Life's what you make it.
The only way we can ever really get through life is by being happy. Otherwise, what is the point in living?
But sometimes, there is nothing harder than being happy.
We try and we try but it’s not always so easy as following steps to try to live a happier life. Because often there are things that happen in our lives that we let get in our way. Friendships ending, a fight with someone we love, something going wrong with something you ordered online…there are so many little things (and they are little in the grand scheme of things if we were honest with ourselves) that we let determine our happiness.
Yes, there are things that SHOULD make us happy: getting engaged or having a baby or even finding that perfect spot right in front of the store on a rainy day. There is nothing wrong with that and sometimes, it's those little things that make a bad day good again.
However, we shouldn’t let things determine our happiness, or more precisely, other people.
Whether we are fortunate enough to spend our days with someone we love or are thoroughly enjoying our single life, there is only one person who should decide if you’re in a happy mood or not: you.
After all, life is a series of ups and downs and the only way to know which is which is how you look at it.
And since it can be hard to remember, here are 19 inspirational quotes to remind you that when it comes to your happiness, you are in charge.
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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” -Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
"To be happy you must be your own sunshine." -C. E. Jerningham
"You are responsible for your own happiness. If you expect others to make you happy, you will always be disappointed." -Unknown
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” -Martha Washington
“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that." -Stacey Charter
"Most folks are as happy as they make their mind up to be." -Abraham Lincoln
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” -Aristotle
“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” -James M. Barrie
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” -James Oppenheim
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -Mahatma Gandhi
"If you want to be happy, be." -Leo Tolstoy
“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” -Milton Erickson
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” -Dalai Lama
“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.” -Brian Tracy
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” -L.M. Montgomery
“The grass is always greener where you water it.” -Unknown
"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness." -Charles Spurgeon
"Happiness is an inside job. Don't assign anyone else that much power over your life." -Mandy Hale