The idea of happiness is relative. It varies from person to person.
The happiness of a little girl can come from receiving a doll from her parents and the happiness of a regular employee can come from getting a promotion.
It depends on your point of view and outlook in life.
Here are some quotes that verbalize how some people define happiness or how they find happiness in their lives:
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.”
–William E. Gladstone
“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.”
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”
“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”
“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”
–Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.”
“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”
“The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.”
“You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.”
“All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.”
“In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?”
“A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.”
“I do believe that if you haven’t learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness.”
Being happy is a choice.
There will always be something that could make us sad or even angry, but they don’t have to be reasons or excuses for you not to be able to find happiness.
It is in how you respond to life and what it throws at you that will determine how you feel while you live it.