moment, nothing can be happier than this. Nitin Namdeo

A truly intelligent person is one who always finds a reason to be happy every moment. Nitin Namdeo

Spread love all over the world and in return, you will receive the gift of lifetime happiness. Nitin Namdeo

Find your happiness, not by seeking more, but by appreciating what you already have. Frank Sonnenberg

Happiness is never a step away, it is within you. You just need to unleash it.  Ojingiri Hannah

Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy. Cynthia Nelms

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. Bertrand Russell

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. Oscar Wilde

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? Oscar Wilde

A flower blossoms for its own joy. Oscar Wilde

Happiness is not a feeling, it is a choice. To be happy, one must choose to be happy, not respond to a circumstance that now controls your happiness. Joyce Meyer

Our joy does not have to be based on our circumstances. Joyce Meyer

When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things. Maya Angelou

We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. Maya Angelou

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

I am fundamentally happy. Everyone has experiences that makes them cynical, jaded or unhappy – you just have to fight those things off. I have totally emotional days when I cry and get insecure. PMS weirded out, doomed and tragic. I mean, I’m definitely not just a lollipop, happy in the wind girl. I’m human just like everyone else, but I think that it would be tragic to be on your deathbed and think, ‘I could’ve I should’ve.’ That gets me out of bed everyday. I can’t even last like an hour in bed in the morning. I have to get out there and live. Drew Barrymore

Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice. Stephen R. Covey

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“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Inspirational Quotes about Choosing to Be Happy #151-175

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.  William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. William James

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

I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing. William James

The good we do today becomes the happiness of tomorrow. William James

Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I’ve learned, that’s the path to happiness. Lesley Ann Warren

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today. James Dean

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin

No amount of makeup can mask an ugly heart. Kevyn Aucoin

Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty. Kevyn Aucoin

Today I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul, and sometimes even in myself. Kevyn Aucoin

For me, beauty is synonymous with uniqueness . . . perfection is mundane, boring, and emotionless. It is by celebrating the differences in others that we can begin to accept our own individuality. Kevyn Aucoin

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. Michael J. Fox

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. Sri Ramana Maharshi

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet. James Oppenheim

You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now. Wayne Dyer

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. Aeschylus

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. Andy Rooney

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. Lucille Ball

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions-the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things. Walt Disney

I laugh as much as I can and cry when I have to, without apology. I think that’s happy. Maya Angelou

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are.” ~ Goldie Hawn

Final Thoughts: Choose Happiness Quotes and Sayings

Choosing happiness is a subject we never tire of dissecting and a state of mind we must choose every day.

Use these inspirational quotes to make a conscious choice to make happiness your way of life. You can even find joy in small things if you have a positive attitude and grateful heart.

Love to All! ~ Susan

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