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50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

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Here is a list of 50 of the most inspiring positive psychology quotes in the world. In this article, you can find quotes from famous people from the world of psychology, positive psychology, and other popular domains from around the globe. These psychological quotes can help you understand yourself better and motivate you to tap deep into your true potential.

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We briefly point it out here it was in 1998 that positive psychology — the science of happiness — was formally introduced to the world by Martin Seligman along with Christopher Peterson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Ed Diener.

It was Abraham Maslow — the legendary American psychologist behind the Hierarchy of Needs pyramid — who coined the phrase ‘positive psychology’ in 1954.

5 Favorite Quotes From Positive Psychology

You’d agree a quote is a great way to inspire us if the words are right — and these powerful and meaningful words come from the authorities in the field of positive psychology. So, we say, these are indeed some of the rightmost words to make you feel positively strong and inspiringly happy.

These 5 positive psychology quotes are representative and special favorites:

  1. A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  2. Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being. — Barbara Fredrickson
  3. 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
  4. Happiness, not money or prestige, should be regarded as the ultimate currency — the currency by which we take the measure of our lives. — Tal Ben-Shahar
  5. When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. — Todd Kashdan

The 50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

Are you searching for some quotes to get yourself into a happier, optimistic, and positive mood today? Do you want to get a dose of positive motivation from an authentic quote based on research?

In this post, you’ll find quotes by the experts from positive psychology (the science that studies how to happy), world-famous psychologists, and some highly influential people who found true happiness, from around the globe. These will make you feel inspired, find happiness, and help you rise out of your negative emotions and worries. Then here we go!

Here are The 50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes:

1. 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, Father of Positive Psychology

2. 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, Positive Psychologist (also known as “Dr. Happiness”)

3. A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Positive Psychologist, Father of “Flow”

4. If positive psychology teaches us anything, it is that all of us are a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. No one has it all, and no one lacks it all.

Christopher Peterson, Positive Psychologist, co-author of Character Strengths An Virtues

5. Once you start making the effort to “wake yourself up” – that is, be more mindful in your activities – you suddenly start appreciating life.

Robert Biswas-Diener, Positive Psychologist

6. As for the future, it remains unwritten. Anything can happen, and often we are wrong. The best we can do with the future is to prepare and savor the possibilities of what can be done in the present.

Todd Kashdan, Positive Psychologist

7. It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits.

Ellen J. Langer, Positive Psychologist, author of Counterclockwise: A Proven Way to Think Yourself Younger and Healthier.

8. Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being.

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Positive Psychologist, author of Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection

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

Ilona Boniwell, Positive Psychologist

10. 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, Logotherapy founder, a holocaust survivor, author of Man’s Search For Meaning

11. The good life is a process, not a state of being.

Carl Rogers, Humanistic Psychologist

12. Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants.

Jonathan Haidt, Positive Psychologist, Expert in Psychology of Morality, Author of The Happiness Hypothesis

13. 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, Foremost Thinker in Social Psychology, Author of The Psychology of Happiness

14. Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.

Daniel Kahneman, Psychologist, Economist, Winner of 2002 Nobel in Economics

15. 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, The First Existentialist Philosopher

16. Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring…happiness to our lives.

Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Spiritual leader of the Tibetan people

17. We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

Chuck Palahniuk, Novelist, author of the award-winning novel Fight Club

18. 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, Humanistic and Existential Psychologist, Mother of Family Therapy

19. 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, Humanistic and Positive Psychologist, the proponent of The Hierarchy of Needs.

20. Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.

Edward de Bono, Physician, Psychologist, Author, Originator of the phrase and concept of “Lateral Thinking

21. We need each other. The sooner we learn that, it is better for us all.

Erik Erikson, Developmental Psychologist, and Psychoanalyst

22. 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, World famous speaker born with Tetra-amelia Syndrome, a rare disorder marked by the absence of arms and legs

23. 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, Positive Psychologist, Known for research on Affective Forecasting

24. When we encounter an unexpected challenge of a threat, the only way to save ourselves is to hold on tight to the people around us and not let go.

Shawn Achor, Author, Speaker, Positive Psychology advocate

25. 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, Positive Psychologist, author of The How of Happiness

26. Happiness, not money or prestige, should be regarded as the ultimate currency — the currency by which we take the measure of our lives.

Tal Ben-Shahar, Positive Psychologist, author of The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact in a Challenging World

27. Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.

Brené Brown, a research professor who has spent two decades studying Courage, Vulnerability, Guilt, Shame, author of Dare To Lead

28. Hope has proven a powerful predictor of outcome in every study we’ve done so far.

Charles R. Snyder, Positive Psychologist, author of The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology

29. Every person on this earth is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, & perseverance.

Scott Barry Kaufman, Humanistic and Positive Psychologist, Author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization.

