Happy International Day of Happiness!

March 22, 2021

March 20th was International Day of Happiness, but it isn’t too late to celebrate! Check out advice on seeking happiness and inspiration from Taylor Swift, RuPaul, Mark Zuckerberg, Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos, and Dolly Parton.

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Taylor Swift

“I get really, really excited and happy about the same things that I used to get excited and happy about, like the small things like going to the grocery store and like hanging out with friends and all that. I think if you stay on a level where you can be happy about little things as well as the crazy, big things that are going on in your life, it keeps it balanced.”

—rehearsals for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, January 31, 2010


“If your happiness is contingent on someone else changing their behavior, then you playin yo’self, henny.”
—Twitter, May 4, 2015


Mark Zuckerberg

“I think lots of people confuse happiness with fun. I don’t believe it is possible to have fun every day. But I do believe it is possible to do something meaningful that helps people every day.”

—Esquire, September 23, 2015


Michelle Obama

“We are happy, but why wouldn’t we be? We have our health. We have each other. We have a sense of purpose.”

—”Oprah and Michelle Obama: Your Life in Focus,” Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, February 12, 2020


Jeff Bezos

“Eighty percent of your happiness depends on who you choose as your companion.”

—La Repubblica, July 24, 2016


Dolly Parton

“I’m not happy all the time, and I wouldn’t want to be because that would make me a shallow person. But I do try to find the good in everybody.”

—The Guardian, August 21, 2011

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