Definitions of Happiness

Ken Robinson in his book The Element – How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything talks about the absolute importance of following your bliss (à la Joseph Campbell). It’s a great read and a strong rally call to change our education system. Too right I say!



Tallking of Ken Robinson his TED speech is an absolute must-see too. It’s all about how he sees our current school system as a destroyer of creativity (and therefore individual identity and happiness. He’s a funny guy too. One day my Future Self will be as good a public speaker as he is!



I love this summary of the different types of happiness by Martin Seligman at his TED talk – what he calls  Pleasant, Engaged and Meaningful.



Here Dan Pink gives his thoughts onwhat constitutes a healthy way of living creatively: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. In a way it is the same message as Martin Seligman’s but one that is geared towards a corporate audience and the discussion of what motivates us. Click Here to hear his talk.


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
Ayn Rand

Happiness is something that you are and it comes from the way you think.
Wayne Dyer

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
William H. Sheldon

Happiness is not a reward – it is a consequence.
Robert Ingersoll

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
George Sheehan

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

Happiness is not something you experience, it’s something you remember.
Oscar Levant

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
Denis Waitley

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