128 Inspiring Happiness-After-Sadness Quotes To Lift You Up

Last Updated on February 14, 2024

“When I Despair, I Remember That All Through History The Way Of Truth And Love Have Always Won.”

I have experienced my fair share of sadness in life, as I am sure many of you have too. Whether it’s from a broken heart, a lost job, or a personal tragedy, we all have moments where we feel like we’re at our lowest point. 

But the good news is that it is possible to find happiness again, even after the most difficult of times.

One of the first steps I took in finding happiness after a period of sadness was to focus on self-care. I realized that I had neglected my own needs for too long, and that it was time to start taking care of myself both physically and mentally. 

This meant making time for exercise, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities that brought me joy. 

I found that by prioritizing my own well-being, I was better equipped to handle the challenges that life threw my way.

Another thing that helped me find happiness was to focus on gratitude. It can be easy to get caught up in negative thoughts and feelings when we’re going through a tough time, but shifting our focus to what we’re grateful for can make a big difference. 

I started a daily gratitude journal, where I would write down three things I was thankful for each day. It could be something as simple as a warm cup of coffee in the morning or a supportive friend who listened to me vent. 

By taking time to appreciate the good things in my life, I found that my overall mood improved.

I also made a conscious effort to surround myself with positivity. This meant limiting time spent with people who brought me down or made me feel worse about myself, and instead seeking out those who uplifted me and made me feel good. 

I joined clubs and groups that aligned with my interests, and volunteered my time to help others in need. 

By surrounding myself with positive people and experiences, I found that my own happiness increased.

Finally, I learned to let go of the past and focus on the present. Holding onto anger, regret, or resentment only serves to keep us stuck in negative emotions. 

I realized that I couldn’t change what had happened in the past, but I could control how I chose to move forward. 

By embracing the present moment and looking towards the future with optimism, I found that my outlook on life became much brighter.

Finding happiness after sadness is not always easy, but it is possible. By prioritizing self-care, focusing on gratitude, surrounding ourselves with positivity, and letting go of the past, we can find our way back to happiness. 

Remember that everyone’s journey is different, and it’s okay to take things one day at a time. Just keep moving forward, and trust that happiness is within reach.

Hopeful Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“Once you start down the slippery slope of depression, it’s hard to climb off of it. And sometimes you don’t want to climb off of it.” – Keary Taylor, What I Didn’T Say

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

Hopeful Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.” – Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.” – Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” – Edith Wharton

“I am not good at noticing when I’m happy, except in retrospect.” – Tana French, In The Woods

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“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” – George Washington

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”- Gabriel García Márquez

“Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.” – Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People

“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.”- Doris Mortman

“A smile puts you on the right track. A smile makes the world a beautiful place. When you lose your smile, you lose your way in the chaos of life.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,.”- Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights And Inspirations

“Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And i will always believe the same about you.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.” – Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections On Life And The Human Experience

“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” – Stephen Richards

Hopeful Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“Your success and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. But to be happy it is essential not to be too concerned with others. Consequently, there is no escape. Happy and judged, or absolved and wretched.” – Albert Camus, The Fall

“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”- Hafez

“Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who dont respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

“When your back is to the wall and you are facing fear head on, the only way is forward and through it.” – Stephen Richards, Releasing You From Fear

“Sometimes you weren’t supposed to share pain. Sometimes it was best just to deal with it alone.” – Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen

“There is no loss, if you cannot remember what you have lost.”- Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August

“Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

“Sometimes you break your heart in the right way, if you know what I mean.” – Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

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“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”- Marcel Pagnol

“There you go…let it all slide out. Unhappiness can’t stick in a person’s soul when it’s slick with tears.” – Shannon Hale, Princess Academy

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” – Martha Washington

“I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart.”- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hopeful Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“Whoever is happy will make others happy.” – Anne Frank, The Diary Of A Young Girl

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – William James

“Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.” – Leo Tolstoy, War And Peace

“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” – Bob Marley

“From the moment we are born, we begin to die.” – Janne Teller

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

“People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat–that’s the only moral they know.” – Dany Laferrière, I Am A Japanese Writer

“If you can’t get what you want, you end up doing something else, just to get some relief. Just to keep from going crazy. Because when you’re sad enough, you look for ways to fill you up.” – Laura Pritchett, Sky Bridge

