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.

And it has been copied and re-posted at hundreds of other places on the internet, and frankly, we don’t mind. We want the good word to spread far and wide. We’re happy this is the first and the original of its kind.

We recently made a nifty video of all the positive psychology quotes here that also went viral on Facebook. Find the YouTube video link at the end of this post.

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, H. H. Dalai Lama (author of The Art of Happiness), Paul Romer, and even rock ‘n’ roll legend Kurt Cobain.

We briefly point it out here 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.

This post has seen 1,006,505 (one-million-plus) hits as early as Oct 2016. As of that date, it has been shared virally all over the social media, with Facebook shares clocking at 3,600, Twitter at 551, LinkedIn at 403, and Pinterest at 725. Making it by far the most widely shared ‘Positive Psychology Quotes’ post ever on the internet.

50 great psychology quotes

So, if you are searching for some quotes to get yourself into a positive mood today, or wanting to share with someone a positive motivation, we ask you to begin here.

Scroll though these awe-inspiring quotes from some of psychology’s best-recognized thinkers. Post one of these on your social networks, so your followers get their positive boost.

Keep this page bookmarked, as you’d want to return to them again and again.

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50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

Martin Seligman quote
1. Martin Seligman quote
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 Click To Tweet
Ed Diener quote
2. Ed Diener quote
Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and… it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy. — Ed Diener Click To Tweet
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quote
3. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quote
A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Click To Tweet
Chris Peterson quote
4. Chris Peterson quote
If positive psychology teaches us anything, it is that all of us are mixture of strengths and weaknesses. No one has it all, and no one lacks it all. — Christopher Peterson Click To Tweet
Robert Biswas-Diener quote
5. Robert Biswas-Diener quote
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 Click To Tweet
Todd Kashdan quote
6. Todd Kashdan quote
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 Click To Tweet
Ellen Langer quote
7. Ellen Langer quote
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 Fredrickson quote
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 quote
While some pain is probably inevitable in all relationships, successful couples are usually the ones who are able to forgive. — Ilona Boniwell Click To Tweet
Viktor Frankl quote
10. Viktor Frankl quote
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 Click To Tweet

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Carl Rogers quote
11. Carl Rogers quote
The good life is a process, not a state of being. — Carl Rogers Click To Tweet
Jonathan Haidt quote
12. Jonathan Haidt quote
Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants. — Jonathan Haidt Click To Tweet
Michael Argyle quote
13. Michael Argyle quote
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 Click To Tweet
Daniel Kahneman quote
14. Daniel Kahneman quote
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 quote
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 Kierkegaard Click To Tweet
Dalai Lama Compassion quote
16. Dalai Lama quote
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 quote
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 quote
We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. — Virginia Satir Click To Tweet
Abraham Maslow quote
19. Abraham Maslow quote
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 Click To Tweet
Edward de Bono quote
20. Edward de Bono quote

• If you’re new to positive psychology, then you must read this summary of the excellent book by one of the founding parents of positive psychology, Sonja Lyubomirsky, that tells us how to create our own happiness: The How of Happiness.

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 quote
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 quote

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

Life isn't is about having, it's about being. When you look for happiness in mere objects, they are never enough. Look around. Look within. — Nick Vujicic Click To Tweet
Daniel Gilbert quote
23. Daniel Gilbert quote
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 Click To Tweet
Shawn Achor quote
24. Shawn Achor quote
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 Click To Tweet
Sonja Lyubomirsky quote
25. Sonja Lyubomirsky quote
Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it's not out there is that it's inside us. — Sonja Lyubomirsky Click To Tweet
Tal Ben-Shahar quote
26. Tal Ben-Shahar quote
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 Click To Tweet
Brené Brown quote
27. Brené Brown quote
Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. — Brené Brown Click To Tweet
Charles Snyder quote
28. Charles Snyder quote
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 quote
Every person...is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, & perseverance. — Scott Barry Kaufman Click To Tweet
Marcus Buckingham quote
30. Marcus Buckingham quote
The best way to find out whether you're on the right path? Stop looking at the path. — Marcus Buckingham Click To Tweet