30. The best way to find out whether you’re on the right path? Stop looking at the path.

Marcus Buckingham, Researcher, Founder of The Strengths Revolution

31. Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist, Founder of Psychoanalysis

32. 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 Sheldon, Positive Psychologist studying Motivation, Goals, Wellbeing, author of Stability of Happiness

33. Becoming is better than being.

Carol S. Dweck, Psychologist, Pioneering Researcher of Mindset

34. 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, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Founder of Analytical Psychology

35. 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, Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Philosopher

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

Nathaniel M. Lambert, Associate Editor of The Journal of Positive Psychology

37. Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.

Albert Schweitzer, Theologian, Organist, Writer, Humanitarian, Philosopher, Physician, Nobel winner

38. 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, Ancient Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism

39. It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted. yet everyone takes the happy person for granted.

Gretchen Rubin, Author of the international bestseller The Happiness Project

40. We can regret less and be grateful for what is good in life.

Barry Schwartz, Social Psychologist, Author of The Paradox of Choice

41. The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.

Sharon Salzberg, Author of LovingKindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Teacher of Buddhist and Mindfulness Meditation

42. 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, Writer, Lecturer, Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts

43. Gratitude … goes far beyond saying ‘thank you.’ When we are grateful, we affirm that a source of goodness exists in our lives.

Robert Emmons, Positive Psychologist, Editor-In-Chief of Journal of Positive Psychology, Foremost Researcher on Gratitude

44. Compassion does not render people tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers but individuals who will take on the pain of others.

Dacher Keltner, Positive Psychologist, Founder, and Director of the Greater Good Science Center, host of the podcast The Science of Happiness

45. What stress really does, though, is deplete willpower, which diminishes your ability to control those emotions.

Roy F. Baumeister, Social Psychologist, Works on the self, social rejection, belongingness, sexuality and sex differences, self-control, self-esteem, self-defeating behaviors, motivation, aggression, and free-will

46. A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

Paul Romer, Economist, Co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

47. Denial is a useful defense mechanism until it’s not.

Rosalind Kaplan, Formerly practiced Internal Medicine for 30 years, Presently teaches Medical Humanities

48. Happy marriages are based on a deep friendship, mutual respect, and enjoyment of each others’ company.

John Gottman, Psychological Researcher, and Clinician Has worked over four decades on Divorce Prediction and Marital Stability

49. When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything.

Todd Kashdan, Positive Psychologist, author of The Power of Negative Emotion

50. I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.

Kurt Cobain, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter at the grunge-rock band Nirvana

Images: 50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

Scroll through these positivity-inspiring quotes from some of psychology’s best-recognized thinkers.

Martin Seligman quote
1. Martin Seligman quote
Ed Diener quote
2. Ed Diener quote
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quote
3. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quote
Chris Peterson quote
4. Chris Peterson quote
Robert Biswas-Diener quote
5. Robert Biswas-Diener quote
Todd Kashdan quote
6. Todd Kashdan quote
Ellen Langer quote
7. Ellen Langer quote
Barbara Fredrickson quote
8. Barbara Fredrickson quote
Ilona Boniwell quote
9. Ilona Boniwell quote
Viktor Frankl quote
10. Viktor Frankl quote
Carl Rogers quote
11. Carl Rogers quote
Jonathan Haidt quote
12. Jonathan Haidt quote
Michael Argyle quote
13. Michael Argyle quote
Daniel Kahneman quote
14. Daniel Kahneman quote
Soren Kierkegaard quote
15. Soren Kierkegaard quote
Dalai Lama Compassion quote
15. Dalai Lama quote
Chuck Palahniuk quote
16. Chuck Palahniuk quote
Virginia Satir quote
18. Virginia Satir quote
Abraham Maslow quote
19. Abraham Maslow quote
Edward de Bono quote
20. Edward de Bono quote
Erik Erikson quote
21. Erik Erikson quote
Nick Vujicic quote
22. Nick Vujicic quote
Daniel Gilbert quote
23. Daniel Gilbert quote
Shawn Achor quote
24. Shawn Achor quote
Sonja Lyubomirsky quote
25. Sonja Lyubomirsky quote
Tal Ben-Shahar quote
26. Tal Ben-Shahar quote
Brené Brown quote
27. Brené Brown quote
Charles Snyder quote
28. Charles Snyder quote
Scott Barry Kaufman quote
29. Scott Barry Kaufman quote
Marcus Buckingham quote
30. Marcus Buckingham quote
Sigmund Freud quote
31. Sigmund Freud quote
Kennon Sheldon quote
32. Kennon Sheldon quote
Carol Dweck quote
33. Carol Dweck quote
Carl Jung quote
34. Carl Jung quote
Alice Miller quote
35. Alice Miller quote
Nathaniel Lambert quote
36. Nathaniel Lambert quote
Albert Schweitzer quote
37. Albert Schweitzer quote
Lao Tzu quote
38. Lao Tzu quote
Gretchen Rubin quote
39. Gretchen Rubin quote
Barry Schwartz quote
40. Barry Schwartz quote
Sharon Salzberg quote
41. Sharon Salzberg quote
Susan Cain quote
42. Susan Cain quote
Robert Emmons quote
43. Robert Emmons quote
Dacher Keltner quote
44. Dacher Keltner quote
Roy Baumeister quote
45. Roy Baumeister quote
Paul Romer quote
46. Paul Romer quote
Rosalind Kaplan quote
47. Rosalind Kaplan quote
John Gottman quote
48. John Gottman quote
Todd Kashdan quote 2
49. Todd Kashdan quote
Kurt Cobain quote
50. Kurt Cobain quote

Video: 50 Positive Psychology Quotes

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50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes
Video: 50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

15 Click-To-Tweet Positive Psychology Quotes

In this section, we present some of the quotes above as ready-made Tweets for you.

