Quotes About Happiness

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“Your happiness must be established on a firm foundation, on something you bring with you into the world, not on what the world can do for you.” [1]

"When we talk about real happiness, we are talking about the satisfaction and the sense of integrity that come from really engaging yourself in your greater purpose and mission here." [2]

"When people are happy and self-satisfied, God is the last thing they are thinking of." [3]

"Look at all your comforts and conveniences and think of the people who created these so that you enjoy them. Be happy with what you have because you have so much already. Unless you are living in a state of extreme poverty, you have so much already. Look at your clothing. You have more than you need. You are rich."[4]

"Be happy with what you have. Learn to recognize what you have. Deeply experience what you have as an antidote to this endless wanting and searching and yearning and all of the unhappiness, disappointment and aggravation that it brings to you." [4]


Mistaken Ideas about Happiness

"People often think that spirituality is about being happy, peaceful and joyful all the time, turning life into a sort of slumber party. This is not true. Spirituality is not a form of escape. It is not a form of intoxication. It is not an aphrodisiac. It is a way to empower you by bringing you into contact with Knowledge so that you may fulfill your purpose and your mission here." [5]

"Some people think that God guarantees happiness and satisfaction. When happiness and satisfaction do not exist, people are either being unfaithful or somehow God is failing them and their unquestioned and often unconscious expectations." [6]

"The goal is not happiness but preparation, readiness, contact, reunion and ultimately contribution to the world, wherever it may be appropriate for the individual. That is why the pursuit of happiness is so deceiving because the Revelation will make you uncomfortable. It will challenge you." [7]

"People want to retire into kind of a listless happiness, without a care, but when you see this, it is pathetic. It is sad. There is no intelligence. There is no inspiration. There is no honesty. There is no true connection with others. There is no service and contribution. They have cast themselves out of the meaning of life in their life of constant repose." [8]

"If you are truly honest with yourself, you must recognize that your experience of physical existence is predominantly one of suffering and uncertainty. You have moments of happiness, moments of reprieve, moments of enjoyable distraction. You perhaps believe you are happier than you really are, and many people suffer from this delusion, but if you are really honest about it, looking at your own experience objectively, you will have to admit that really it is not a very balanced experience. It is weighted far more towards suffering, uncertainty and anxiety than it is towards any real enjoyment of life." [3]

"The question is not about being at peace and being happy. The question is about living the true life. This will give you inner peace. This will give you true happiness." [9]

“To escape the world to pursue happiness is no different than trying to enrich yourself with possessions or with gaining high social position. It is still a focus on one’s own fulfillment. But you did not come into the world to fulfill yourself. You did not come here to be a mass consumer, to use everything in the world for your own edification, for your own satisfaction, for your own happiness.” [10]

Quotes About How to be Happy

"If your life is more simple, then you are able to experience it more fully and more happily."[4]

"People do not want to feel discomfort, uncertainty or anxiety, and so they have set up a series of defenses so they can stay preoccupied and feel better about themselves and their situation. But these defenses end up denying critically important experiences that they are having. Part of this defense mechanism is developing a whole network of fantasies that you indulge yourself in, in the attempt to create a happy or interesting set of dreams to replace how you are really feeling in the moment." [11]

"The pursuit of happiness becomes very self-deceptive because you only want to acknowledge those feelings and experiences that support your pursuit of happiness, while denying or decrying all the rest of your experience. This leads to a kind of self-avoidance and low self-esteem because if you cannot recognize and acknowledge your own experience, then you are really denying yourself. You are in a state of avoidance with your own experience." [11]

"After you have tasted the pleasures and the sorrows of this world, after you have tried to fulfill yourself with people and places and activities and holidays and hobbies and sports and every other form of distraction that may be available to you—when you finally come to yourself, whether it be from a great disappointment or a sudden realization or a lucid moment in your hectic life, when you finally come to this, you will realize there is a greater need within you and that it cannot be fulfilled by all the desperate attempts at happiness that everyone around you is attempting and committing themselves to." [12]

"The real wealth, the real happiness, will be attained by other means. God has placed Knowledge within you to guide you and to protect you and to teach you how to live in harmony with your environment and with each other. It is oriented to the truth, to what is real and genuine and authentic, what is honest and what is compassionate. It is your relationship with your deeper nature that will enable you to re-establish a real functioning relationship with the natural world—to restore a sustainable life, a balanced life." [13]

“Being happy is the natural result of being aligned with Knowledge within yourself and of being close to those who are meant to be with you and close to that which you are meant to do. This is a deeper kind of happiness, a confirming kind of happiness, a happiness that resonates all through your life. It establishes a rightness with yourself, a sense of integrity and harmony despite whatever difficulties may be facing you in the moment.”[14]


"In isolation you are miserable, but in relationship happiness is regained." [15]

Serving the World

"The calling here is to serve the world, not merely to enlighten yourself, not merely to put yourself in the position of extreme happiness and contentment." [16]

"Spiritual development leads to complete participation and contribution in the world. This provides a satisfaction and happiness that nothing else can." [17]

