The definition of happiness

There are so many ways to define happiness. Here are some definitions of happiness to inspire you.

Finding happiness is like finding yourself. You don’t find happiness, you make happiness. You choose happiness. Self-actualization is a process of discovering who you are, who you want to be and paving the way to happiness by doing what brings YOU the most meaning and contentment to your life over the long run.

This definition of happiness by David Leonhardt, The Happy Guy

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

This definition of happiness by Helen Keller

You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.

This definition of happiness by Bette Davis

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

This definition of happiness by Samuel Johnson

Happiness and Smiles

Happiness is man’s greatest aim in life. Tranquility and rationality are the cornerstones of happiness.

This definition of happiness by Epicurus

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

This definition of happiness by Og Mandino

Happiness is contagious…when you reflect happiness, then all others around you catch the happy bug and are happy, too.

This definition of happiness by Jennifer Leese

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

This definition of happiness by Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is an inner state of well being. A state of well being enables you to profit from your highest: thoughts, wisdom, intelligence, common sense, emotions, health, and spiritual values in your life.

This definition of happiness by Lionel Ketchian

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

Read also: Spare a smile?

This definition of happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

This definition of happiness by Hugh Downs

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

This definition of happiness by Aristotle

There is a French proverb: To live happy, live hidden. Where can Brigitte Bardot hide?

This definition of happiness by Brigitte Bardot

Happiness and misery

Money can’t buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.

This definition of happiness by Spike Milligan

Happiness ain’t a thing in itself–it’s only a contrast with something that ain’t pleasant.

This definition of happiness by Mark Twain

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

This definition of happiness is a Swedish proverb

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

This definition of happiness by George Santayana

I give thanks for the joy and happiness in life and trust that God does indeed want me to be happy.

This definition of happiness by Marty Varnadoe Dow

Happiness comes only from appreciating what you have right now. You can even be happy by appreciating your troubles because they are helping to build your character.

This definition of happiness by Harriet Meyerson

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

This definition of happiness by Agnes Rippler

Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.

This definition of happiness by Dr. Benjamin Spock

Read also: The Happiness Poem

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, And the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

This definition of happiness by Buddha

Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.

This definition of happiness by Robert G. Ingersoll

Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.

This definition of happiness by Ambrose Bierce

Life can be divided into the horrible and miserable.

This definition of happiness by Woody Allen

There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lie happiness.

This definition of happiness by by Gelett Burgess

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

This definition of happiness by the Countess of Blessington

Happiness is not merely a life lived by accumulating moments of pleasure. On the contrary, happiness is a long lasting enduring enjoyment of life, it is being in love with living. It is your reward for achieving a good character and personal rational values in life. Some important values are a productive career, romance, friendship and hobbies.

This definition of happiness by Dr. Ellen Kenner.

Happy Koala

By all means marry: If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

This definition of happiness by Socrates.

Happiness is not in having or being—it is in the doing.

This definition of happiness by Lillian Watson.

Happiness is living in a state of freely choosing to create and exchange one’s rational values with others.

This definition of happiness by John Roberts

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.

This definition of happiness by Albert Camus

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.

This definition of happiness by Martha Washington.

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.

This definition of happiness by John Lubbock

Happiness… is not a destination: it is a manner of traveling. Happiness is not an end in itself. It is a by-product of working, playing, loving and living.

This definition of happiness by Haim Ginott.

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Happiness for me is to know that my life has meaning and purpose, and that every day my life touches others in a positive way–whether to make them laugh or learn or both at once!

This definition of happiness by Deanna Mascle

To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content.

This definition of happiness by Confucius

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.

This definition of happiness by Francoise de Motteville

Happiness is something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else.

This definition of happiness by Aldous Huxley

What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money.

This definition of happiness by Henny Youngman

Happiness is when your mind is thinking through your heart.

This definition of happiness by Judi Singleton

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

This definition of happiness by Albert Schweitzer.

Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.

This definition of happiness by Mark Twain

Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.

This definition of happiness by Stephen Covey

Now that you know how others define happiness, how do you define it. What is your definition of happiness?

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11 Responses to The definition of happiness

  1. Rawi Saeda says:

    Happiness is when you are free from fear and sorrow; when your breathing is normal and you feel extra strongs.

  2. Happiness is a smile from my daughter!

  3. josephine says:

    happiness is a sharing if you are everything with your friends you will be happy

  4. Arpit says:

    Happiness depends on ourselves.” More than anybody else. It is the positive range of emotions that we feel when we are content or full of joy.

  5. Happiness can be defined in many ways, without being “wrong” or “right”. Although we share some concepts and most of us agree on some of its key points, the notion of happiness remains different for each of us, and we all reach it in our own unique way.
    We can never really tell when we are truly happy, but we can always know what makes us unhappy.
    Happiness can be however a temporary state of mind. You are being happy or unhappy now, today, this week/month/year. But are you happy in the long run? Are you contempt? Do you feel fulfilled?

    You could say that being happy, contempt, fulfilled is when your needs, desires, expectations and goals are accomplished. And those differ from individual to individual. Some may find happiness in being an astronaut, or discovering a cure for some disease, while others might be happy with raising a family and having trusty friends. One might find happiness in sharing a glass and watching sports with his friends once in a while or going to the chess/golf/tennis club while another will find his happiness reading a book, playing his musical instrument or travelling.
    Whatever might be the case, in order for you to find happiness you have to first know yourself and know what it is that you want. And I mean what you really want, what makes you happy and enjoy life, not what you “think” might make you happy or what you “think” others will say that will make you happy.
    And remember to always stay positive.
    Eugen @

  6. This is probably the best collection of happiness quotes I’ve ever read! I’m not sure if I’m able to distinguish a single best one from all of them. They all resonate with me on a deeper level. Do I have your permission to “borrow” some of them and place them on my website?

    Just a few of them, I don’t plan to copy the entire list :)

  7. Irina says:

    I have enjoyed reading your post David. Happiness seems such as simple word but it means so many different things to different people. I recall my former boss asked me if I was happy. I was not sure how to answer that question because it seemed too personal. At the same time, when I mentally evaluated my life and how fortunate I am, it made me realize that I am indeed happy. Therefore, happiness is relative but we often forget that happiness is a state of mind and attitude. If we think happy thoughts, we begin to feel joyful, will attract exactly what we are feeling and thinking about.

  8. Jer Rej says:

    “There is No Way To Happiness
    Happiness is the Way.”

  9. Adam Hillier says:

    Some lovely takes on happiness. I have been lucky enough to appreciate how happy I am, but it definitely helps to be reminded at times.

  10. Mike Savory says:

    Happiness is when someone who loves you holds you tight!

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