What Is Happiness?

By: Laura EvansIf you wonder what happiness is, don’t feel alone. Philosophers, writers and leaders have been trying to come up with definitions of happiness for thousands of years.

“Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.”
Lao-tzu (604 BC – 531 BC), Chinese philosopher

“Happiness depends on yourselves.”
Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), Greek philosopher

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.”
Desiderius Erasmus (1466 – 1536), Dutch humanist

“Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think.”
Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744), English poet

“Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.”
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778), French philosopher

“I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of the events themselves.”
Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767 – 1835), German philosopher

“There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another, if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.”
Jane Austen (1775 – 1817), English author, Mansfield Park

“Independence is happiness.”
Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906), American women’s suffrage leader

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”
Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954), French artist

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948), Indian leader and politician

“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”
Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970), English philosopher

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”
Robert Frost (1874 – 1963), American poet

“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.”
Carl Jung (1875 – 1961), Founder of analytical psychology

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
George Burns (1896 – 1996), American comedian

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