Every step and every breath can be an opportunity for joy and happiness.

This is what the Buddha called the greatest happiness: to know peace unchanged by changing conditions.

If optimism is a way of looking at life and happiness a condition that can be cultivated, one might as well get down to work without further delay.

Letting go of happiness as a goal can pave the way for happiness to appear on its own.

Getting out of our own way allows the deep reservoirs of peace and happiness within us to reveal themselves.

Even a little bit of mindfulness brought to a single moment can break the chain of events that leads to persistent unhappiness.

By cultivating the awareness of ‘being mode’ … we might just open ourselves up to the limitless possibilities for happiness that life has to offer us.

It’s a paradox of compassion that we ourselves are one of its greatest beneficiaries. Compassion makes us happier.

Connecting with our compassionate part, nurturing it, and relating to ourselves, others, and the world around us from this place is the key to our happiness.

It’s not that we have to make ourselves kind and happy because that’s how we should be. Being kind, to ourselves and to others, makes us happy.

We are born to connect. Our longing for connection, not just with our fellow humans but with animals, is so deep that it determines our experience of happiness.

From being inspired to being in love, our deepest experiences of happiness come from transcending our narrow selves.

We do good because it frees the heart. It opens us to a wellspring of happiness.

It is essential that we take delight in our own happiness as a perfect expression of our basic motivation to be free.

Can we allow the lives of others to be different from ours and feel happy for them? Can we rejoice for them as their happiness grows, in whatever way that is happening?

It is a rare and beautiful quality to feel truly happy when others are happy.

“Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you, as your shadow, unshakable.” – The Buddha

We purify the mind of the force of craving through the power of simplifying, knowing what we need in order to be happy.

When we have insight into our inner world and what brings us happiness, then wordlessly, intuitively, we understand others.

We spend our lives searching for something we think we don’t have, something that will make us happy. But the key to our deepest happiness lies in changing our vision of where to seek it.

Sometimes we take quite a journey — physically or mentally or emotionally — when the very love and happiness we want so much can be found by just sitting down.

True happiness may not be at all far away, but it requires a radical change of view as to where to find it.

Our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home.

Love, kindness and affection are the source of joy and happiness.

When we have a generous spirit, we are easy to be with and fun to be with. We radiate happiness, and our very company can bring joy to others.

Joy is the happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment. – Brother Steindl-Rast

It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.

What is the purpose of life? After much consideration, I believe that the purpose of life is to find happiness.

Lasting happiness cannot be found in pursuit of any goal or achievement. It does not reside in fortune or fame. It resides only in the human mind and heart.

A healthly perspective really is the foundation of joy and happiness, because the way we see the world is the way we experience the world.

If you develop a strong sense of concern for the wellbeing of all sentient beings, this will make you happy.

Too much self-centred thinking is the source of suffering. A compassionate concern for others’ wellbeing is the source of happiness.

If you can stop and establish yourself in the here and the now, you will see that there are many elements of happiness available in this moment, more than enough for you to be happy.

Everything — peace, happiness, and stability — should be looked for in the here and the now.

According to the Buddha, mindfulness is the source of happiness and joy.

Breathing mindfully is enjoyable. You aren’t thinking anymore; of the past, of the future, of your projects, of your suffering.

Eliminating hatred from our mind stream is a critical step in our journey to happiness.

There is no greater happiness than inwardly generated joy and peace.

“One must practice the things which produce happiness, since if that is present we have everything and if it is absent we do everything in order to have it.” — Epicurus

When the factors that contribute to true happiness have become clear to you, imagine that they begin to bloom in your mind. Resolve to nurture them day after day.