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40 Beautiful & Simple Joy Quotes

These quotes are all about savoring the simple joys in life.

Because, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Sometimes, we need a reminder that there is beauty all around us.

What is a ‘simple joy’?

Joy is a deep happiness and contentment that results from an experience, feeling or activity. Joy makes us feel alive, content, happy and reinvigorated. It brings a smile to our face and a feeling of deep satisfaction.

Simple joys are being able to feel gratitude and happiness in the small moments and experiences that don’t require fanfare.

It’s being able to stop and ‘smell the roses’ in an otherwise busy life. It’s taking note and appreciation for all the good that you have in your life right now.

It may be a warm bed, a delicious coffee, a hug from a loved one, a child’s giggles or a silly joke that made you roll your eyes. 

Simple moments like these are often what we need to live satisfying lives. 

 

Simple Joy Quotes

We hope the below collection of quotes all inspire you to notice the simple joys in life:

 

 

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” Marianne Williamson

 

“Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.” Tim Cook

 

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” Chuck Palahniuk

 

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

 

“The simple pleasures of life give us lasting satisfaction.” Avijeet Das

 

“There are seasons in life. Don’t ever let anyone try to deny you the joy of one season because they believe you should stay in another season… Listen to yourself. Trust your instincts. Keep your perspective.” Jane Clayson

 

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller

 

 

“The secret to life is finding joy in ordinary things. I’m interested in happiness.” Ruth Reichl

 

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” Emily Dickinson

 

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson

 

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” Lao Tzu

 

“Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world …” E.A. Bucchianeri

 

“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy; true fulfillment.” Tony Robbins

 

“Love is cheering and sharing and compassion and giving and receiving. Love is an action thing more than a word thing, that brings comfort or joy or relief to anyone or anything.” Ziggy Marley

 

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Karl Barth

 

“Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.” Maria Montessori

 

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” Richard Wagner

 

“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.” Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.” Paulo Coelho

 

“Make space in your life for the things that matter, for family and friends, love and generosity, fun and joy. Without this, you will burn out in mid-career and wonder where your life went.” Jonathan Sacks

 

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” Leonardo da Vinci

 

“Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.” Jean Paul

 

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” Eleonora Duse

 

Short Simple Joy Quotes

 

“Nobody understands another’s sorrow, and nobody another’s joy.” Franz Schubert

 

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” Khalil Gibran

 

“Every day, I like to wake up and remind myself to be grateful of the simple things.” Miranda Kerr

 

“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.” Carlos Santana

 

“Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” Mother Teresa

 

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” Emma Goldman

 

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia

 

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Christopher McCandless

 

“As you get older, the cliches of life ring true. It’s the simple things that matter most: your family, the people you love, your health and sanity.” Ronan Keating

 

“For a few minutes I tried to empty my mind entirely, to concentrate solely on breathing: sometimes it’s useful to rediscover simpler pleasures of life.” Romain Gary

 

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up, I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” Kevyn Aucoin

 

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” Eileen Caddy

 

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” W. H. Auden

 

 

When we focus on joy, it expands.  If you’re interested in more food for the soul, be sure to check out: