Happiness & Purpose

Happiness & Purpose

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Inspirational Quotes


Helen Quote

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

-Helen Keller.

Many people have their opinion of what happiness is and how it is found, created, or discovered. In researching this topic, I’ve created a “top ten” compilation of quotes about happiness, from people throughout history.

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” – Martha Washington. 1732-1802, First American First Lady

“We need to decrease the noise so that we can find a signal back to happiness within our lives.” – Shawn Achor

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.  I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx

“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”

“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

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is not a goal… it ‘s a by-product of a life well lived.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“I’ve learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.” John Stuart Mill.

And of course, my favorite,

Hellen Keller’s – “True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”



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Holly grew up in Northern California, has a BA in Business Management and now lives in Northern Utah with her husband and four children as a writer. She is a member of the League of Utah Writers Association and Utah Valley Legends.

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