The Route to Happiness

Srinagar, Kashmir

The route to happiness is paved with
gratitude, service to others, community,

forgiveness, and self discipline.

Baghlan, Afghanistan
La Fortuna, Honduras,

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama


Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!
– Lawrence G. Lovasik

Rome, Italy
Kabul, Afghanistan

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
– Marcus Aurelius

Bombay, India
Rajasthan, India

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of
recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Frederick Keonig


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of
living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
– Denis Waitley

La Esperanza, Colombia
Kabul, Afghanistan

Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
Omar Khayyam


Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
– Helen Keller

Kabul, Afghanistan
Fletchtingen, Germany

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


We invite you to check out Steve’s current and upcoming exhibitions:

July 22 – August 19, 2022
New York, NY
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August 8 – September 12, 2022
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June 15 – September 29, 2022
Caen, France
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The Eyes of Humanity
April 29 – July 30, 2022
Frankfurt, Germany
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On Reading
June 3 – July 31, 2022
Tirane, Albania
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Steve McCurry: Photographer
May 28 – August 14, 2022
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Oltre il Cibo
May 7 – September 4, 2022
Ventimiglia, Italy
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April 14 – September 18, 2022
Riccione, Italy
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The Eyes of Humanity
April 29 – July 30, 2022
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Le Monde De Steve McCurry – Paris
December 9 – July 31, 2022
Paris, France
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By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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12 replies on “The Route to Happiness”

“The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
David Steindl-Rast

Thank you for spreading happiness

Happiness. What a great subject. As Abraham Lincoln said; “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Dear Steve,

Do I have a chance to see some of your pictures in the Netherlands. I do follow you on Facebook and I like your photos very much. It give me inspiration to make better pictures.

Mfr, Lon van Krimpen.

I’ve loved Steve’s photography since the National Geographic issue with the Afghan Girl on the cover in the 1970’s. I’ve managed to collect some prints from the Magnum square print sales and some posters.

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