Inspirational Quotes About Happiness

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By most accounts, I’m a sap for inspirational quotes and fancy sayings.

While reading (a favorite past time of mine), it is commonplace for me to highlight funny or inspirational quotes along with passages I enjoy. If a pen is not handy, I freely earmark my pages – I know, a sacrilegious action to many.

Unfortunately, I rarely do anything of value with these notable quotes. More often than not, I forget them altogether.

I know some of you are thinking: “then why bother destroying a book with graffiti?” I guess I have no good answer except for the feeble “because I can.”


My Compulsions

I have the compulsion to ensure I won’t forget the sayings, quotes, or remarkable passages, which of course (we already established), I do dismiss from my mind.

The process of marking and highlighting – as well as note taking – is crucial to me despite the fact I do not fully comprehend it. I guess it’s part of being me AND it makes me happy!

Another compulsion of mine is to buy pretty journals and notebooks. For this very reason, one of my favorite time of the year is late summer, the back-to-school sales, at which time I am then like a kid let loose in a candy store. I can find pretty, unblemished journals – and notebooks  – for a bargain. Oh, happy me.

Maybe at some point, I will combine my compulsions of reading AND pretty notebooks and endeavor to write my favorite quotes in a keepsake journal. In the meantime, I don’t plan to stop highlighting – or earmarking – anytime soon.



It is amazing how a simple saying – or paragraph –  can set or even change our mood. Perhaps this effect is not felt by everyone, I don’t know. However, I am quite confident I am not the only one who enjoys reading and pondering inspirational quotes.

Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to look for the definition of “inspiration.”

Merriam-Webster defines “inspiration” as follows:

1.     a. A divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation

b.   The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions

c.   The act of influencing or suggesting opinions

2.   The act of drawing in; specifically the drawing of air into the lungs

3.     a.  The quality or state of being inspired

b.   Something that is inspired

4.   An inspiring agent or influence



I especially delighted in the second definition mainly because it is the statement which surprised me most:  “drawing of air into the lungs.” For me, metaphorically speaking, an inspirational quote can most certainly have the effect of being a breath of fresh air.

For example, let’s take the quote by Oscar Wilde below:

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” 

This truism made me chuckle which right away made my world brighter. On the other hand, this short quote also inspired me not to be “THAT” person who causes happiness as they leave.

Yeah, I know like me, right off the bat, you thought of a few individuals who fit this quote to a T. Didn’t ya?


A Source of Inspiration

I determine that during the year, I would post inspirational quotes daily in My Happiness Project Support Group. What simpler and better way to start the day?

Additionally, I wanted to focus my quotes on my monthly themes which – in hindsight – may seem a tad self-centered since everyone else’s Happiness Project would probably vary from mine. Although, in all honesty,  I think it is fair to speculate there would some subjects common to many of the group members.

I know a few of the ladies in the group personally, and I assume it’s not far-fetched to expect similar subjects – such as “significant love relationship” and “children” – to occupy a prominent place on their resolution list.

Since, from the time I read The Happiness Project to the time I planned to start my project, I only had six days to prepare I purposed to focus my first inspirational quotes on happiness in general.


Inspirational Quotes About Happiness


Inspirational Quotes About Happiness

These are the “preparatory” happiness quotes I chose to post in the support group. I am certain there are many more and I would love for you to post your favorite quotes in the comment section below. Who knows, some of your quotes might make it in my – as of now, non-existent – quote journal?

I noticed something while researching quotes, I resonated with many of Oscar Wilde’s sayings (they seem a bit saucy to me) and yet, I know so little about this man. Maybe I can find an area in my Happiness Project to study this writer in more depth?


My Happiness Quotes

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


Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.

Dennis Waitley


The only joy in the world is to begin.

Cesare Pavese


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

 Oscar Wilde


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

 Dalai Lama


Happiness depends upon ourselves.




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