What does real happiness look like and how do we get there? Explore science-based answers and tools in the book, Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy by Deborah K. Heisz and the editors of Live Happy magazine. It includes practical tips, wisdom and stories of everyday happiness. Enjoy the following quotes from the book to get you through today.
“Every job is so much bigger than the task you do; remembering that, every day, changes the way you approach it.”
—Mary Miller, Jancoa CEO
Sometimes there are things in life you just have to own and move forward from. They don’t have to define or own you; they’re just a small part of you. Once you realize that, you can look forward to the possibilities of a new day.”
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
“Love of spouse can easily be replaced by love of work. We love the work we do, and it can be all-consuming, so we have to make sure that we take time for each other.”
As happiness grows, person by person, so does the hope for joy—and peace—in the world.”
—Jeff Olson, Live Happy founder
“Relationships matter because people don’t show up to work because they have to—but because they want to be with their friends, their tribe. And they matter because people tend to go above and beyond when they share mutual respect and trust.”
“People who have a sense of meaning in life also report feeling more happy, more satisfied with their lives, less depressed and anxious, and more satisfied with their jobs.”
—Michael Steger, Ph.D.
“The goal is to put something in the world that feels meaningful.”
“I feel blessed that learning about the emerging work of brilliant positive psychologists is part of my daily work—and that I’m able to fulfill a key part of my life’s purpose by sharing exciting research and uplifting stories with you.”
—Deborah K. Heisz, Live Happy CEO, co-founder and editorial director
Creating is the act of paying attention to our experiences and connecting the dots, so we can learn more about ourselves and the world around us.”
—Brené Brown, Ph.D.
“Gratitude is many things to many people. It is wondering; it is appreciation; it is looking at the bright side of a setback; it is fathoming abundance; it is thanking someone in your life; it is thanking God; it is ‘counting blessings.’”
—Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
—Henry David Thoreau
“You’d think mindfulness would be so easy—just hang out with yourself all day. But it’s the great challenge of our lives, and everything else flows from it.”
There’s a version of happiness that is a oneness with what is. It’s a quality of peace. If our egos are going to chase anything, that would be the lovely thing to chase.”
“You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.”