This is perhaps the best collection of the most famous positive psychology quotes in the world. We gave a lot of our sweat and blood to create this post of inspirational quotes, drawing from the esoteric world of psychologists. It is immensely satisfying to see it come to be loved by millions of people.
We tried to include everyone that is Who’s Who of Positive Psychology. We also included “psychological” quotes by some giants who are not positive psychologists or even psychologists, but without those of their words, our world would have been poorer.
As we searched through the publicly available resources, the journey became increasingly fascinating and we rushed to include Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Sigmund Freud, and Carl G. Jung.
We also went a little adventurous and included some great quotes from people who were or are inspirational masters of their trade, but incidentally not from the world of psychology, as Nick Vujicic, Dalai Lama, Paul Romer, and even Kurt Cobain.
We briefly point here that it was in 1998 that positive psychology was formally introduced to the world by Martin Seligman along with Christopher Peterson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Ed Diener. By the way, it was Abraham Maslow who coined the phrase ‘positive psychology’ in 1954.
This post turned out to be a viral post containing the greatest collection of Positive Psychology quotes ever. We feel ever too humbled and grateful.
We published this on 21 Mar, 2015. As of Oct 2016, this post has seen 1,006,505 hits and has been shared virally over social media, with Facebook shares clocking at 3,600, Twitter at 551, LinkedIn at 403, Google+ at 70, and Pinterest at 725. Making it so far the most widely shared ‘Positive Psychology Quotes’ post ever on the internet.
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50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes
The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life. – Martin Seligman
Probably the biggest insight… is that happiness is not just a place but also a process. …Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and… it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy. – Ed DienerA joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. - Csikszentmihalyi Click To Tweet
If positive psychology teaches us anything, it is that all of us are mixture of strenhths and weaknesses. No one has it all, and no one lacks it all. – Christopher Peterson
The good life is best construed as a matrix that includes happiness, occasional sadness, a sense of purpose, playfulness, and psychological flexibility, as well autonomy, mastery, and belonging. – Robert Biswas-Diener
As for the future, it remains unwritten. Anything can happen, and often we are wrong. The best we can do with the future is prepare and savor the possibilities of what can be done in the present. – Todd Kashdan quoteIt is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits. ― E. Langer Click To Tweet Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being. - B. Fredrickson Click To Tweet
While some pain is probably inevitable in all relationships, successful couples are usually the ones who are able to forgive. – Ilona Boniwell
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. – Viktor FranklThe good life is a process, not a state of being. - Carl Rogers Click To Tweet Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants. - Jonathan Haidt Click To Tweet
For happy people, time is ‘filled and planned’. For unhappy people time is unfilled, open and uncommitted; they postpone things and are inefficient. – Michael ArgyleNothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it. - Daniel Kahneman Click To Tweet
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. – Søren Aabye KierkegaardCompassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring...happiness to our lives. - Dalai Lama Click To Tweet We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. - Chuck Palahniuk Click To Tweet We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. - Satir Click To Tweet
If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. – Abraham MaslowUnhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. - Edward de… Click To Tweet We need each other. The sooner we learn that, it is better for us all. - Erik Erikson Click To Tweet
Life isn’t is about having, it’s about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you’d still be as miserable as a human can be. I know people with perfect bodies who don’t have half the happiness I’ve found. …The if I just had X, I would be happy syndrome is a mass delusion. When you look for happiness in mere objects, they are never enough. Look around. Look within. – Nick Vujicic
The truth is, bad things don’t affect us as profoundly as we expect them to. That’s true of good things, too. We adapt very quickly to either. – Daniel Gilbert
When we encounter an unexpected challenge of threat the only way to save ourselves is to hold on tight to the people around us and not let go. – Shawn AchorHappiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it's not out there is that it's inside us. Click To Tweet
Happiness, not money or prestige, should be regarded as the ultimate currency—the currency by which we take measure of our lives. – Tal Ben-ShaharVulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. - Brené Brown Click To Tweet Hope has proven a powerful predictor of outcome in every study we've done so far. - Charles R. Snyder Click To Tweet Every person...is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, & perseverance. Click To Tweet The best way to find out whether you're on the right path? Stop looking at the path. - Marcus Buckingham Click To Tweet Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud Click To Tweet
Follow your dreams. Figure out where you’d like to be, what you would like to be doing, and then figure out what you need to do to get there. – Kennon M. SheldonBecoming is better than being. - Carol S. Dweck Click To Tweet
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. – Carl G. Jung
Genuine feelings cannot be produced, nor can they be eradicated. We can only repress them, delude ourselves, and deceive our bodies. The body sticks to the facts. – Alice Miller
Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy. – Nathaniel LambertHappiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. - Albert Schweitzer Click To Tweet
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao TzuIt's more selfless to act happy. - Gretchen Rubin Click To Tweet We can regret less and be grateful for what is good in life. - Barry Schwartz Click To Tweet The difference between misery & happiness depends on what we do with our attention. - Sharon Salzberg Click To Tweet
Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform. – Susan CainWhen we are grateful, we affirm that a source of goodness exists in our lives. - Robert Emmons Click To Tweet
Compassion does not render people tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers but individuals who will take on the pain of others, even when given the chance to skip out on such difficult action or in anonymous conditions. – Dacher Keltner
What stress really does, though, is deplete willpower, which diminishes your ability to control those emotions. – Roy F. BaumeisterA crisis is a terrible thing to waste. - Paul Romer Click To Tweet Denial is a useful defense mechanism until it's not. - Rosalind Kaplan Click To Tweet Happy marriages are based on a deep friendship, mutual respect and enjoyment of each others' company. - Gottman Click To Tweet When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. - Kashdan Click To Tweet I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. - Kurt Cobain Click To Tweet
We might have missed a whole lot of quotes that should have never been overlooked. We apologize. Please include a comment on which positive psychology quote we have missed. Thank you. And, yes, Todd Kashdan makes double appearance.
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