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21 Joyful Quotes to Light Up Your Heart

Joyful Quotes | Happiness Quotes

We could all feel more joy.  Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we did?

But the problem is we don’t pay attention to joy. We’re so dedicated to worry, fear, self-doubt, anger, impatience, or another wayward emotion that joy takes a backseat.
Please consider breaking-up with these troublesome emotional patterns.  Instead, make a commitment to joy.

Use these joy quotes like a tonic.  Choose one a day.  Tape it to your mirror, stick it on your computer screen, or clip it to your daily planner.  Read it often and tap into joy.  Smile for no reason.  Laugh out loud.  Enjoy the beauty you notice in each moment.

21 Quotes to Inspire Joy

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” ― Mark Twain

“’Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ― Anne Frank

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” ― Jack London, The Call of the Wild

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. ― Deepak Chopra

“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.” ― Goldie Hawn

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ― Marianne Williamson

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” ― Shannon L. Alder

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ― Ashley Smith

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” ― Pearl S. Buck

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ― Mark Twain

“A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.” ― Mother Teresa,

“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.” ― Thomas Mann

Choose joy as often as you can.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”  – Joseph Campbell

“Scatter joy!” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love this call to action from Emerson:  “Scatter joy!”  Joy is the medicine so desperately needed in these times.  Feel free to use and share the image above in this sweet endeavor.  I wish you all the joy in the world!

How’s the measure of joy in your life these day?  I would love to hear.

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  1. Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for the inspiring quotes.
    That’s the good point to kick off my Monday tomorrow 🙂


  2. All the quotes are fantastic, Sandra. As a quote junkie, I am always adding to my collection and love them all! Thank you. Truly, words make such a difference and it is a great way to show ourselves some self-love by reading inspiring words. Have a happy week ahead!

    And my favorite in this list is “Scatter Joy”. But you would have guessed that anyway! Hugs!

    • Yes, that one’s a perfect fit for you, Vidya! I’m glad I could add a few to your collection. I like how you frame reading inspiring quotes as an act of self-love. Wishing you a happy week too.

  3. Sachichinanda speaks to me after the death of my wife. Let joy fill us, and inform us in the midst of calamity!

    • I’m sorry for you loss, Rich. I felt very moved by your love. I’m inspired by how you are willing to step into joy. Sending you all my love and of course prayers for Diana’s transition.

  4. Love the John Green quote Sandra. The idea that we had to know pain to know joy just never worked for me.

    Super quotes. 🙂

  5. Mark Twain was so right on! Yes, as an artist and art teacher, I totally KNOW that comparion is the death of joy! Thanks for these beauties, Sandra! Love and hugs!

  6. These are beautiful Sandra. Thanks for sharing. I love this line “Serenity is contagious.” Time for a little serenity! 🙂

  7. Sandra,

    Thank you for all of these smiles. You will see some of them showing up in my images! 🙂

  8. Suzie Cheel

    Love the Henri J.M. Nouwen one and the mark Twain one as jean does- a real challenge often Brilliant collection of joy thank you xx

    • I especially like the Nouwen too, Suzie. And some quotes – like Twain’s – just never go out of style! You’re welcome!

  9. Hi, Sandra

    love the quote with the picture: laughter is the sunbeam of the soul. Laughter can delete all the negative vib inside ourselves.

    For your question to us: How’s the measure of joy in your life these day? It varies all the time; but mostly on the positive side.

    Will share!

    Stella Chiu

    • Oooh, I like that take on laughter, Stella, wiping out all the negative vibes. You’re right, life has it’s ups and downs, but I’m glad it’s mostly positive for you. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Nicely written and uplifting.

  11. I’m a quote junkie! I love these quotes. Thank you for sharing them.

  12. Oh, I do love quotations and you’ve collected some beauts here! It’s very simple, but one of my favorites has always been, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” For me it’s a reminder to look for the opportunity to grow and find value with every experience, not just the good stuff. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • You’re welcome, Marquita. It’s amazing how a single quote like the one you mention can hold so much meaning for us. They are truly gems!

  13. A beautiful collection of quotes about “Joy” Sandra. I can recall a few events in my life that were joyful in relation to an event. You’ve made me think of how much more important it is to create joy than to wait for it to happen.

    • Thank you! Oh yes, I think that’s so true, Internally created joy is more available than we might ever think. Wishing you well.

  14. I love your eclectic collection of quotes, Sandra. What greater joy than to see some of my favorites make the list? Dr Seuss, Joseph Campbell, Mark Twain and Tagore are often my sources of inspiration.

    I’m going with Marianne Williamson’s quote today. Its a perfect gratitude quote for a Sunday.

  15. Guada

    These joyful quotes keep me reminded of what really matters in a person’s life and those are the simple things money cannot buy. I’m working on my way to happiness thru the path where God wants me to be contented and have a peace of mind.

  16. Great list. Thank you for sharing these, they are inspiring. I particularly like “Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.” ― Thomas Mann


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