50 Greatest Quotes Of Positive Psychology

Were you looking for some motivation based on science? Then this is the place to get your inspiration boost. Most of these quotes come from renowned experts in positive psychology or the science of happiness. These quotes help us understand ourselves better and show us our true potential.

Here are the top five positive psychology quotes:

  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

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50 Greatest Quotes Of The Positive Psychology

Here are the fifty greatest positive psychology quotes:

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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, the Father of Positive Psychology Click To Tweet
  • 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, the Father of Positive Psychology, author of Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Wellbeing
  • 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”), co-author of Well-Being: Foundations of Hedonic Psychology
  • A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Positive Psychologist, Father of “Flow”
  • 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, author of A Primer in Positive Psychology
  • 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, co-author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
  • 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, author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life
  • 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
  • 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
  • While some pain is probably inevitable in all relationships, successful couples are usually the ones who are able to forgive. — Ilona Boniwell, Positive Psychologist, co-author of Live Happy: 100 Simple Ways to Fill Your Life With Joy
  • 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
  • The good life is a process, not a state of being. — Carl Rogers, Humanistic Psychologist, author of Client-Centered Therapy
  • 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
Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants.— Jonathan Haidt Click To Tweet
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, author of Fear and Trembling
  • Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring…happiness to our lives. — Dalai Lama, Spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, author of How to See Yourself As You Really Are
  • 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, author of Your Many Faces: The First Step to Being Loved
  • 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
  • Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. — Edward de Bono, Physician, Psychologist, Originator of the phrase, concept, and author of “Lateral Thinking
  • We need each other. The sooner we learn that, it is better for us all. — Erik Erikson, Developmental Psychologist, and Psychoanalyst
  • 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
We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. — Chuck Palahniuk Click To Tweet

The next quote resonates with the spirit of positive psychology but comes from a person who is not a psychologist. For a guy born without arms or legs, who has lectured in 50 countries to more than 3 million people, he is way more inspirational than most of us: 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, speaker, born with Tetra-amelia Syndrome, a rare disorder marked by the absence of arms and legs, author of Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life
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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. — Nick Vujicic, a world-famous speaker born without arms or legs Click To Tweet
  • 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, author of Stumbling on Happiness
  • 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, author of Big Potential: Five Secrets of Reaching Higher
  • 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
  • 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 Rising Strong
  • Hope has proven a powerful predictor of outcome in every study we’ve done so far. — Charles R. Snyder, Positive Psychologist. [Hope is not the same as Optimism-find out how.]
  • 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
  • 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, author of Nine Lies About Work
  • Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. — Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist, Founder of Psychoanalysis
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Becoming is better than being. — Carol S. Dweck, Psychologist, Pioneering Researcher of Mindset
  • 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
  • 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
  • Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. —Albert Schweitzer, Theologian, Organist, Writer, Humanitarian, Philosopher, Physician, Nobel prize winner
  • 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
  • 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
  • We can regret less and be grateful for what is good in life. — Barry Schwartz, Social Psychologist, Author of The Paradox of Choice
  • The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention. — Sharon Salzberg, Teacher of Buddhist and Mindfulness Meditation, author of LovingKindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
  • 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 the international bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts [Do you think extroverts are happier than introverts? Are they?]
  • 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, World’s Foremost Researcher on Gratitude, author of Words of Gratitude
  • Happy marriages are based on a deep friendship, mutual respect, and enjoyment of each others’ company. — John Gottman, Researcher, Clinician. Has worked over four decades on Divorce Prediction and Marital Stability, co-author of The Man’s Guide To Women
Happy marriages are based on a deep friendship, mutual respect, and enjoyment of each others' company. — John Gottman Click To Tweet
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  • A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. — Paul Romer, Economist, Co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Denial is a useful defense mechanism until it’s not. — Rosalind Kaplan, Formerly practiced Internal Medicine for 30 years. Presently teaches Medical Humanities
  • 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
  • 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
  • What stress really does, though, is deplete willpower, which diminishes your ability to control those emotions. — Roy F. Baumeister, Social Psychologist, Works on social rejection, sex differences, self-control, self-esteem, motivation, aggression, and free-will, author of Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
  • When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. — Todd Kashdan, Positive Psychologist, co-author of The Power of Negative Emotion
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Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. 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
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. 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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A History of This Post

A quote is a great way to inspire us if the words are right. These powerful and meaningful words come from the authorities in positive psychology. So, these are indeed some rightmost words to make you feel positive, inspired, and happy.

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

This post is the world’s first set of famous positive psychology picture-quotes. We first published it in March 2015 after losing a tonne of sweat and sleep to help you get into the high spirits of positivity.

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 happy, we felt a sense of unparalleled happiness ourselves!

And we shall keep on feeling humbled and grateful to everyone who came to this post and shared a bit.

Frankly, we were a little apprehensive about whether people would like it. But when we launched, we felt great satisfaction to see it loved and shared by millions of you.

This post of positive psychology quotes has been copied and re-posted at many places. But frankly, we do not mind. We are rather happy that the kind words have spread far and wide. We feel proud it turned out the first 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 get psyched and motivated each time. So we made this as picture-quotes so that it was as much shareable as memorable.

We’re grateful for the kindness of all who shared it. And, yes, Todd Kashdan makes a double appearance!

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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.

Abraham Maslow, the legendary psychologist behind the Hierarchy of Needs pyramid, was the one who coined and gave us the term positive psychology in 1954.

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 work in other branches, like social psychology.

We also went a little adventurous and included quotes from some inspirational masters of their trade, but incidentally not from the world of psychology, as Nick Vujicic, H. H. Dalai Lama, Paul Romer, and even rock ‘n’ roll legend Kurt Cobain. Their words make us feel optimistic, feel good, and prove that happiness is a choice. Without their words, this post and our world would have been poor.

Final Words

Keep this page bookmarked, as you would want to return here a few times. And please share it further. Post one on your social networks so that your followers and friends get a booster dose of authentic happiness.

We are sure you would love to come back here again in some weeks or months to refresh the feeling of happiness. We feel humbled by your love for this post. Thank you forever!

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FAQs

1. 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.

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


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