I find these happy quotes to be positively thought-provoking, regardless of whether or not I agree with their sentiments. Even if we’re not sure of how something sits with our truth, couldn’t we at least ponder its own meaning, its own truth? If happiness is an ultimate aim, or the journey itself, it’s helpful to keep our opinions open.
“If eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for Being.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poems (1847), “The Rhodora”
What if the meaning of life was to be alive? I mean, it seems so simple and in reality it tends to be so difficult, all at once. What a beautiful conundrum—maybe the questions don’t just have their own reasons for being, but perhaps they are their own reason for being.
What if we don’t have to answer all of the questions we’ve been fighting to find answers to? The mystery of life doesn’t exist to be solved, then. The problems might not even be problems; they might just be puzzles, games, stories to unfold.
This quote from Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo speaks to the curious unfolding:
In happiness and in life, I think we're allowed to be imperfect and whole at the same time. Click To Tweet
Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels bound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum, even when they are gilded as you are capable of being.
In my opinion (which I try to keep open so that I can keep expanding) everything is allowed in the realm of life on earth: happiness, sorrow, bliss, despair, clarity, confusion, pain, pleasure, individuality, unity, clashing opinions… everything.
The happy quotes I’m sharing today (a few of which are from The Count of Monte Cristo, for a few reasons) seem to implore some additional thoughts on the subject matter.
I’m sure that the thoughts these happy quotes provoked in me will differ from your own, but it’s all open to interpretation. No matter what our definition of happiness happens to be, maybe happiness “is its own excuse for Being.”
10 Happy Quotes & My Interested Postscript
1. “If all you did was just look for things to appreciate, you would live a joyous, spectacular life.” — Abraham-Hicks
When I am in a state of deep appreciation, it’s easy to access joy. I’m under the impression that through genuine appreciation, life becomes joyous, spectacular. I know that when I’m in that experience of deeply felt gratitude, I feel abundant, peaceful, hopeful, and light.
This state is an experience more than it is a thought; it’s something that goes beyond the mental state of merely considering what we appreciate. We cannot just think about gratitude and feel it work through us. We need to make the experience real for us.Appreciation in advance brings everything you want to you. @AbrahamHicks Click To Tweet
2. “The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness.” – Abraham-Hicks
Through experience, I’ve found that the more joyous I am inside, the more I am able to give generously to others. I can more easily give others my full attention when I’m not concentrating on fighting my own internal battles, disseminating my own fears and struggles.
Your happiness is a wonderful gift, which manifests in a variety of ways. It’s similar to how loving yourself makes space for love to flourish in all of your relationships.When I am in joy, in myself, everyone around me is given the gift of my joyful presence. Click To Tweet
3. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ― Patañjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The way I take this passage is that we maintain a sense of peace by devoting energy to what is healing (happiness, goodness) and to what is worthy of being healed (unhappiness).
If we contribute to what is unloving (wicked), “fighting the good fight,” we tend to succeed in further spreading the energy of resistance. We energize whatever we’re giving our attention to, so we can either promote peace, promote what we love, or we can resist what we don’t love.What we devote our energy to (either through promotion or resistance), we feed. Click To Tweet
4. “Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” – Albert Einstein
To be alive at all is often overlooked as being a “given.” We take our very own life for granted by not being in awe of the fact that we’re alive. To look, to comprehend, is a gift. There is joy in our Being. We know this joy when we consider life itself to be the ultimate blessing.
5. “To be happy, love must mean more to you than anything.” – Robert Holden, PH.D
What if we cared less about power and possessions, and more about how loving we can be, and see? Would we be happier people, and this a happier world to dwell in? If love became our ultimate goal, the means and the end, the journey itself, how might our changed perspective change our whole life?
It can be hard to comprehend mentally how important love is for happiness and peace to be present; sometimes, we need to experience things for ourselves instead of rationally explaining it in thought.
6. “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live…” — Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Comparison can be tricky, but what if both happiness and misery were just of this world, but we were more—the ones experiencing these states of being on this planet? It’s possible that we’re meant to experience it all, regardless of how “good” or “bad” we perceive it to be.
This quote continues to reveal that “the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.” Even though we know great despair, we are capable (perhaps more capable) of reaching the heights of blissful experience.Perhaps we don't need to figure it all out. Perhaps we need to learn what Hope means to us. Click To Tweet
7. “I don’t think man was meant to attain happiness so easily. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.” — Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Again, I think this author had brilliance written throughout him. I really like this quote, but not because I think we need to “fight” our way to happiness, nor do I think happiness is something to conquer. I do, however, still feel oddly comforted by this quote when I’m feeling down.
Someone I love shared this quote with me not long ago (thank you) and it reminded me that even though happiness could be the easiest way to live, it’s not always easy to walk the path (even if you’re passionate about what it takes to be happy).We need to confront our own fears if we're ever going to go beyond them. Click To Tweet
8. “Often we pass beside happiness without seeing it, without looking at it, or even if we have seen and looked at it, without recognizing it.” — Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
If we think happiness is to come in some extravagant moment, we’ll likely be waiting a long time, and a good chunk of our lives, for perfection to reveal itself. We miss out on the joys of being alive when we’re too busy seeking extravagance.
The splendor of living (that’s worthy of attention) is always in the present moment.
9. “We should be grateful for all the situations that make us the most uncomfortable, because without them we would not know there is something unhealed within us.” — Ken Wapnick
Falling down isn’t such a bad thing if you consider it to be another way of getting back up and starting life anew. Everything is usually a mindless mess before it turns into organized chaos. A disruption in our pattern isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it can be a very positive trigger for something else.
Also, the discomfort we endure, if we’re willing to sit with it and see what lingers underneath, reveals to us the deeper source of our pain—the only place we can incite sustainable change. We need to show up until what’s still unhealed shows up, so we can show it to the light.To heal what is unhealed, we must bring what is unhealed to the light of our own awareness. Click To Tweet
10. “What you will see is love coming out of the trees, love coming out of the sky, love coming out of the light. You will perceive love from everything around you. This is the state of bliss.” – Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
In this written masterpiece, the author describes what the state of bliss is like, if we’re willing to venture there. Receptivity is key. An open heart, a softened perspective, a receptive mind is key to experience things we only dreamt of or heard of—like bliss.
Joy is possible no matter where we stand, because we’re always standing in the present moment, which happens to be exactly the place we need to be to encounter joy. We spend so much time elsewhere, but happiness is not somewhere else, ever.When we let love guide everything we do, see, and are, happiness is the default. Click To Tweet
Bliss, though available to us always, is a state we must learn how to access. Abundance is the same way. To perceive love from everything around us: that is the state where all heartache melts. It might sound farfetched or even silly, but I promise that the experience is life-changing, and very real.
Do any of these quotes have you pondering happiness from a new perspective?
Please share your own thoughts, favorite happy quotes, lessons you’ve learned from your own “happiness journey,” and any helpful or enlightening stories with me in the comments.
Share the love with a friend; pass along these happy quotes to see what they think.
Imagination can be your friend. Use it to keep your mind receptive to all that’s possible, even if it’s not possible to know all the answers.