50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

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 

Martin Seligman quote

1. Martin Seligman

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

Ed Diener quote

2. Ed Diener

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 Diener

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quote

3. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. - Csikszentmihalyi Click To Tweet
Christopher Peterson quote

4. Christopher Peterson

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

Robert Biswas-Diener quote

5. Robert Biswas-Diener

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

Todd Kashdan quote

6. Todd B. Kashdan

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 quote

Ellen Langer quote

7. Ellen J. Langer

It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits. ― E. Langer Click To Tweet
Barbara Fredrickson quote

8. Barbara L. Fredrickson

Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being. - B. Fredrickson Click To Tweet
Ilona Boniwell quote

9. Ilona Boniwell

While some pain is probably inevitable in all relationships, successful couples are usually the ones who are able to forgive. – Ilona Boniwell

Viktor Frankl quote

10. Viktor Frankl

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 Frankl

Carl Rogers quote

11. Carl Rogers

The good life is a process, not a state of being. - Carl Rogers Click To Tweet
Jonathan Haidt quote

12. Jonathan Haidt

Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants. - Jonathan Haidt Click To Tweet
Michael Argyle quote

13. Michael Argyle

For happy people, time is ‘filled and planned’. For unhappy people time is unfilled, open and uncommitted; they postpone things and are inefficient. – Michael Argyle

Daniel Kahneman quote

14. Daniel Kahneman

Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it. - Daniel Kahneman Click To Tweet
Soren Kierkegaard quote

15. Soren Kierkegaard

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 Kierkegaard

Dalai Lama quote

16. Dalai Lama

Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring...happiness to our lives. - Dalai Lama Click To Tweet
Chuck Palahniuk quote

17. Chuck Palahniuk

We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. - Chuck Palahniuk Click To Tweet
Virginia Satir quote

18. Virginia Satir

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
Abraham Maslow quote

19. Abraham Maslow

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 Maslow

Edward de Bono quote

20. Edward de Bono

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. - Edward de Bono Click To Tweet
Erik Erikson quote

21. Erik Erikson

We need each other. The sooner we learn that, it is better for us all. - Erik Erikson Click To Tweet
Nick Vujicic quote

22. Nick Vujicic

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

Daniel Gilbert quote

23. Daniel Gilbert

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

Shawn Achor quote

24. Shawn Achor

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 Achor

Sonja Lyubomirsky quote

25. Sonja Lyubomirsky

Happiness 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
Tal Ben-Shahar quote

26. Tal Ben-Shahar

Happiness, not money or prestige, should be regarded as the ultimate currency—the currency by which we take measure of our lives. – Tal Ben-Shahar

Brené Brown quote

27. Brené Brown

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. - Brené Brown Click To Tweet
Charles Snyder quote

28. Charles R. Snyder

Hope has proven a powerful predictor of outcome in every study we've done so far. - Charles R. Snyder Click To Tweet
Scott Barry Kaufman quote

29. Scott Barry Kaufman

Every person...is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, & perseverance. Click To Tweet
Marcus Buckingham quote

30. Marcus Buckingham

The best way to find out whether you're on the right path? Stop looking at the path. - Marcus Buckingham Click To Tweet
Sigmund Freud quote

31. Sigmund Freud

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud Click To Tweet
Kennon Sheldon quote

32. Kennon M. Sheldon

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. Sheldon

Carol Dweck quote

33. Carol S. Dweck

Becoming is better than being. - Carol S. Dweck Click To Tweet
Carl Jung quote

34. Carl G. Jung

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

Alice Miller quote

35. Alice Miller

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

Nathaniel Lambert quote

36. Nathaniel Lambert

Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy. – Nathaniel Lambert

Albert Schweitzer quote

37. Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. - Albert Schweitzer Click To Tweet
Lao Tzu quote

38. Lao Tzu

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 Tzu

Gretchen Rubin quote

39. Gretchen Rubin

It's more selfless to act happy. - Gretchen Rubin Click To Tweet
Barry Schwartz quote

40. Barry Schwartz

We can regret less and be grateful for what is good in life. - Barry Schwartz Click To Tweet
Sharon Salzberg quote

41. Sharon Salzberg

The difference between misery & happiness depends on what we do with our attention. - Sharon Salzberg Click To Tweet
Susan Cain quote

42. Susan Cain

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 Cain

Robert A. Emmons quote

43. Robert A. Emmons

When we are grateful, we affirm that a source of goodness exists in our lives. - Robert Emmons Click To Tweet
Dacher Keltner quote

44. Dacher Keltner

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

Roy Baumeister quote

45. Roy F. Baumeister

What stress really does, though, is deplete willpower, which diminishes your ability to control those emotions. – Roy F. Baumeister

Paul Romer quote

46. Paul Romer

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. - Paul Romer Click To Tweet
Rosalind Kaplan quote

47. Rosalind Kaplan

Denial is a useful defense mechanism until it's not. - Rosalind Kaplan Click To Tweet
John Gottman quote

48. John M. Gottman

Happy marriages are based on a deep friendship, mutual respect and enjoyment of each others' company. - Gottman Click To Tweet
Todd B. Kashdan quote 2

49. Todd B. Kashdan

When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. - Kashdan Click To Tweet
Kurt Cobain quote

50. Kurt Cobain

I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. - Kurt Cobain Click To Tweet

Final Words

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.

When we think back, our greatest challenge was to create this psychology quotes post in a format that people could come back to again and again, and be psyched and motivated each time. So, we created this around a structure of picture quotes. This was as much shareable as memorable.

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