Funny Quotes About Stress to Give You Some Relief and Make You Smile

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Sometimes the difference between a stressful day and an easier one is all in your perspective, and funny quotes on stress can add just the perspective you need! Whether a humorously-crafted quote that opens you up to a new way of viewing an old situation is just what you need to see things in a fresh way, or if you just need the laugh that comes with how the idea is delivered, these funny stress quotes can offer your mind a shift or your mood a lift.

Funny Quotes About Stress to Help Provide Relief

And each quote comes with a little more on the topic from a stress management perspective, plus a link to additional resources on the topic. Enjoy, and feel free to share these with friends who may need a lift as well.

Jane Wagner

‎"Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it."

We can't always change our reality, and ignoring problems isn't usually the best way to deal with them, but we can embrace reality and soften it at the same time with a bit of humor and a few extra stress relievers.


"Cheer up, the worst is yet to come. Simply put, quit worrying over the little stuff and wait for something really big."

It's good to maintain perspective when you're worried about the "what ifs" of life. Backup plans and being prepared is great, but if you've done everything you can, it's best to focus on relaxing your worry muscles a bit.

Jack Donaghy (30 Rock)

"Money can't buy happiness; it IS happiness."

Well...not really, but the quote made us laugh and should be included as a funny stress quote for sure. Actually, the things that we think will make us happy are often totally different from the things that actually make us happy. What truly makes you happy?


‎"I've tried yoga, but I find stress less boring."

While yoga does bring some wonderful stress relief benefits, stress management is not a one-size-fits-all activity. If you find yourself getting bored with some of the more "quiet" forms of stress relief, look for stress relief in the activities you find fun.

Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)

‎"I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life."

‎While you don't necessarily need grassy knees to show that you're enjoying life, the visual is a great reminder that we need to be doing things we enjoy (among the things we simply must do as responsible adults), and if we savor each moment, stress will have less of a hold on us. You can keep your knees clean, but what will you do to enjoy yourself today?

Sydney Harris

‎"When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'"

Life is challenging. But sometimes our expectations lead to stress; when we expect something to be better than it is, we stress more. If we focus on what we can be grateful for in each situation, we can see the positive more easily and feel less stressed. What can we appreciate today?

Charles M. Shultz

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

Sometimes our guilty pleasures—when enjoyed in moderation—can be great stress relievers. For example, chocolate has health benefits besides merely being delicious and softening stress when consumed in moderation.

Rita Rudner

"In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk."

We laugh about Hollywood marriages being short-lived, but the truth is that a high proportion of non-Hollywood marriages end in divorce for one reason or another. Because healthy relationships and happy marriages can be good for keeping stress levels low, these tips on maintaining a happy marriage may save you significant stress in the future. What are your best tips?

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By Elizabeth Scott, PhD
Elizabeth Scott, PhD is an author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on stress management, positive psychology, relationships, and emotional wellbeing.