Happiness Quotes Revamped

I've completely overhauled my collection of happiness quotes.  It was time for a revamp.  Hear what Charlie Brown, Dale Carnegie, Aristotle, Confucius, and more have to say about the art and skill of happiness.

Here is the new collection of happiness quotes fresh from the press:

Happiness Quotes (Sources of Insight)

It should be a lot easier to read and a lot easier to use.   And it’s exhaustive, so you’ll most likely find at lead a few quotes you’ve never heard before.   While I have some general quotes on happiness, I also organized my happiness quotes collection into key themes:  What is Happiness, Skilled Happiness, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Why Happiness Quotes?

Well, life happens.  And life has it’s ups and downs, whether you’re an executive, an IT leader, a Program Manager, a developer, or you name it.

As the world changes faster around us, our thoughts shape our work and life.

When people aren’t happy, they don’t work well.  You can argue it’s the job, but a study in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology showed that it’s the other way around:

Happiness leads to job satisfaction

They found that the causal relationship between subjective-well being to job satisfaction was stronger than the causal relationship from job satisfaction to subjective well-being.

It helps explain why one person’s treasure is another’s trash.

The HOW of Happiness

If you arm yourself with a great set of happiness quotes, you’ll find ways think better.  Some of the quotes are actually profound wisdom distilled into a sentence.   Some are just entertaining.

Sometimes it just helps to validate your thinking.  For example, are you worried that every time you start to feel happy that something will go wrong?   You are not alone.  Charlie Brown feels the same way:

"I think I’m afraid to be happy, because whenever I get too happy, something bad always happens."Charlie Brown

I think you’ll find a great deal of wisdom within the quotes and they will help you find your own personal HOW of happiness.  While happiness can be a team sport, it’s really an individual skill that you learn to master over a lifetime.   While you may not end up as a shiny, happy Pollyanna, you can find ways to raise your frustration tolerance, enjoy more of your moments, and bounce back faster when life throws you the proverbial curve ball.

The Secret of Happiness

While some might say that the secret of happiness is finding your one thing, I think it’s more than that.  As a mentor at Microsoft, I coach a lot of individuals on personal effectiveness, and a big part of it, is figuring out how to do what makes you come alive.

But there’s actually more to the story.

The ultimate way to find your happiness is to treat happiness like a verb, right here and right now, and find ways to spend more time in your values, while in the service of others or some greater good.   And, as Zig Ziglar would say, “Enjoy the price of success.”

That’s fulfillment.

And, that my friends is deep happiness.

Dig deeper.

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Comments (3)

  1. Dragan Radovac says:

    This is just what I needed today. As usual, you really hit the mark. Thanks J.D Meier

  2. J.D. Meier says:

    @ Dragan — Enjoy!

    I'll be doing some more revamps on Sources of Insight.  It's time for a refresh across several things.  I'm eating the elephant a bite at a time.


  3. Dragan Radovac says:

    @ J.D Meier. This is really freaky. I hit a real low point yesterday (my business) and then you come out with this post. It's not the first time it has happened a day or two from my misgivings. Again, Thank you J.D Meier, you lifted me.

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