“You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

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

“Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another’s happiness than in your own.” – Honoré De Balzac, Père Goriot

“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.”- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Hopeful Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“Having a low opinion of yourself is not ‘modesty.’ It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not ‘egotism.’ It’s a necessary precondition to happiness and success.” – Bobbe Sommer

“Why should we build our happiness on the opinons of others, when we can find it in our own hearts.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract And Discourses

“To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.” – Gustave Flaubert

“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”- Jasmine Warga, My Heart And Other Black Holes

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet.”- James Oppenheim

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

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“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”- Nicholas Sparks, A Walk To Remember

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else.” – K.L. Toth

“Happiness is like those palaces in fairytales whose gates are guarded by dragons We must fight in order to conquer it.” – Alexandre Dumas

“Happiness is a risk. If youre not a little scared, then youre not doing it right.” – Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

“It’s OK not to be OK.” – Lindsey Kelk, I Heart New York

“Joy came always after pain.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.”- Daisaku Ikeda

Hopeful Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.” – Ayn Rand, Anthem

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.”- Epictetus

“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”- John Lennon

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” – Kahlil Gibran, Sand And Foam

“My only regrets are the moments when I doubted myself and took the safe route. Life is too short to waste time being unhappy.” – Dan Howell

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The true measure of a man is how he treats you when others are not looking.” – Alessandra Torre

“I don’t know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn’t make you happy.”- J.D. Salinger, Franny And Zooey

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” – Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice

“You must be the best judge of your own happiness.” – Jane Austen, Emma

“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.” – Wayne Dyer

“I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.” – John Barrowman

“Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.”- Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

Hopeful Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.” – Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey To The End Of The Night

“I am always sad, I think. Perhaps this signifies that I am not sad at all, because sadness is something lower than your normal disposition, and I am always the same thing. Perhaps I am the only person in the world, then, who never becomes sad. Perhaps I am lucky.” – Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

“When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.” – Stephen Richards

I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.” – Neil Gaiman, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

“There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. Its just a waste of perfectly good happiness.”- Katerina Stoykova Klemer

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Positive Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” – Germany Kent

“Never be afraid of tears. Tear-filled eyes are capable of seeing truth. Tear-filled eyes are capable of seeing the beauty of life.” — Osho

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The sky cries for those filled with sadness.” ― Sonya Watson, The Tide Breaker

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Sadness is the ambrosia of all art.” ― Frances Fong

“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.” — Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

“Do not feel sad for your tears as rocks never regret the waterfalls.” ― Munia Khan

Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever” — Unknown

Positive Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“Your greatest highs come from overcoming your greatest lows.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

“First, accept sadness. Realize that without losing, winning isn’t so great.” — Alyssa Milano

“Trying to avoid sadness is trying to avoid life.” — Maxime Lagacé

“I do believe that if you haven’t learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness.” — Nana Mouskouri

“Learning is a gift. Even when pain is your teacher.” — Maya Watson

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

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Maraboli, Life, The Truth, And Being Free

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice

“People wait around too long for love. I’m happy with all of my lusts.”- C. Joybell C.

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what its like to feel absolutely worthless and they dont want anyone else to feel like that.” – Robin Williams

“It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.” – Daisaku Ikeda

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Positive Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“You cannot be with someone just because you dont want to hurt him. You have your own happiness to think about.” – Melissa De La Cruz, The Van Alen Legacy

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.” – C. Joybell C.

“Perfectionism is the enemy of happiness. Embrace being perfectly imperfect. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, youll be happier. We make mistakes because we are imperfect. Learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself, and keep moving forward.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”- Bertrand Russell, The Conquest Of Happiness

“Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.” – Jasmine Warga, My Heart And Other Black Holes

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“The moral of the story is even though that seemed like the end of the world back then, right now I can look back on it and laugh. And if anyone is going through something similar right now just know it will get better.” – Phil Lester

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

“The trick. . .is to find the balance between the bright colors of humor and the serious issues of identity, self-loathing, and the possibility for intimacy and love when it seems no longer possible or, sadder yet, no longer necessary.” – Wendy Wasserstein

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”- Aristotle

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

“I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness. The proof is how beautiful sad songs can be. So I dont think being sad is to be avoided. Its apathy and boredom you want to avoid. But feeling anything is good, I think. Maybe thats sadistic of me.”- Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”- George Washington Burnap, The Sphere And Duties Of Woman: A Course Of Lectures