Spiritual Practice and Happiness

"Spiritual practice is not here to give you happiness or to assure prosperity or to transcend you out of this world. It is here to connect you with the deeper current of your life—a current that is moving, that has direction and that has somewhere to go." [18]

More Quotes About Happiness

"You are an individual unaware of your Source and your total inclusion in life. Your individuality is a burden now, but it will be a great happiness to you when it can express life itself." [19]

"You will only be happy if you are advancing and if you can experience this. And you will only be happy if your thinking and your approach are in keeping with Knowledge." [20]

“A Greater Will exists within you that wishes to express itself. When you experience this, you will finally feel that you are known to yourself. You will finally experience true happiness.” [21]

“The more that people are not right with their lives, the more that they have to engage in outside activities to try to allay their own suffering and discomfort, and the more desperate this becomes, and the greater the costs, and the more energy invested, and so forth. Desperately seeking relief, they are trying to be happy.” [22]

“There is great joy. It lives within you and lives in your genuine relationships with others. This joy is born of gratitude, service and recognition. It is not the kind of joy one has by having immediate sensations of delight. It is more a joy that a miracle is happening in your life, and you are bearing witness to it. For all the work that must be done along the way, there are these moments of confirmation. That is what they are.” [23]

“You cannot resolve anything without Knowledge and you will have no foundation for faith, trust or happiness without it. All your pleasures will be temporary, unstable and easily challenged. [24]

“So what about happiness? Happiness is of two varieties: There is the happiness in the moment, which is the result of fun and play and, on rare occasions, true recognition of another person. Then there is happiness of an enduring nature, which is born of your satisfaction that your life is truly engaged. It is perhaps not as spectacular a happiness. You do not go around laughing all day, but it abides with you. No matter what happens to you or to the world, you have found your place, you have found your way, and there is a very great certainty that your way will lead you on.” [25]

“We are primarily concerned with engaging you with your true happiness, which is engaging you with your purpose in being here and your meaning in being here and the direction you must follow now.” [26]

“Happiness is a quiescent state. It is not jittery. It is not trying to go anywhere or get anything. It is very still, so you have to become a little still to come into proximity to it. It is as if happiness is going five miles an hour and you are going a hundred miles an hour! Well, you passed it by!” [1]

“How easily your happiness is thrown away by some minor change in life.” [1]

“So, do not look at yourself personally and say, 'Well, what do I want and how will it make me happy?' Look at the world and ask, 'What does the world need and what can I give?'” [27]

"Learning to be happy is simply learning to be natural. Learning to be happy is learning to accept Knowledge today. Knowledge is happy today. If you are not happy, you are not with Knowledge. Happiness does not always mean having a smile on your face. It is not a behavior. Genuine happiness is a sense of self, a sense of wholeness and satisfaction. If a loss has occurred in your life, a loss of a loved one, you may still be happy, though you may shed tears. It is all right to shed tears, for this does not need to betray a greater happiness within you, for these also may be tears of happiness. Happiness is not a form of behavior. Let us remind you of this. It is a sense of inner satisfaction. Knowledge will give this to you because it will simplify your life and allow your mind to concentrate on that which it is given to do in reality. This will empower you, simplify you and provide a greater harmony than you could have known before." [28]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book I, Chapter 22: Escaping Suffering
  2. Taking the Steps to Knowledge (April 21, 2000)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The One God, Chapter 5: What is Creation?
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Joy and Gratitude (January 31, 2009)
  5. Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 16: Who are the Unseen Ones?
  6. The Great Waves of Change, Chapter 11: Where Will You Place Your Faith?
  7. God Has Spoken Again, Chapter 7: The Initiation
  8. The New World: The Shock of the Future
  9. The Journey to a New Life, Chapter 5: The Turning Point
  10. Enlightenment (September 18, 2008)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Preparing for the Great Waves of Change, Signs from the World
  12. The New Message on Freedom (February 3, 2008)
  13. Nature and Natural Disasters (September 8, 2008)
  14. Steps to Knowledge Continuation Training, Step 12: Today I will not try to be happy.
  15. Steps to Knowledge, Step 43: My will is to know God.
  16. The New Message on Fulfillment (August 24, 2007)
  17. Living The Way of Knowledge], Chapter 6: The Pillar of Spiritual Development
  18. Love and Relationships, The First Commitment (September 25, 2008)
  19. Steps to Knowledge, Step 11: I am not apart from life.
  20. Living The Way of Knowledge, Chapter 5: The Pillar of Work
  21. Steps to Knowledge, Step 96: God’s Will is for me to be unburdened.
  22. Steps to Knowledge Continuation Training, Step 12: Today I will not try to be happy.
  23. Steps to Knowledge Continuation Training, Step 82: Great joy is with me today.
  24. Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book I, Chapter 4: Trust
  25. Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book I, Chapter 19: Fulfillment
  26. Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book I, Chapter 21: Enduring Happiness
  27. Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book II, Chapter 3: Pleasure
  28. Steps to Knowledge, Step 107: Today I will learn to be happy.

See also

Pursuit of happiness

Further study