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The judges who rated Norway as better even than Denmark must have visited on a Saturday night. It’s the only time we break our ‘law of Jante’It’s always strange to live in a country that is listed as being one of the very best. When you have everything outwardly, it can make you look inwards. That’s when you sit down and think: “I wonder what Ryan Gosling is doing right now.” People in Syria do not worry about that stuff, for them happiness is something as simple as peace. But if you’re from safe little Norway, you’ve got loads of time to imagine what Ryan is up to. He’s probably eating lunch with Eminem and Benicio Del Toro. You know, just catching up with two old friends. Or maybe he’s just at home feeling kind of down, wondering what’s going on in Leonardo DiCaprio’s life? I’m sure Ryan has things he struggles with too.
Mar 24 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about World Happiness report. 99 people are quoted and you can read 128 citations of them about World Happiness report. Sonja Lyubomirsky, James Maddux, Max Strom and Jeffrey Sachs, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Sonja Lyubomirsky said: “The biggest factor in happiness is having strong relationships.”.
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Max Strom

In the western world there are probably around 40 per cent of people who are suffering from anxiety or depression, because happiness is plummeting. And it's largely driven by the rise of technology. People are more connected than ever, and yet they have never been more isolated. People are now starving for intimacy. You can't tell tone of voice, or see facial expressions. So when you communicate using text or email, you're having 10 per cent of a relationship. We now have to rely on emoticons to get the true meaning across.

Max Strom

Pregnant women are taught to breathe because it is so beneficial when coping with physical and emotional distress, but nobody else is. So when smokers go out for their break, the rest of the workforce should be allowed to follow them out, to go and breathe in the fresh air. It would have such a big impact. Happiness is something we all want, and yet nobody is educated about how to achieve it. Nobody really thinks what makes them happy, they just think about what gives them pleasure. It's not the same thing. We should teach happiness in schools.

Mark Williamson

Ultimately we want to help create a society that puts people's overall happiness first, rather than focusing just on economic growth. We want to encourage people away from self-obsessed materialistic and unfulfilling behaviour towards a more collaborative and loving way of living.

Max Strom

The internet is the new white sugar. The more you use it, the more you want to use it, and the worse it is for you. People waste so much time on technology and what they don't realise is that time is lifespan. When you kill time, you are killing yourself. Some technology is good. The washing machine has hugely freed up time for people, for example.

Max Strom

But it's important to define happiness at the deepest level. If you never go on this journey and learn what makes you happy, you will never find it.

Chuck Berry

I don't advocate sorrow. I pursue happiness in all avenues of life, and so I shall avoid funerals, even my own.

Jeffrey Sachs

The United States offers a vivid portrait of a country that is looking for happiness in 'all the wrong places'. The country is mired in a rolling social crisis that is getting worse. Yet the dominant political discourse is all about raising the rate of economic growth and the prescriptions for faster growth – mainly deregulation and tax cuts – are likely to exacerbate, not reduce, social tensions.

José Mourinho - Manchester United

[A minimum of] Three years, I think I will be here, I think the club understood the necessity to give stability to all levels. I believe if we do that, even without a massive success, which is harder in football, even more so in England, but with some type of success, I see myself staying here if they want me to stay. I'm not a type of person to be at a club 10, 15 years, without real success. I need to have true success, my life is like that, I need that pride and happiness. In all honesty, I would like things to go well and be here many years.

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I need to have true success, my life is like that, I need that pride and happiness. In all honesty, I would like things to go well and be here many years. I think the club got so used to winning and having success, maybe they didn't realise other clubs were growing, even when Sir Alex was in his last years at the club. The Premier League were creating conditions for the other clubs to become financially powerful and that has definitely transformed the league. Nowadays all clubs have grown and with TV rights being shared, it's almost unique in European football.

Scott Stapp

After that shattering, a new person has emerged. It's still a work in progress. I haven't arrived by any means, but there's a clarity in my mind. I'm able to experience love and joy and happiness with my wife and children. All the things I love about life have slowly come back into my reality.

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook

The thing that I'm most proud of, and the thing that brings me the most happiness, is my family.

Laura Henry

I think it's an excellent idea. Over the last decade there has been a massive push to academia, results and school league tables and children's personal social development has been left behind. It's absolutely the best way to spend DfE money. It will save x amount of money in social care when they are adults.

Austin Hatch

I'm in love. I can't imagine losing Abigail now. We've been together for two and a half years and he was with my mom for over 20. She's made me grow in my faith and made me a better man. My faith has been tested a little bit… I don't think God made it happen [the two crashes] but he let it happen…But it's like, if he stopped every bad thing from happening, what would the world be like? My dad taught me how to take care of a woman, how to love a woman, how to love my family. He taught me to do that by showing me how he did it every day.

