The Ultimate List of Happiness & Wellbeing at Work Quotes

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If you’re in search of ways to boost your wellbeing and happiness at work, you’re in the right place. Wellbeing workshops? Culture change? At Haptivate, we’ve got it covered.

But sometimes you just want to take mental wellbeing at work into your own hands. And this can often be a little bit overwhelming. Where do you even start? 

Sometimes, you just need a little bit of inspiration. So we’ve scoured the web to find the best wellbeing and happiness at work quotes. Ones that are guaranteed get your creative juices flowing.

So whether you’re looking for a new morning mantra, sourcing food-for-thought for your next team meeting, or just want to get over a midday slump, check out these words of wisdom from authors, CEOs, scientists, celebrities and more.

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Wellbeing quotes about the importance of wellbeing at work

  1. “If health is the essence of your brand, it all starts with taking the health of your workforce very seriously.”
    Marnix Eikenboom (President, Danone)
  2. “Good health IS good business”
    Paul Drechsler (CEO, Wates Group Limited)
  3. “Improving the health and well-being of our employees makes good business sense. As a leading provider of workplace health services, we see every day the difference it can make to a company’s bottom line and the impact it can have on employee morale and motivation. It offers a ”win-win” all round. Employees benefit from better support for their health. Companies benefit from less absence and improved productivity. And society benefits from improved public health.”
    Steve Flanagan (Commercial Director, Bupa)
  4. “It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between 9 and 5. It’s whether or not our work fulfils us.”
    Malcolm Gladwell (Bestselling Author)
  5. “Typically, people who exercise start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with their colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”
    Charles Duhigg (Author of The Power of Habit)
  6. “Our environment is a non-stop triggering mechanism whose impact on our behaviour is too significant to be ignored.”
    Marshall Goldsmith (Executive Leadership Coach and Author)

Wellbeing quotes about cultivating a positive mindset

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  1. “A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.”
    Byron Katie (Author of The Work)
  2. “Each one of us is like that butterfly, the Butterfly Effect. And each tiny move toward a more positive mindset can send ripples of positivity through our organisations, our families and our communities.”
    Shawn Achor (Author of The Happiness Advantage)
  3. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the aeroplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
    Henry Ford (Founder, Ford Motor Company)
  4. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
    Dalai Lama
  5. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
    Confucius
  6. “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”
    Lou Holtz (American Football Player)
  7. “The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.”
    Roy T. Bennett (Author of The Light in the Heart)
  8. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
    Stephen King (Author)
  9. “Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.”
    Rodolfo Costa (Author)
  10. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
    Oprah Winfrey (T.V Host)
  11. “Optimism is the most important human trait because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.”
    Seth Godin (Author)

Wellbeing quotes about positive communication and resolving conflict in the workplace

  1. “Especially when you’re at a high level in an organisation, criticism can be devastating to an employee. I prefer to praise employees for what they’re doing right, and it tends to lead to them doing more of the same. Not always, but it’s the way I choose to bet.”
    Sir Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group)
  2. “Successful people become great leaders when they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.”
    Marshall Goldsmith ( Author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There)
  3. “You can delegate the activity but not the responsibility; you can share the praise but not the blame.”
    Timothy A. Pychyl (Author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle)
  4. “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
    Stephen Covey (Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
  5. “Many of us are so caught up in our own lives, so rushed and preoccupied, that we acknowledge the people we are interacting with only instrumentally—as a means to an end. We fail to see them as individuals.”
    Emily Esfahani Smith (Author of
    The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters)
  6. “It’s easy to be liked: listen more than talk, praise often, and disagree rarely. The question is, is it worth the loss of integrity?”
    Marty Nemko (Career Coach)
  7. “Gratitude empowers us to take charge of our emotional lives and, as a consequence, our bodies reap the benefits.”
    Robert Emmons (Author of The Little Book of Gratitude)
  8. “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practising gratitude.”
    Dr Brene Brown (Professor and Author)
  9. “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.”
    Conan O’Brien (TV Host)

Wellbeing quotes about self-confidence for career progression

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  1. “Leadership is the ability to facilitate movement in the needed direction and have people feel good about it.”
    Tom Smith (Bestselling Author and Co-Founder, Partners In Leadership)
  2. “If you want something to happen, you have to make people able and you have to make them want to.”
    Dr Steve Kerr (Former Chief Learning Officer of General Electric and Goldman Sachs)
  3. “The leader is the person who brings a little magic to the moment.”
    Denise Morrison (President & CEO, Campbell Soup)
  4. “The secret to amazing performance is empowering talented people to succeed at meaningful work.”
    Teresa Amabile (Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School)
  5. “If management generally overrides people’s decisions, they quickly lose motivation to make any decision, which severely inhibits progress.”
    Teresa Amabile (Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School)
  6. “Learning never exhausts the mind.”
    Leonardo da Vinci (Artist)
  7. “If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”
    David Viscott (Psychiatrist teaching at University Hospital in Boston)
  8. “We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.”
    Carol Dweck (Author of
    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success)