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Sigmund Freud quote
31. Sigmund Freud quote
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. — Sigmund Freud Click To Tweet
Kennon Sheldon quote
32. Kennon Sheldon quote
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. — Ken Sheldon Click To Tweet
Carol Dweck quote
33. Carol Dweck quote
Becoming is better than being. — Carol S. Dweck Click To Tweet
Carl Jung quote
34. Carl Jung quote
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 Jung Click To Tweet
Alice Miller quote
35. Alice Miller quote
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 Click To Tweet
Nathaniel Lambert quote
36. Nathaniel Lambert quote
Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy. — Nathaniel Lambert Click To Tweet
Albert Schweitzer quote
37. Albert Schweitzer quote
Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. — Albert Schweitzer Click To Tweet
Lao Tzu quote
38. Lao Tzu quote
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 Click To Tweet
Gretchen Rubin quote
39. Gretchen Rubin quote
It's more selfless to act happy. — Gretchen Rubin Click To Tweet
Barry Schwartz quote
40. Barry Schwartz quote

• Did you ever experience your wish manifesting as your reality? That is called self-fulfilling prophecy in psychology. Actually, the law of attraction was built around this concept. Know it all here.

We can regret less and be grateful for what is good in life. — Barry Schwartz Click To Tweet
Sharon Salzberg quote
41. Sharon Salzberg quote
The difference between misery & happiness depends on what we do with our attention. — Sharon Salzberg Click To Tweet
Susan Cain quote
42. Susan Cain quote
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 Click To Tweet
Robert Emmons quote
43. Robert Emmons quote
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 quote
Compassion does not render people tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers but individuals who will take on the pain of others. — Dacher Keltner Click To Tweet
Roy Baumeister quote
45. Roy Baumeister quote
What stress really does, though, is deplete willpower, which diminishes your ability to control those emotions. — Roy F. Baumeister Click To Tweet
Paul Romer quote
46. Paul Romer quote
A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. — Paul Romer Click To Tweet
Rosalind Kaplan quote
47. Rosalind Kaplan quote
Denial is a useful defense mechanism until it's not. — Rosalind Kaplan Click To Tweet
John Gottman quote
48. John Gottman quote
Happy marriages are based on a deep friendship, mutual respect and enjoyment of each others' company. — John Gottman Click To Tweet
Todd Kashdan quote 2
49. Todd Kashdan quote
When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. — Todd Kashdan Click To Tweet
Kurt Cobain quote
50.Kurt Cobain quote
I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. — Kurt Cobain Click To Tweet

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Final Words

We might have missed a whole lot of quotes that should have never been overlooked. We apologize. Please drop us a mail to say which positive psychology quote we have missed. Thank you in advance.

And, yes, Todd Kashdan makes double appearance.


Our favorite quotes from this list:
  • A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.
  • It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits.
  • Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being.
  • When we are open to new possibilities, we find them.
  • When we are grateful, we affirm that a source of goodness exists in our lives.
  • The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.

When we think back, our greatest challenge was to create this psychology quotes post in a format 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, so that it was as much shareable as memorable. You would love to bookmark it and come back to again in a few months. Thanks in advance!

We are humbled by your love for this post. Please keep your love on and share it further and farther. Thank you forever!

• Another quotes post we recently created (and you’d love the words there once you check that out) is this: 23+ Self-Love Quotes You Need To Read right Now!


Finally, here below is a beautiful video of the positive psychology quotes — watch and share with pleasure and joy:

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Author Bio: Sandip Roy is psychology writer, happiness researcher, and medical doctor. Founder of Happiness India Project, and chief editor of its blog. He writes popular-science articles on positive psychology and related topics.


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