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 TweetLove is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being. — Barbara L. Fredrickson Click To TweetA joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Father of "Flow" Click To TweetLove and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants. — Jonathan Haidt Click To TweetNothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it. — Daniel Kahneman Click To TweetWe all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. — Chuck Palahniuk, author of "Fight Club" Click To TweetUnhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. — Edward de Bono Click To TweetHappiness 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 TweetBeing entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. — Sigmund #Freud Click To TweetBecoming is better than being. — Carol S. Dweck, Psychologist, Pioneering Researcher of Growth Mindset Click To Tweet#Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. — Albert Schweitzer, Polymath Click To TweetA crisis is a terrible thing to waste. — Paul Romer, Winner of the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences Click To TweetDenial is a useful defense mechanism until it's not. — Rosalind Kaplan, MD Click To TweetI'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not. — Kurt Cobain, the legend of grunge-rock Click To TweetLife 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, successful motivational speaker, born without arms or legs Click To Tweet
Nick Vujicic
Nick Vujicic, born without arms or legs

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  • If you’re new to positive psychology, then you must own this excellent book by Sonja Lyubomirsky, where she tells us how to build a fulfilling and contented life, how to check our levels of subjective well-being, and how to create our happiness — all based on authentic research. Catch the book summary here: The How of Happiness.
  • Hard-To-Believe-Fact: As a lecturer at Harvard University, Tal Ben-Shahar created the most popular course at Harvard University’s history: Positive Psychology 1504!
  • A quote by Brené Brown finds a place here because we normally assume that vulnerable people can’t be happy; but that idea is plain wrong as she proves in her The Power of Vulnerability.
  • We normally link happiness and positivity with the extroverted nature and hold that extroverts are happier people. But Susan Cain, who features here, argues otherwise in her international bestseller Quiet. Watch her TED talk that still stands today as one of the most viewed of all time.
  • Did your wish ever manifest as your reality? If it did, then that is called a self-fulfilling prophecy in psychology. Actually, the law of attraction was built around this concept.
  • Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gave the world the Broaden-And-Build Theory (BBT) of Positive Emotions. The BBT suggests building up positive emotions will tend to broaden our creative openness, understanding, and behavior. For example, joy makes us want to play, curiosity makes us want to explore.
  • What is Flow? According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, people are at their optimal level of happiness when they are in a state of “flow.” This is a state complete immersion – mentally, physically, and emotionally. During flow, people are so engrossed in their activities, they fail to notice even hunger and time. People in flow are less concerned with external rewards; they do the activity out of sheer pleasure. Find out how to achieve the “flow” state of optimal happiness.
  • If you’re loving this, and are interested to get a few great books based on positive psychology, then check this out: 50 Best Books For Happiness and Positivity.

Psychologists And Others Who Feature Here

We tried to include everyone that is Who’s Who of Positive Psychology:

Abraham Maslow, Martin Seligman, Chris Peterson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ed Diener, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Kennon Sheldon, Todd Kashdan, Robert Biswas-Diener, Barbara Fredrickson, Ellen Langer, Ilona Boniwell, Daniel Gilbert, Robert Emmons, Dacher Keltner, Jonathan Haidt, Tal Ben-Shahar, Charles R. Snyder, Scott Barry Kaufman, Nathaniel M. Lambert, John Gottman, Shawn Achor.

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 included some “psychological” quotes by a few giants who are not positive psychologists, but psychologists working in other branches of the field, as social psychology. We felt without these of their words, our world would have been poorer.

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. Their words make us feel optimistic, feel good, and prove to us that happiness is a choice.

[Learn here what is positive psychology.]

Final Words

Created back in Mar 2015, this post turned out to be a viral post containing the most authentic collection of Positive Psychology quotes to appear on the internet first. While trying to create something that would make people feeling happy, we felt a sense of unparalleled happiness ourselves!

And, we shall keep on feeling humbled and grateful to everyone who read and shared this.

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.

This post of the greatest positive psychology quotes has been copied and re-posted at hundreds of other places, but frankly, we do not mind. We are rather happy that the good word has spread far and wide. We’re satisfied and elated to be the first and the original of its kind.

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

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FAQs

What is the hashtag for Positive Psychology?

The single unified hashtag one may use for sharing any positive psychology post or quote on the social media is: #PosPsy.

What are some journals on Positive Psychology?

Some of the best-established journals to find authentic quotes and findings on positive psychology are 1. The Journal of Positive Psychology 2. Journal of Happiness Studies 3. Journal of Well-Being Assessment 4. International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology 5. Indian Journal of Positive Psychology.

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