Anna Khaldie

After 20 years of waiting, I experienced such happiness. For Yevgeny Khaldei, every photo he took was very dear. It's not only the events he photographed but the people who participated in the events. If it was during a military action he was photographing someone who was running in the attack, and in 10 meters he could be dead. In the negative he was still alive and he was running toward victory.

Elaine Lively

I do think we all believe in the same thing, which is everybody wants happiness, everybody wants peace, everybody wants to feel safe and secure, but everybody has different ways of going about it.

Ngozi Adichie

It's not your job to be likable. It's your job to be yourself. Someone will like you anyway. When I go to play groups for toddlers, I can't help noticing parents always telling the girls to give a toy back, to sit down; the boys, not as much. Why not just have baby clothes organized by age and displayed in all colors? Gender roles are so deeply conditioned in us that we will often follow them even when they chafe against our true desires, our needs, our happiness. I know it sounds cheesy, but we really need to have a more just world – and we can make it happen. I believe people can change.

Rob Buccini

I am happy that the two of them have found happiness after three plus years of really painful times.

Ben Carson

There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.

Ben Carson

That's what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. T is for talent, which God gave to every person. Just raise your hand, everybody raise your hand. Now, what did you just pledge to do? Be nice to every single person you encounter for one week, including your spouse.

Ben Carson

There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. And do you know of all the nations in the world, this one, the United States of America, is the only one big enough and great enough to allow all those people to realize their dream. And this is our opportunity to enhance that dream. That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity.

Ryan Arcidiacono

It just brings pure happiness to my whole family. My parents are just so excited about it. It's an unbelievable feeling.

Mira Nair

I remember him saying, I have to go back, it's a waste of happiness to be away from them.

Valentina Tereshkova

When the spacecraft reached the orbit, I realized that I wouldn't be able to return to Earth because the ship was programmed to move to a higher orbit instead of deorbiting. I reported the situation to the mission control, they told me how to change the parameters and everything went on without trouble. It was hard, but we realized that we were working to make the country's glory shine and prevent the competitors from thrusting ahead. It was a great happiness to be the first in space.

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are. It's great to see Logan realize the importance of seeking health and happiness early in life – something too many people discover too late.

Lewis Stratford - Stratford

I know what I've done. I know the lives I've ruined, I've ruined a lot of people's lives, happiness. I deserve everything I get from whatever comes now. Hate. Anger.

Andrew Pozzi

It would have been far easier to have gone off and done something else – something with far more security and happiness. But I believed I had something to give.

Åsa Jansson

Historically, sadness has been linked to spiritual awakening. And in the Early Modern period, melancholy was linked to artistic genius… but the question is whether it's still useful today, within a cultural framework that celebrates happiness.

Abraham Poincheval

It's this strange feeling of a floating world, an incredible floating in this mineral capsule. Yes, there are very strong moments of getting dizzy, where the world is shaking monstrously. It's a moment of happiness, it's a gift, but at the same time one must stay clear-headed. There are very strong moments where you lose yourself, where suddenly you don't know anymore where you are.

Tarek El-Messidi

One of the silver linings of all this divisiveness and hate rhetoric has been the two communities coming together. Historically, we did not work together. People are putting their politics aside and working to fight bigotry together. They need to take a firm stance. It starts with an apology. We are tired of being grouped along with the crazies, they scare us just as much as any American. We need the administration to talk about the 3 million Muslim Americans who just want to pursue life, liberty, and happiness just like everyone else here in America.

Allison Gilbert

Nostalgia is thought to be a fundamental human strength. The more we engage with positive memories (whether it's last week when your job was going better or five years ago when you went on that luxury vacation), the more we're able to glean happiness from them, the easier it is to manage the emotional low points.

Ashton Kutcher

The right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away, it's raped, it's abused, it's taken by force. Technology can be used to enable slavery, but it can also be used to disable slavery. We were the last line of defence - an actor and his foundation.

Kirk Lacob

I told him, you sign with us, any of this stuff is your playground. Make your decision based on basketball and your own happiness, but understand this is a positive externality when you're here.

Meike Bartels

I think when we realize people are genetically different, we can start customizing more than we do now.

Meike Bartels

My main aim is to get a better hold of the environment. We think we know a lot about the environment but we do not. Most environmental factors are genetically influenced.

Al Avila

I've never seen a man more dedicated to this community and to baseball than Mr. I. What he has done for this franchise, and for Detroit, is immeasurable. He was always there to give us whatever we needed because he wanted greatness and happiness for all of us -- especially the fans. Mr. I was truly one of the great ones. He was a friend and an inspiration and he will be deeply missed.

