Find inspiration and joy from these words of notable people who’ve all attempted to puzzle out the secret to happiness.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” —The Dalai Lama. Here are some more quotes about compassion that inspire you to be kind.
On happiness being overrated
“I think happiness is overrated. Satisfied, at peace—those would be more realistic goals.” —Brad Pitt, actor. Here are some myths about happiness that you’ve probably convinced yourself are true.
On not taking yourself too seriously
“I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.” —John Barrowman, actor
On the “key” to happiness
“People say that money isn’t the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.” —Joan Rivers, comedian. You’ll definitely want to take note of these effortless ways to be happier.
On knowing oneself
“I think self-knowledge is a key to happiness. We can build happy lives only on the foundation of our own natures, our own values, and our own interests.” —Gretchen Rubin, author.
On true beauty
“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” —Drew Barrymore, actress
On not keeping score
“Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life.” —J. K. Rowling, novelist. The Harry Potter writer has plenty of happy quotes to share—check out some more of our favorite J. K. Rowling quotes.
“Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.” —Stephen Fry, actor and writer. Find out some more things happy people never, ever do (so you shouldn’t either).
On following kids’ example
“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘all the things that could go wrong.’” —Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher
“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” —Paul Simon, musician. Here are plenty of science-backed reasons you should smile more.