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”- Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You Can Be Successful

“We dont even ask happiness, just a little less pain.” – Charles Bukowski

“Don’t cry over someone who wouldn’t cry over you.”- Lauren Conrad

“Laughter is poison to fear.” – George R.R. Martin, A Game Of Thrones

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” – Epictetus

Positive Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”- Mother Teresa

“When you’re happy, you enjoy the music but when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.” — Frank Ocean

“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.” ― Mark Twain

“He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.” — Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

“Sadness usually results from one of the following causes either when a man does not succeed or is ashamed of his success.” — Seneca

“When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.” ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“So much sadness exists in the world that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy as lies within our powers.” — Rev. Dr. John Sutherland Bonnell

“There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.” ― Alfred de Musset

“People cry, not because they are weak. It is because they’ve been strong for too long.” ― Johnny Depp

“I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.” — Charlie Chaplin

“Life is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know what happiness is. Noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence.” ― Abhysheq Shukla, KARMA

“Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Positive Quotes For Happiness After Sadness

“Don’t worry. Be happy.”– Bobby McFerrin

What Are Quotes And How Can They Help Us To Improve Our Life?

Quotes are powerful words of wisdom that can inspire, motivate, and encourage us to be our best selves. They can come from famous figures, wise philosophers, or even our friends and family. 

But what exactly are quotes, and how can they help us improve our lives?

At their core, quotes are condensed pieces of wisdom that offer insight and guidance on how to navigate life’s challenges. They can help us gain perspective, find inspiration, and remind us of our own inner strength

By reading and reflecting on quotes, we can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

In addition to offering words of wisdom, quotes can also serve as a daily reminder to stay focused on our goals and aspirations. 

They can encourage us to push through difficult times, stay motivated, and maintain a positive attitude.

Overall, quotes can be a valuable tool for personal growth and self-improvement. They can help us gain clarity, stay motivated, and find inspiration when we need it most. 

What Are “Happiness-After-Sadness” Quotes And How Can They Help To Make Our Life Better?

For me, happiness-after-sadness quotes can offer comfort and motivation during times of struggle, and help me to focus on the positive aspects of life.

Happiness-after-sadness quotes can serve as a reminder that pain and sadness are temporary, and that we have the power to overcome them.

They can help to shift our mindset from one of despair to one of optimism, and inspire us to keep moving forward. 

These quotes can also offer guidance on how to find happiness, by encouraging us to practice self-care, focus on gratitude, and surround ourselves with positivity.

By incorporating these quotes into our daily lives, we can develop a more positive mindset and find the motivation we need to keep pushing forward.

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Next Steps – How To Incorporate Happiness-After-Sadness Quotes Into Your Life?

For me, incorporating happiness-after-sadness quotes into my life has been a valuable tool for finding hope and positivity during difficult times. Here are some ways that I have found helpful:

First, I like to keep a list of my favorite quotes on hand, either in a journal or on my phone. When I’m feeling down, I can refer back to these quotes for a quick dose of inspiration.

Next, I try to read at least one quote every day, either in the morning to start my day on a positive note, or before bed to reflect on the day and find peace before sleeping.

I also like to share quotes with friends and family, as a way to spread positivity and encourage others to find happiness in their own lives.

Finally, I try to incorporate the wisdom of these quotes into my daily life. This means practicing self-care, focusing on gratitude, and surrounding myself with positivity. 

By living out the values and advice of these quotes, I find that I am better able to maintain a positive mindset and find happiness even during the most difficult times.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Happiness-After-Sadness Quotes?

Happiness-after-sadness quotes are words of wisdom and encouragement that remind us that happiness is possible, even after experiencing difficult times.

How Can Happiness-After-Sadness Quotes Help Me?

These quotes can offer comfort, motivation, and inspiration during times of struggle, helping to shift our mindset from one of despair to one of hope.

Where Can I Find Happiness-After-Sadness Quotes?

There are many resources available online, including websites and social media accounts that share inspirational quotes. You can also create your own list of favorite quotes to refer back to during difficult times.

How Do I Incorporate Happiness-After-Sadness Quotes Into My Life?

Some ways to incorporate these happiness after sadness quotes include keeping a list of favorites on hand, reading one quote a day, sharing quotes with friends and family, and living out the values and advice of these quotes in our daily lives.


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