Al Avila

"I've never seen a man more dedicated to his community and to baseball than Mr. I,". "What he has done for this franchise, and for Detroit, is immeasurable. He was always there to give us whatever we needed because he wanted greatness and happiness for all of us -- especially the fans. Mr. I was truly the great ones. He was a friend and an inspiration and he will be deeply missed.".

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters.

Sally Yates

The key to professional happiness and success is pursuing what is meaningful to you and pursuing it with a vengeance. I know way too many people who are in powerful, high-paying jobs who don't get much satisfaction from it. They enjoy the lifestyle, but the work isn't terribly meaningful. That's where I've been incredibly lucky in my professional life. What I do is meaningful to me and has made a difference in the big scheme of things.

Robert Kraft

I told Arthur Blank this, he called me and said give me some advice and I said, don't let anyone ruin these two weeks. There will be a lot of things coming on and pressure and anyone who starts piercing the bubble of happiness get them out of your life.

Fernando Medina

But doing is a different thing, well keeping the doing part as the same rhythm that we have the vision is probably the most challenging is dealing with the frustration of doing many things that we want to do, with the happiness of achieving many things that we want to do. So putting forward the vision then creating the projects, finding the financial support to the projects, building the team, this is very challenging part, very demanding, but it is a great job to have.

Yue Qian

The older generation tends to put marriage before everything, and [to them] even a bad marriage may be better than staying single. But the younger generation is exposed to Western values to a greater degree ... and think marital status is not the only measure of happiness and success.

Richard Overton - Volma

Moving him out of his house will put him in the grave. That house has so much to do with his happiness, his joy and his love for humanity and everything else.

Drew Powell

Like, this isn't an open-ended thing. Because I saw a lot of people, when I got to L.A., that were like, these older people that had been just trying to fight it out their whole lives and had given up a lot of happiness to try and do this thing.

Barack Obama

It's the conviction that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union.

Bill Gross

Investment happiness and/or despair may lie ahead over the next 12 months depending on it.

Bill Gross

Happiness has dominated risk markets since early November and despair has characterized global bond markets. Are risk markets overpriced and Treasuries over-yielded? That is a critical question for 2017.

Mark Lore - Wal-Mart Stores

I have since learned that you can achieve much greater success if you focus on what you can give. Ultimately, I have realized that success is not a measure of your salary, title or degree, but the impact you have on others and the collective happiness of the people you touch.

Rodrigo Duterte

I hope that we will all enjoy the time of the year by demonstrating love, solidarity, understanding, happiness and optimism towards our personal ambitions and national aspirations.

LeBron James

We were kind of afraid for a second. Everybody was just rejoicing in grace and happiness. It was more than I could have ever imagined. It was unforgettable, unbelievable.

Mussa Shemani

It is a mix of sadness and happiness. We are sad to see what has been done to our holiest places by our own countrymen, but at the same time we are happy to celebrate the first Mass after two years.

Malcolm Turnbull

It (Christmas) is a time of happiness and joy. These terrorists sought to disrupt it. They have been thwarted. They are in custody. They are no longer a threat to Australians' security.

Alan Ruschel

As a lesson, this tragedy teaches that you have to keeping living. Take advantage of some things and do good for others. When I got here today I had the sensation that I was coming home. I promise to give lots more happiness to this team. With a lot of effort and hard work I am going to be back playing again soon.

Sergei Guriev

Right now in most of our countries the majority doesn't seem to prefer democracy over authoritarian rule, whereas in Germany 80 percent do. That raises big, big questions. What has gone wrong and what should be done?

Sergei Guriev

If the public does not see the benefits of the reforms, they will ultimately not be successful.

Geng Shuang

The China-U.S. relationship has global and strategic significance. This not only concerns the happiness of both countries and their people, it concerns the peace, stability, development and prosperity of the Asia Pacific (region) and internationally.

Cleusa Eichner

I can still see those players entering with their kids in their arms. I'd rather keep that image in my head, hold on to that happiness, than replace it with nothing.

Isabel Pesce Mattos

There's no time to settle down. People think that [...] whenever you reach of the dreams, it's a magical place where happiness will be all around. But achieving a dream is a momentary sensation. And your life is not.

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

Most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But I know I am successful, wealthy and connected because I am happy.

Sarah McGrath

I find writing the darker side, writing tragedy, a lot easier than writing happiness.

Ann Kearney-Cooke

We're all born with a certain body. By the time you are (in your) 40s, 50s, 60s, your body is more about the choices you made all those years.

