Happiness Quotes


What I  “discovered” was that happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of  good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately
by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.” —
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

If everyone could learn that what is right for me does not make it right for anyone else, the world would be a much happier place. — Dr. William Glasser

They have this big book called the ‘DSM=IV’ you know, that is supposedly written about crazy people, but I think it is a book that is written by crazy people! — Dr. William Glasser

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


“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content”— Helen Keller


“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product” — Eleanor Roosevelt


“A heart full of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, happiness, and mental tranquility” — Dalai Lama
“I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile”— Goldie Hawn

“I’ve come to believe that seeking happiness is not a frivolous pursuit. It’s honorable and necessary. And most people forget even to thing about it.” —Goldie Hawn

“Forgiveness is the most effective way of dealing with arguments; altruism and forgiveness bring humanity together so that no conflict, however serious, will go beyond the bounds of what is truly human.” —Dalai Lama

“Helping others is not limited to providing food, shelter, and so forth, but includes relieving the basic causes of suffering and providing the basic causes of happiness.” — Dalai Lama

“Feelings of anger, bitterness, and hate are negative. If I kept those inside me, they would spoil my body and my health. The are of no use.”— Dalai Lama

“The basic sources of happiness are a good heart, compassion, and love. If we have these mental attitudes, even if we are surrounded by hostility, we feel little disturbance. On the other hand, if we lack compassion and our mental state is filled with anger or hatred, we will not have peace.” — Dalia Lama

“It’s hard to find peace with your thighs, but when they chafe, try to be grateful for them. Your thighs let you run and get you where you want to go. I have not just thigh peace but thigh happiness, and it begins with thigh gratitude.” —    Margaret Cho

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now” — Oprah

12 thoughts on “Happiness Quotes

  1. I am so grateful you now have this website. I have been a William Glasser fan since the 1980s, when he did a program for SMU’s Continuing Education Department. I was employed by the department at that time, and have never forgotten how inspiring and right on Dr. Glasses was then. He actually had come to Dallas, TX to receive and Educator of the Year Award (I believe), from the University of Dallas.

    Dr. Glasser’s ideas have influenced my life from that day to this. I personally believe that his Quality Schools if implemented nationwide, would solve our ongoing educational woes in this country.

    His work played a major role in my Dissertation research and conclusions (from 2001) which argued for educating the visual imagination and proposed a school system that would incorporate the arts as an integral part.

    Would like to know how the Choice Theory project he was involved in during the 90s turned out.

    Best all ways,


    1. Hi Jane,

      I’ll bet you’re talking about the Corning Community Project. It was a huge undertaking and my understanding is that the grant money ran out before the research could be completed but Choice Theory is still alive and well in Corning, NY. There is an article in our past newsletter about it and one of the teachers at the local school just did a presentation about CT in Corning at our August Conference.

  2. A few favorite happiness quotes of mine:

    “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” -Anthony D’Angelo

    “There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.” -Robert Brault

    “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

  3. The first time I saw Dr Glasser in action I knew I had found the model for which I wanted to build my coaching/training business. I set about certifying in Reality Therapy/Control Theory as it was called at the time and have never looked back.

    I am diagnosed with PSTD and ADHD, but with the wisdom and philosophy Dr. Glasser provided, I have been able to achieve a successful career I love, and the choice of happiness.

    My personal quote is: Do not complain about anything you are not prepared to do something about. Jane Meagher.

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  6. One of my favorite quotes is: “The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.” Gordon Livingston, M.D. In his book, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart, Dr. Livingston goes on to say, “If we have useful work, sustaining relationships and the promise of pleasure, it is hard to be unhappy.”

  7. I was first exposed to Dr. Glasser’ work through a drug counselor who saw how resistant I was to the 12 step model; I vehemently resisted the notion that I was weak, powerless, insane, and incapable of being trusted with my own self will. He gave me a copy of Reality Therapy and I knew I’d found a way to approach and defeat my addiction. I was required by law as a condition of my imminent release to attend A.A. meetings, and began introducing myself by saying, “My name is Tony, and irresponsibility is not a disease.” I live in Akron, Ohio, was born in Saint Thomas Hospital where the very first patients were treated for alcoholism and have attended many meetings there; you can’t imagine the naked contempt that was leveled at me for daring to stand up for the concepts of self empowerment, free will and inner strength. Glasser’s theories should at least be a viable alternative to submission, confession, conversion, and redemption through divine intervention. It is my sincere hope and dream to see a recovery program started right here, smack-dab in the middle of A.A. country, one based on Dr. Glasser’s work and modeled after the Ventura School concept. I welcome any replies on this thought…

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