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88+ Positive Quotes about Life and Happiness [Updated 2018]

Looking for some inspiration today? Here is our list of positive quotes about life and happiness to help you stay motivated. Take comfort that we all struggle sometimes day to day and things usually get better.

Life is rarely a smooth ride for anyone and most of us are going to experience some highs and lows. Low points are an unavoidable part of life. Amazing friendships and a peaceful mindset can definitely help. We hope that as you hit these setbacks and rough patches that you can continue on knowing there’s hope and better times to come.

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Uplifting Sayings to Boost Your Day

1. “Good times become good memories and bad times become good lessons.” – Unknown

Learn from your mistakes

Wins rarely offer up any lessons. You usually find out what needs improvement and different angles when you lose. Take time to review your next loss and view it in a positive light. Take some time to focus on yourself and take the needed steps to grow.

2. “Happiness is a choice. Peace is a state of mind. Both are free!” – Amy Leigh Mercree

Take responsibility for your emotions

If you let everything tilt you off balance throughout the day, then you’re not going to get much done. Understand that most problems presented throughout the day will be trivial and not worth your emotional investment. The choice for happiness is always available to you…if you can make.

3. “When it rains, look for rainbows; when it’s dark, look for stars.” – unknown

Take a positive outlook

Some days are going to be hard, and they’re going to be much harder if you have a negative outlook. Taking a gloomy and pessimistic view on life and challenges is going to strain your will power and resolve much quicker. Try to see the brighter side of things and accept challenges as they arise in your life.

4. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

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Write a grateful list

Start your day off right by writing a short list of things and people you are grateful for. We often take what we have for granted as we seek to pursue newer and bigger goals. Try to remember and cherish what you have because it can all disappear at any time.

5. “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” – Joyce Meyer

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Eat a healthy breakfast

How you start your morning is going to be a determining factor to how you approach the rest of your day. Start your day with small wins such as the following:

  • Make your bed
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Brush your teeth
  • Take some vitamins
  • Watch something motivational

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6. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne(Winnie the Pooh)

Catch your negative comments

We are often unaware of all the negative comments we make throughout the day. Find some way to make yourself away when you put yourself or others down. An easy way to do this is just to make a note in any writing app such as Google Keep or Notes.

7. “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Praise someone

Find something nice to say about someone everyday. We often take our friends and family’s achievements and work for granted as it becomes routine. Find some time today to encourage someone who is doing a good job or trying out something new.

8. “You will see in the world what you carry in your heart.” – Creig Crippen

Like 3 Facebook posts

It takes very little time and costs you absolutely nothing. For someone who is having a bad day it could mean the world to get a little positive re-enforcement. We can’t escape the social media age so we might as well point it in a positive direction.

9. “The sun is new each day.” — Heraclitus

Try something new

It doesn’t have to be something incredibly daring or dangerous. Try something new each day whether it be new food, new content, or new activities. You never know what you’re missing out on until you experience it.

10. “Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” — Yoko Ono

Give yourself a pep talk each morning

It sounds ridiculous, but face it – most of us can’t afford to hire a coach to fire us up in the morning. It might work for you and be a good way for you to setup your day as well as define your priorities.

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Short positive quotes

Short positive messages that you can use throughout the day to bring your mood up or cheer up those around you!

11. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

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12. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle

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13. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

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14. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare

short positive quotes William Shakespeare

15.  “Live each day as if your life had just begun.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

short positive quotes Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

16. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

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17. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

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18. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.” – Helen Keller

19. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

20. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” – Bob Marley

21. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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22. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

23. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

24. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

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25. “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

26. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

27. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

28. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

29. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney Company

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30. “You never fail until you stop trying.” – Albert Einstein

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31. “What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

32. “‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” – Voltaire

33. “Try a little harder to be a little better.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

34. “Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” – Paulo Coelho

35. “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” – George Eliot

36. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

37. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale

38. “You will never have this day again, so make it count.” – unknown

39. “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.” – Connor Franta

40.  “You have to be odd to be number one.” – Dr. Seuss

41. “If you stumble, make it part of the dance” – unknown

42. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

43. “If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy

44. “Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.” – unknown

45. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

46. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller

47. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Maraboli

48. “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross

49. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

50. “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down” – Charlie Chaplin

51. “I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.” – Albert Einstein

52. “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” – Kurt Cobain

53. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

54. “Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

55. “Dream as if you will live forever; Live as if you will die today.” – James Dean

56.“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.” – Henry Rollins

57. “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” – Abraham Lincoln

58. “At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” – Steve Maraboli

59. “For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” – Winston S. Churchill

60. “Without fear there cannot be courage.” – Christopher Paolini

61. “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius

62. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

63. “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

64. “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin

65. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston S. Churchill

66.  “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.” – Samantha Snyder

67. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited of what could go right.” – Tony Robbins

68. “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finley

69. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem

70. “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” – Anne Frank

71. “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” – Miguel de Unamuno

72. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

73. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

74. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

75. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

76. “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” – Mark Twain

77. “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” – W.P. Kinsella

78. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” – Mark Twain

79. “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” – Douglas Adams

80. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

81. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz

82. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

83. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

84. “Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.” – Rocky Balboa

85. “Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” – Wayne Huizenga

86. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

87. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

88. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill

89. “Always take the high road, it’s far less crowded.” — Charlie Munger

90. “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Good Will Hunting

91. “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams

92. “Success isn’t overnight. It’s when everyday you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.” – Dwayne Johnson

Stay positive today

Keep your mind right and work hard today. Be prepared for everything that can go wrong and know to expect them. Find people who put you in a good mood and keep them around you. Life is hard enough as it is, there’s no need to turn up the difficulty by bringing along a bad mood.

Hope you guys can find some inspiration today,