133 Positive Quotes for a Life of Joy

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A life of joy may seem like a big ask right now, but here’s how to get on your way…

Use these positive quotes as affirmations for yourself, and your friends and followers, to improve your mood and outlook on life.

Here you’ll find:Why to love positive quotes.Positive quotes for life.Uplifting positive quotes.Positive quotes of encouragement.Positive quotes when depressed.Positive quotes of hope.Plus a brilliant way to turn the worst day into the best day!And positive quotes hashtags for Instagram and Twitter.

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Why Positive Quotes?

Our outlook and attitude plays a huge part in how happy we are in life and how successful we become.

Someone who thinks positively will be more relaxed, calm, and smile more than someone who is always looking on the bad side, who lets stress get to them, and who constantly wears a frown.

Times are tough – I get it!

But don’t make things harder by being pessimistic. This too shall pass.

Not only does how you think and feel affect you, it also affects those around you.

Developing and keeping a positive outlook is essential if you wish to lead a positive and fulfilling life, and influence those around you for the better.

First let’s look at some quotes that express why you need positivity!

Joyce Meyer always cuts to the chase!

Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it. ~Joyce Meyer

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. ~Joyce Meyer

Complain and remain. Praise and be raised. ~Joyce Meyer

Faith is having a positive attitude about what you can do and not worrying at all about what you can’t do. ~Joyce Meyer

When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner. ~Joyce Meyer

Pessimism keeps you in a cage.

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~Winston Churchill

In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact. ~Les Brown

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create. ~Roy T. Bennett

Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude. ~Lou Holtz

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. ~Roy T. Bennett

Short and not-so-sweet! Negativity is boring.

It’s much more pleasant to be around positive people.

Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive good things and good people will be drawn to you.” ~Mary Lou Retton

Positive anything is better than negative nothing. ~Elbert Hubbard

Delete the negative; accentuate the positive. ~Donna Karan

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. ~Zig Ziglar

More reasons to be positive…

Your thoughts are colored by what you:

WantKnowFeelHearReadDoSeeand Love!

So focus on the positive.

It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive. ~Ellen DeGeneres

When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple. ~Paulo Coelho

Happiness is a mood. This means it can be fleeting.

Positivity is a mindset. So set your mind, and stay positive!

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. ~Zig Ziglar

Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands. ~Roy T. Bennett

Positivity always wins… Always. ~Gary Vaynerchuk

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Positive Quotes for Life

Here’s a great group that will make you think!

If you spend all of your time looking to the future, you’ll lose sight of the present.

Light tomorrow with today. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living. ~Roy T. Bennett

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~Helen Keller

Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life. ~Charlie Brown

Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down. ~Roy T. Bennett

Are you your own poison or your own medicine?

Which vials do you choose?

If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude about it. Don’t complain. ~Maya Angelou

You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. ~Dr. Seuss

Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles. ~Roy T. Bennett

Feeling negative? Try this attitude adjusting advice:

Drink some water.Go outside.Look up from your phone.Eat some fruit.Find a dog or cat.Ask for help.Help someone else.

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely. ~Roy T. Bennet

How to make a positivity potion:

Smidgen of wisdom.Dash of love.Sprinkle of acceptance.Feather of hope.Pinch of luck.Handful of self-love.Sliver of inspiration.Plash of jot.Sprig of truth.Hint of gratitude.

Mix, and enjoy!

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler

I think people who ridicule positivity think positivity is easy. ~Jonny Sun

Guard your positivity, it’s precious!

There is a sense that things, if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done, do work out. ~Hillary Clinton

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. ~Helen Keller

Slippery slopes are not reserved for negativity.

Get on a slippery slope of positivity!

Remember: Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up. ~Rocky Balboa

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. ~Richard M. Nixon

The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. ~Winston Churchill

One click can change your life. Choose wisely.

Click on the positive. Scroll by the negative.

I will go anywhere as long as it’s forward. ~David Livingston

Positive thoughts lead to positive results. ~Maria V. Snyder

Clear your mind of “can’t”. ~Samuel Johnson

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Uplifting Positive Quotes

Celebrate today like it’s your unbirthday. ‘Cause it probably is!

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. ~Oprah Winfrey

Keep a smile on your face. Keep a spring in your step. ~Joel Osteen

Feed your inner person encouraging things that build you up and cause you to be positive, hopeful and inspired. ~Joel Osteen

This very day can be the first day of your new life. ~Robin Sharma

There’s no magic in the world like hearing the first few notes of a song you really love.

So if you’re feeling down, turn up the tunes!

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. ~Willie Nelson

There is always something to be grateful for. ~Rhonda Byrne

A little progress each day adds up to big results. ~Anonymous

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. ~Roald Dahl

Do you believe?

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. ~Jimmy Johnson

Miracles are born of conviction. ~Marianne Williamson

If you want it and expect it, it will be yours very soon. ~Esther Hicks

Take what you need. It’s waiting for you!

If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining. ~Guy Finley

Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ~Robin Williams

You can think you’re awesome without thinking you’re better than everyone else.

Let your unique awesomeness and positive energy inspire confidence in others. ~Anonymous

Stay positive. Forgive others. Invest in yourself. Trust your instincts. Lead with an open heart. Don’t let others ruin your day. Do things that bring you joy. Be of service to humanity. Find your soul tribe. Love yourself. ~Lewis Howes

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. ~Aristotle

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Positive Quotes of Encouragement

Celebrate all the positive choices you’ve made today. Go you!

Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive. ~Matt Cameron

Stay positive, all other choices are pointless punishments to your psyche. ~Joe Peterson

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. ~John Wooden

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. ~Arianna Huffington

Yes, you can! Just maybe not right now.

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. ~Andrew Jackson

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. ~Carl Rogers

Positive thinking must be followed by positive doing. ~John C. Maxwell

Positive thoughts are not enough. There have to be positive feelings and positive actions. ~Kamari aka Lyrikal

Never give up, for that is just the place and time the tide will turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~Anonymous

On the other side of the clouds is a bright blue sky. ~Anonymous

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~Henry Ford

Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you. ~Jean-Paul Sartre

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. ~Marcus Aurelius

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Accept the fact that all events occur for a reason, and that it is within your capacity to see this reason as positive. ~Robert Greene

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Positive Quotes when Depressed

I hope these quotes lift your spirits!

Please also talk to a trusted friend, and seek professional help if needed.

Feeling down? You won’t feel this way forever.

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa

All bad things, like good things, must end. ~Nihar Sharma

If you tell yourself you feel fine, you will. ~Jodi Picoult

You always pass failure on the way to success. ~Mickey Rooney

Live as if your prayers are to be answered. ~Anonymous

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. ~William James

I have decided to be happy, because it’s good for my health. ~Voltaire

You can be:


And still be positive.

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. ~Washington Irving

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~A.A. Mine

There is bad in the good, and good in the bad. Seek the good!

Every day may not be good… but there’s something good in every day. ~Alice Morse Earle

It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop. ~Confucius

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation. ~Michael Jordan

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. ~Dalai Lama

Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up. ~Tupac Shakur

Positivity isn’t standing in the rain and saying it’s not raining. It’s about finding a silver lining in the clouds.

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end. ~Roy T. Bennett

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ~Michael Jordan

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

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Positivity Quotes of Hope

Don’t forget – you’ve only read part of your story so far. You don’t yet know how it ends.

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. ~Vince Lombardi

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~Christopher Reeve

The best is yet to be. ~Robert Browning

In the end, everything will be okay. If it’s not okay, it’s not yet the end. ~Fernando Sabino

May the flowers remind up why the rain was so necessary. ~Xan Oku

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~Dolly Parton

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. ~Marcus Aurelius

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. ~Duke Ellington

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~Dale Carnegie

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. ~Martin Luther King Jr

Try to accept the season you’re in right now. Things will get better!

The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on. ~Charles Dickens

We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish. ~Tony Robbins

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind. ~C. S. Lewis

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you. ~David Foster Wallace

The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow. ~Robert Tew

I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself. ~Albert Einstein

The most important thing is to look ahead. The past is your anchor. ~Maxime Lagacé

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. ~Robert Schuller

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How to Turn the Worst Day Ever Into the Best

Having the worst day ever?

Take this advice from a teen – it’s all in how you look at it. Turn it upside down and make it the best day!

This clever twist on a seemingly-sad story went viral on social media. A British fellow saw the poem tacked to the wall of a bar in London, photo’d it, and posted it on Twitter.

The author’s mother also gave the poem some momentum by sharing it with her friends on Facebook. Yay Mom!

When I saw it, I too wanted to share! I made the poem into a pretty graphic that you can Pin to Pinterest.

Reading the poem from the top paints the world as a sad and dark place. But get to the end, and you’re asked to read it again, from bottom to top. What a change!

The author of this creative and insightful poem is Chanie Gorkin, who was an 11th grader when she wrote this.

Rachel Eber with Eber & Wein Publishing said that Gorkin submitted her poem in a contest in November 2014. She made it to the semifinal round in that contest and her piece was published in an anthology.

I’m a big fan of this “turn it upside down” philosophy and made the graphic below years ago. Life keeps coming up with bad days, so I can always use another reminder!

Here’s the text of the poem:

Worst Day Ever? by Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be obtained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day

**Now read from the bottom to top.

Share the poem graphic to cheer up someone who may be having the worst day ever.

Positive Quotes Hashtags

If you use these as social media quotes, you’ll want to add hashtags!

Make your own images for Instagram, or copy and paste the text here to tweet.

You can use 11 – 30 hashtags on Instagram. You might want to include hashtags for days of the week.

Here are 30 positive quotes hashtags to choose from:

#positivity #positivevibes #positivequotes #wordsofwisdom #dailymotivation #qotd #goodvibes #positivethoughts #positivethinking #bepositive

#inspirational #inspiration #motivation #inspirationalquotes #motivational #motivationalquotes #quoteoftheday #instagood #lifequotes #quotesdaily

#quotestoliveby #happiness #inspirationalquote #dailyquotes #beblessed #inspiring #beinspired #instadaily #loveyourself #quotesaboutlife

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However, you may Pin to Pinterest with a link back to this page.


We covered:

Why to love positive quotes.Positive quotes for life.Uplifting positive quotes.Positive quotes of encouragement.Positive quotes when depressed.Positive quotes of hope.Plus a brilliant way to turn the worst day into the best day!And hashtags for positive quotes.

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