Wellbeing quotes about sharpening focus and unlocking flow

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  1. “If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
    Albert Einstein
  2. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
    Mark Twain (Writer)
  3. “Willpower is what separates us from the animals. It’s the capacity to restrain our impulses, resist temptation – do what’s right and good for us in the long run, not what we want to do right now. It’s central, in fact, to civilisation.”
    Roy Baumeister (Social Psychologist)
  4. “Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.”
    Charles Duhigg (Author of The Power of Habit)
  5. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
    Zig Ziglar (Author)
  6. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
    Steve Jobs (CEO and co-founder of Apple)

Wellbeing quotes about finding meaning, purpose and passion at work

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  1. “I never went into business just to make money – but I found that if I have fun, the money will come. I often ask myself, is my work fun and does it make me happy? I believe that the answer to that is more important than fame or fortune. If it stops being fun, I ask why? If I can’t fix it, I stop doing it.”
    Sir Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group)
  2. “If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organisation gets pulled up with you.”
    Indra Nooyi (Chairperson and CEO, PepsiCo)
  3. “This whole level of wholeness is a place where I am able to show up as a full human being with all of my gifts to the table to be a part of this organisation. That leads to a great feeling of inclusiveness because what it allows me then to do is to bring this real, authentic self to the table and to really love the work that I do.”
    Kimo Kippen (former CLO at Hilton and Vice President of Learning at Marriott)
  4. “No society can work unless its members feel responsibilities as
    well as rights.”
    Richard Layard (Economist)
  5. “Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.”
    Daniel Pink (Author of The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us)
  6. “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
    Frank Capra (Film Director)
  7. “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
    Confucius

Wellbeing quotes about embracing failure at work

  1. “It’s not reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.”
    Shawn Achor (Author of The Happiness Advantage)
  2. “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
    Dr Brene Brown
    (Professor and Author)
  3. “Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.”
    Teresa Amabile (Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School)
  4. “In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. “So rather than thinking, oh I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.”
    Carol Dweck
    (Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success)
  5. “You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”
    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Politician)
  6. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
    Viktor E. Frankl (Neurologist and Psychiatrist)

Wellbeing quotes about managing stress and building resilience

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  1. 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 E. Frankl (Neurologist and Psychiatrist)
  2. Modern life, increasingly defined by unpredictability, can be anxiety-provoking, and routines provide an anchor of predictability.”
    Marty Nemko (Career Coach)
  3. “For most of us… the problem is not a lack of goals but rather too many of them.”
    Roy Baumeister (Social Psychologist)
  4. “If something is wrong, fix it not, but train yourself not to worry. Worry fixes nothing.”
    Ernest Hemingway (Author)
  5. “In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
    Fred Rogers (Author)
  6. “The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyper-consciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”
    Frank Herbert (Author)

Wellbeing quotes about the science of motivation and productivity

  1. “Flow is the state of concentration and engagement when completing a task that requires a level of challenge and skill. A complete immersion in the activity.”
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Author and Psychology Professor)
  2. “When you think about your purpose, simply consider it to be the strengths and opportunities that you possess, with which you can help others.”
    Emily Esfahani Smith (Author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters)
  3. “Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.”
    Stephen Covey (Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
  4. “If you want to feel secure, do what you already know how to do. But if you want to grow, go to the cutting edge of your competence, which means a temporary loss of security. So, whenever you don’t quite know what you are doing – know that you are growing.”
    David Viscott
    (Psychiatrist teaching at University Hospital in Boston)
  5. “Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.”
    Angela Ahrendts (Senior Vice President, Apple)
  6. “Success is best when it’s shared”
    Howard Schultz (Chairman & CEO, Starbucks)
  7. “The greatest asset of a company is its people.”
    Jorge Paulo Lemann (Co-founder, Banco Garantia)
  8. “Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.”
    Simon Sinek (Author)
  9. “It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were.”
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Author and Psychology Professor)
  10. “When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.”
    Dolly Parton (Singer)
  11. “The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.”
    Ben Stein (Actor)

Wellbeing quotes about overcoming procrastination at work

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  1. “Procrastination is an emotional regulation problem, not a time management problem.”
    Dr Tim Pychyl (Author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle)
  2. “When you’re drowning you don’t think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I’m drowning and come and rescue me.”
    Jennifer Moss (Author)
  3. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
    Walt Disney (Co-Founder, Walt Disney Company)
  4. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
    Benjamin Disraeli (Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
  5. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
    Eva Young

Finally…

What’s your favourite wellbeing quote?

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