Mark Manson

Hearing all these stories of people explaining over and over that your health isn't this thing that breaks one day; it slowly deteriorates over years … it was a little bit of a wake-up call. Your 30s is when the real disappointment in your life shows up. I think that is a struggle that a lot of people deal with and they blame themselves.

James Maddux

Saving money is thinking ahead 20, 30, 40 years. There is an element of learning how to delay gratification, putting off an immediate goal for a future one.

Sonja Lyubomirsky - Riverside

Life is just so dynamic and challenging. We do mature and learn our lessons, but we can't ever have it all figured out.

Ann Kearney-Cooke

People can be in such a trance and their life is so busy, they just keep on doing things with people who are not nice with them. If they are not going to treat you kindly and compassionately, you have to move on.

James Maddux

There is a certain amount of wisdom of coming to the conclusion that at some point it is impossible to be perfect.

Sonja Lyubomirsky - Riverside

One of the predictors of unhappiness is being in a bad relationship. Relationships can make you happy and they can make you deeply unhappy.

James Maddux

All you really have is right now. Accept the past and plan for the future while also being able to be in the present moment.

James Maddux

There is an element of learning how to delay gratification, putting off an immediate goal for a future one.

Mariela Navarro

(We perform) to have a good time because this election has been very sad and it has had a big impact on all of us. So this is an opportunity to experience some happiness now that the election is coming to an end.

Shawn Achor

When a colleague stops you in the hallway at work to say hello and ask about your day, the brief interaction actually sparks a continual upward spiral of happiness and its inherent rewards.

Takashi Yanai - Myanmar-Japan Thilawa Development

Even though before I lived in a small house of bamboo, lit by candles, my family did not have any worries. Now, everyday, I have all these pressures. I can't find happiness here.

Manuel Valls

French research has once again been celebrated with a Nobel Prize. It's obviously a memorable moment of happiness and a big surprise.

Jean-Pierre Sauvage

It's obviously a memorable moment of happiness and a big surprise. I was not expecting at all to be one of the lucky prize winners this year, or even in the future.

Roger Wicker

If they take their money out and put it someplace else, we'll combat it there.

John Oliver

It's all I've been thinking about for the past 48 hours, that I'd be looking at the back of Beyonce's head for four hours and she hasn't turned up. So, this is nice, but this evening genuinely has a sense of loss. I was going to stare at the back of her head and experience happiness in a form that I hadn't felt.

John Oliver

So, this is nice, but this evening genuinely has a sense of loss. I was going to stare at the back of her head and experience happiness in a form that I hadn't felt.

Cheng Xueqin

Our children are happy, and I think happiness is very important for one's life. They can also focus on a task. They need it during the games. It's a valuable asset for their future studies.

Katie Ledecky

It feels really good. I'm pumped. I was so close to breaking it (this morning). I felt good throughout. The swim was almost identical to this morning, but with a bit more pop on the last lap. It's pure happiness.

Arianna Huffington - The Huffington Post

Once we get all the sleep we need, everything else is better. We are better at our jobs, at building a business. Our health is better. Our happiness is better.

Lorenzo Grabau - Kinnevik

They want to express their personality and their happiness or their mood via the clothes they wear. As a result, Zalando caters to them increasingly as a technology platform that allows those customers to connect with the entire fashion and accessories market in Europe.

Michael Middleton

They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together. He and his wife are "absolutely thrilled.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

We are people who must bring beauty and happiness to the public, this is the 'raison d'être' of our art. And when we talk about beauty and happiness it doesn't necessarily mean joy, and fun, and partying… although every concert should be performed with joy, and joy with a capital 'J'!

Alexander Steinhart

Smartphones and the Internet are like some sort of happiness providers that we keep in our pockets. It's a bit like being drawn to a slot machine in a casino. Notifications like a message from a friend or an important event are like points that we expect to receive. We are constantly under tension and this stimulates emotions within us. But 90% of the time, what is happening is not that important.

Charles Michel

The message is one of good spirits, of joy and of congratulations, and, most importantly, of happiness. This is the message I bring today.

Ivaïlo Ditchev

A significant factor is that happiness is not a state of being but a process. We are not happy if we are not evolving. It is like riding a bicycle: if the pedals don't turn, you fall over. You have to move forward, to overcome obstacles. Happy societies are those with a goal, a plan.

Ivaïlo Ditchev

Another factor is the definition of happiness: it is a feeling of belonging. We must feel that we are part of a community; that we are appreciated. This may be why the Scandinavian countries, with their highly-developed welfare states, are ranked at the top of the index.

