7 Uplifting Quotes About Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy. But how, exactly, does one go about it? Here, psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks and more share their tips: https://www.ted.com/playlists/4/what_makes_you_happy
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    "We all know people who have lots of misfortune that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy. They radiate happiness... Why? Because they are grateful. It's gratefulness that makes us happy." - David Steindl-Rast
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    "Well-being is not just a mere pleasurable sensation. It is a deep sense of serenity and fulfillment. A state that actually pervades and underlies all emotional states, and all the joys and sorrows that can come one's way." - Matthieu Ricard
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    "Smiling can help reduce the level of stress-enhancing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and dopamine, increase the level of mood-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and reduce overall blood pressure." - Ron Gutman
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    "Happiness exists in action; it exists in telling the truth and saying what your truth is; and it exists in giving away what you want the most." - Eve Ensler
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    "People are happiest when in flow, when they're absorbed in something out in the world, when they're with other people, when they're active, engaged in sports, focusing on a loved one, learning, having sex." - Nancy Etcoff
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    "We have within us the capacity to manufacture the very commodity we are constantly chasing when we choose experience." - Dan Gilbert
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    "In embracing the diversity of human beings, we will find a surer way to true happiness." - Malcolm Gladwell