Don’t do anything that you don’t really want to do. Keep yourself in a place of feeling good. Reach for the thought that feels better – and watch what happens.

Abraham-Hicks in Boston, MA on October 10, 1999

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.

Richard Bach

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Joy is my compass.

Alan Cohen

Laughter is the tickling of love.

Tracy Guerreiro

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.

Andy Rooney

Laughter is the language of the Gods.

Buddhist Proverb

You cannot have a happy ending to an unhappy journey.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, September 13, 1997

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) English Poet

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.

Romain Gary (1914-1980) French Writer

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

Margaret Lee Runbeck

The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everyone else up.

Mark Twain

Earth laughs in flowers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

Chuang Tzu

You’re always on your way somewhere. The key is: find a way to be happy wherever you now are on your way to where you really want to be. (We’re speaking of the state of being you want.) It does not matter where you are; where you are is shifting constantly – but you must turn your attention to where you want to go. And that’s the difference between making the best of something and making the worst of something.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Detroit, MI on Saturday, September 27, 2003

Happiness comes quickly when we make peace with our own Selves, adjust our mindset, shift our bodies elsewhere, instead of waiting expectantly for others to change.

Annie Zalezsak 28 April 2011

Tell everyone you know: “My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel – and then, you’ll love them all. Because the only reason you don’t love them, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good.

Abraham, excerpted from the workshop in Asheville, NC on Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

Albert Einstein

You’ve trained yourself to face reality. You’ve trained yourself to tell the truth. You’ve trained yourself to tell it like it is. So in the beginning, these fantasies feel a little inappropriate, because it’s like you’re fooling yourself. Sometimes people will say, “Well, isn’t this just denial?” And we say, “We hope so!” We hope that you are denying the absence that you do not want. And we hope that you are embracing the presence of what you do. But somehow the idea of denial has become a dirty word to you; like it is virtuous to face the reality of the horror of your own lives. And we would be ignoring anything that did not please us. We would get our eyes on what feels good.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in San Rafael, CA on Friday, March 9, 2001

Happy people learn that happiness, like sweat, is a by-product of activity.

Frank Pittman III

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face, and show the world all the love in your heart… You’re gonna find, yes you will, that you’re beautiful as you feel.

Carole King

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.


We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.

Henry David Thoreau

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 Waitely

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.

Carlos Castaneda

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with them.


You can be happy instantly by wanting what you already have.

from Diets Don’t Work, by Bob Schwartz

We’re not happy unless we feel like we’re growing.

Anthony Robbins

Even when manipulated into a smiling expression, people feel better; when they scowl, the whole world seems to scowl back. so put on a happy face. Pretend optimism. Simulate outgoingness. Going through the motions can trigger the emotions.

from an article in Psychology Today July/August 1993 issue, by David G Myers, PhD

For happy people, time is “filled and planned”, says Oxford University psychologist Michael Argyle. “For unhappy people time is unfilled, open an uncommitted; they postpone things and are inefficient.”


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

Will and I could hardly wait for the morning to come to get at something that interested us. That's happiness.

Orville Wright, co-inventor of the airplane

The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.

William Randolph Inge

I'm not happy, I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.

Beverly Sills

What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has, or how he is regarded by others.

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Franklin D Roosevelt

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) English poet

A new life of abundant cheer is found in one way and one way only. All others lead to endless anxiety.

It is found through an awareness of its existence.

This is the entire secret. We must catch a glimpse of this fresh life for ourselves. We can start by remembering that it exists within, not without. We already possess this higher state. But we must become aware of our rich possession. This awareness will break through, with increasing force, as we dare to seek it beyond our present mental attitudes.

The Daily Guru

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half sorrow.

Swedish proverb (see more Swedish proverbs)

‘Abraham took in strangers, and God was happy,’ came the reply. ‘Elijah disliked strangers, and God was happy. David was proud of what he was doing, and God was happy. The publican before the altar was ashamed of what he did, and God was happy. John the Baptist went out into the desert, and God was happy. Paul went to the great cities of the Roman Empire, and God was happy. How can one know what will please the Almighty? Do what your heart commands, and God will be happy.’

from The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coelho

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.


You were in paradise, but you didn’t recognise it. It’s the same with most people in this world; they seek suffering in the most joyous of places because they think they are unworthy of happiness.

from The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coelho

Recognize that to be happy, you must live the life that you truly want to live. It's your life and you are the only one who can truly determine what is right for you.

The Daily Guru

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) American novelist

Happy people roll with the punches. They know from experience that everything changes. Today’s good fortune may vanish tomorrow, today’s crises may turn out to be tomorrow’s good fortune.

Author Unknown

Enjoy everything that happens in your life, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to any person, place, or thing.

Wayne Dyer

Most people are searching for happiness outside of themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something you are, and it comes from the way you think.

Wayne Dyer

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.

Greg Anderson

Laughter is the language of the Gods.

Buddhist proverb (see more Buddhist proverbs)

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.

Charles L Morgan

If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook.

Les Giblin

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.

William H Sheldon

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