During a lull in the poker game, when everybody else had gone either to the washroom or the bar, I turned to my friend Al, a perfectly happy lifelong bachelor then in his early 40s, and asked him why he never got married. “Well,” he said with uncommon candour, “anybody I ever wanted didn’t want me. And I always figured I’d be happier wanting something I didn’t have than having something I didn’t want.”
Happiness is usually pretty simple.
Don’t just yearn for happiness, create it.
Happiness is not a destination; it’s a means of travelling.
To enhance your happiness avoid people who make you unhappy.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
When it comes to being happy, it’s hard to beat composure and serenity.
The time to be happy is now; the place to be happy is here.
A sure route to happiness is to make others happy.
You’ll never be happy until you become comfortable with your limitations.
We don’t laugh because we’re happy; we’re happy because we laugh.
Happiness is a by-product.
You can’t achieve happiness that you can’t imagine.
A happy day begins with a leisurely breakfast.
People who get everything all at once don’t appreciate it enough to be really happy.
Happiness can’t be saved up; it has to be used every day.
Happiness is a lot like a butterfly; chase it and it eludes you, but forget about it and it sometimes lands on your shoulder.
Being able to do without things you’d like to have is necessary for happiness.
It’s true that if we never knew sadness, we wouldn’t know happiness.
Don’t wait for someone else to make you happy; it may not happen.
True happiness comes from within.
Happiness makes up in depth what it lacks in length.
Happiness can’t include being free of trouble; but it does include being able to cope with it.
Happiness consists of many little things, not one big thing.
There can be no genuine happiness without a clear conscience.
Happiness is a choice, not a response.
When we identify something that makes us unhappy we have two choices: get rid of it or learn to live with it.
You always add to or subtract from the happiness of people around you, and which you do is up to you.
There’s no such thing as a perfectly happy perfectionist.
Happiness is usually a sign of wisdom.
A happy person isn’t a person in the right circumstances; it’s a person with the right attitude.
Happy people don’t let being alone with their thoughts become a lonely place.
Happiness comes from appreciating what we have instead of being miserable about what we don’t have.
You’ve found happiness when ordinary things become extraordinary pleasures.
Don’t let anyone steal your joy.
Happy people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything.
If you have someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for, you should be happy.
Don’t let your feelings be easily hurt or your self-pity easily aroused.
Simple wishes enhance happiness.
Always have something in your everyday life that makes you smile.
Never forget how it feels to be happy.
To be truly happy you have to believe in something other than the Internet.