Happiness can simply be described as a situation where one feels contented and the experience after that is very satisfying. Finding happiness can be a bit challenging for some people compared to others but this can be possible through self actualization. This is all about discovering yourself, what you need to do with life and probably what you expect from others.
This was very clearly put by J Donald Walters, who said that,
Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
When growing up, there are those goals that one wants to achieve in life where some people may want to be wealthy businessmen, doctors and pilots among others. These are usually big dreams that a huge number of people do not like to achieve. However, there is a group of people with simple goals like being teachers. Achieving any of these goals makes one happy, and this is all about the attitude that was set.
Still considering the above scenarios, you may not achieve your goal to be a pilot, and this can be quite discouraging. However, you may feel pretty satisfied on meeting people with less appealing careers like teachers. In simple terms, you will be happier in life if your expectations are low.
Happiness as we grow older
One thing with children is that they are always happy, and their sad moments will disappear in a matter of seconds, the moment what they missed is provided. As we grow older, we keep on wanting more and more but only a few of these desires end up being fulfilled. This list keeps on growing and life is eventually filled with miseries. You will; therefore, find that happiness decreases as people grow older.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. – Helen Keller.
What this simply means is that you should not focus on what you failed to achieve since doing so will just pull you down. Instead, focus on your achievements and you will be smiling all the way. Always make realistic goals and try to minimize your desires. This way, your life will be full of achievements where you will fulfill most of your desires, and all this will amount to happiness. Life will be more meaningful when you are happy.
Love is trembling happiness.
– Khalil Gibran
Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
– Leo Rosten
If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness.
– Leon Kass
In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?
– Leslie Caron
Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
– Linus Pauling
All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.
– Lord Byron
People let their own hang-ups become the obstacles between them and personal happiness.
– Lucinda Williams
An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.
– Lydia M. Child
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
– Mark Twain
Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.
– Marquis de Sade
If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.
– Maurice Chevalier
Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.
– Napoleon Hill
Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.
– Ogden Nash
The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.
– Henry W. Longfellow
Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.
– Oscar Levant
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.
– Pearl S. Buck
Never mind your happiness; do your duty.
– Peter Drucker
Happiness seems made to be shared.
– Pierre Corneille
Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
– William Ellery Channing
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.
– Richard Bach
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
– Benjamin Disraeli
If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.
– Richard Bach
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
– Rita Mae Brown
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
– Robert Frost
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
– Anne Frank
Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
– Benjamin Franklin
Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.
– Sam Levenson
Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.
– Sarah McLachlan
Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
To describe happiness is to diminish it.
Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.
– Paulo Coelho
Happiness is a direction, not a place.
– Sydney J. Harris
Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
– Jaques Prevert
Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.
I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.
– Dalai Lama
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
– Andy Rooney
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
– James M. Barrie
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
– Helen Keller
Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
– Dale Carnegie
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
– George Matthew Allen
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
– Albert Schweitzer
Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
– Aldous Huxley
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
– Eric Hoffer
The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.
– C.P. Snow