Nonce Paolini

These are circumstances that we don't want ever to have to go through. It is terrible, because we wanted to bring happiness and are facing a tragedy.

Nonce Paolini

We don't know the circumstances, but what I can tell you is that, obviously, such a programme was made to bring happiness to all.

Khudayberganov Kamiljan

The patterns you can see on the bread symbolises the sun, which was worshipped in Zoroastrian times. It was a symbol of peace, good will, happiness and respect, and you can find the same patterns on religious buildings.

Jacques Delors

Firstly concerning the details of reunification, I found them risky, they cost alot in terms of German public spending. But I think Chancellor Kohl's solution, especially regarding the East German currency, was the right one. Secondly I have always considered that Europe, a smaller Europe was not building itself for its own sake. It was doing it to meet the challenges of history and for me, it was a great source of happiness that we opened our arms to those countries that were just emerging from totalitarianism.

Lennert Mottar

My neighbours are complaining; will I end my party with my friends? When I choose that, my individual happiness goes down. When I choose to continue the party, it's the collective happiness that goes down.

Tom Gilbert

The major problem here – and they do acknowledge this – is that whether that gene actually is linked to happiness or depression is controversial and this is a fundamental problem of many genetics and genomics studies today.

Eugenio Proto

We've tried to statistically take away the effect of wealth, the effect of the welfare state, the effect of the culture. We tried to do our best, and even taking away this effect, we still have a big chunk of this variance of happiness between countries that is explained by genetics.

Nicolas Maduro

The whole team of commander Hugo Chavez is here. He is good, he is conscious, and is very happy and motivated to be here in his Venezuelan homeland, as he has said in his twitter message. We are all sharing this immense happiness and great motivation with the people.

Alexandre Urwicz

I was very moved because it was my story too. Because it was the story of many people in our association. You feel like it's the same surrogate mother, the same family, the same situation, the same hospital. It's incredible. It seems like that, even though you don't know them. You say, yes it's marvellous, it's a fairy tale – but you know, that's really what it is. It''s the truth and sometimes happiness can disturb people, happiness can worry them, and we've all lived that.

Juan Manuel Santos

We salute those released with real emotion and we congratulate their families from our hearts. We share their happiness. This liberation, and above all, the FARC's promise not to return to kidnapping, is a gesture that we value and appreciate.

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Our people today feel extreme happiness at the death and departure of this criminal whose hands were smeared with the blood of our people and the blood of our leaders here and in exile.

Kiro Angeleski

When I dive in this underwater cave I always have mixed feelings, all at the same time: fear, happiness joy and excitement.

David Boies - American Foundation for Equal Rights

It's a wonderful day for America. Because we have now taken this country another important step towards guaranteeing the promise that it is in our Constitution in our declaration of Independence that all people are created equal, that all people have the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Pope Francis

The Church needs you. Your enthusiasm, your creativity, and the happiness that characterises you. Just three words: go without fear!

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Why would I be bothered by someone wanting to get married? People organise their happiness and choose their own way of expressing love.

Marcelo Tinelli

The happiness he felt over us coming here three days after winning the championship and bringing him the trophy, he said when he saw us that we are crazy to have come here so quickly but it was something that us, with Matias Lammens, the president, and the entire delegation, management and players together, made a silent promise that if we got the title we would come and present the most famous fan of San Lorenzo in the world with the trophy that we won.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

On this first International Day of Happiness, let us reinforce our commitment to inclusive and sustainable human development and renew our pledge to help others. When we contribute to the common good, we ourselves are enriched. Compassion promotes happiness and will help build the future we want.

Donald Tusk - European Council

We stood so that everybody, without exception, could feel comfortable in their homes, in their country. Those seeking happiness and satisfaction outside of Poland can believe that one day they can return home and that in this house, order will reign.

Katalin Kokas

This is the temple of music, this is a shrine. And I always feel the same happiness when I enter this building, this is my alma mater. I was educated here from the age of 12: everything I have, I got it here, and it's what I can offer my students.

Sebastian Pinera

It's a message from our miners. It tells us that they are alive, together, and that are waiting to see the light of day and hug their families. I want to say that today all of Chile is crying with happiness and emotion.

Mike Tyson

I won't do anything unless I'm passionate about it, even if I don't get any money. That's why I was talking about peace and happiness; if you're not doing it with passion and love, and you're just doing it for money, then the emotional outcome is going to be disastrous. And that's from my experience, that's just really what I know. So I know it has to be just for pure passion and the love for what I'm doing.

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

The German economy might not be an island of happiness any longer but it remains at least an island of growth in a still recessionary eurozone sea.

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