Can pretty much guarantee that her smile wasn’t prompted by a ‘Cheer up love, it might never happen’ (Picture: Getty Images/Westend61)The International Day of Happiness 2019 is here, which gives us the perfect excuse to take stock of some of the more pleasant things in life.
Super glam grandmas pose with bakery’s products to promote their pastriesThese days, society (yeah, we see you, social media) puts a lot of pressure on people to be happy.
Recognising both the negative and positive emotions that you feel day to day is an essential aspect of fostering your own well-being.
With that being said, today isn’t the International Day of Recognising Negativity, it’s the International Day of Happiness.
Sticking a ‘Live, laugh, love’ plaque on your wall isn’t going to fix the problems in your life, but even so, we’ve put together some quotes that some very wise and/or clever people have said about happiness that will hopefully add a little bit of positivity to your day.
‘Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.’
Princess Diana was a fan of paying it forward it seems (Picture: Getty)Maya Angelou, writer and activist
‘My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.’
The Dalai Lama
‘If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.’
Emily Dickinson, writer
‘Find ecstasy in life. The mere sense of living is joy enough.’
(Picture: Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images)Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist
‘Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.’
F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer
‘For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be.’
Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology
‘Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.’
(Picture: Shutterstock)Oscar Wilde, writer
‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.’
Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States
‘Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of fortune that happen but seldom.’
George Sand, (AKA Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin) writer
‘There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.’
Bernard Baruch, American financier
‘The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.’
(Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images)Brad Pitt, actor
‘I think happiness is overrated. Satisfied, at peace—those would be more realistic goals.’
J. K. Rowling, writer
‘Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life.’
John Barrowman, actor
‘I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.’
Joanne Harris, writer
‘Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.’
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