Quote for teens - 'There's no road to happiness. It's more a winding path...''

"There’s no road to happiness.
It’s more of a winding path through hills and valleys.
In the end, it’s the journey that matters."

-- Truth Be Told Quotes

Ever notice how obsessed we are with finding happiness? Like there’s a map with turn-by-turn directions to a place called “Happiness.”

Maybe it’d be better to shut off the nav and enjoy some side trips up peaks and down valleys, into joys and sorrows, passing through disappointments and emerging into renewed hopes.

In the end, all those little ups and downs are what keep the journey interesting and keep us growing into our best selves.

Teaching Resources

Quote about happiness

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This quote about happiness helps teens see that emotional ups and downs are a normal part of life. They may have heard the quote that goes something like, “I hope that your life is as good as your worst days on Instagram,” which is to say, the reality people present on social media is usually far more consistently wonderful than real life. People post the highlights and the brags, not the mundane reality. This quote about happiness is meant to help teens see that the low points and the sad moments are part of the journey that helps someone grow. Sadness and negative moments are often a part of the experience and they pass in time. When sadness doesn’t pass, it’s important for teens to be aware of the difference between normal life hills and valleys and depression , and that it’s ok to ask for help.

Also see the quote, "It's ok to feel bad sometimes."

High School Health Class / Social Emotional Development topics:

Curriculum Topics

  • Self awareness and healthy ways of managing natural changes
  • Emotional wellness


  • Life is full of normal ups and downs. It’s ok to be happy sometimes and sad sometimes.
  • There’s a difference between normal emotional flow and clinical depression. Understanding the difference can help you know when to use self-care strategies and when to seek help.

Character Traits/Values

  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance, fortitude
  • Empathy

Self-reflection essay / writing prompts and discussion questions

High school health class and social emotional development lessons

Age Group: High school, young adult.

  1. What is an event in your life that seemed awful at the time, but led to a new happier time?
  2. Have you ever been sad and thought it wouldn’t ever get better? Did it? Why or why not?
  3. What are some things you can do to cheer yourself up when you are sad?
  4. Do you ever wonder when you’ll finally be happy? Is happiness a destination or end point? Can happiness come and go?

High school health class and social emotional development activities

Happiness Skills Activities:

Age Group: High school, young adult

Gratitude Journal

Research shows people are happier when they take note of things for which they are thankful. Try this activity on keeping a gratitude journal for one week.

Why so negative?

Why do humans tend to focus on the negative? Read this article on negativity bias and list some reasons we tend to be more negative, and some strategies to be more positive.

Hedonic Treadmill Activity

What is the psychological concept of the hedonic treadmill? How does it make us take happiness for granted? How does it protect us from negative events? Try this activity with a video and worksheet on finding lasting happiness.

Resources on sadness and depression

Try these resources on the difference between sadness and depression: Difference between sadness and depression written for younger audiences | Difference between sadness and depression for older audiences | Strategies for dealing with sadness and depression for young adults

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