How to be happy
"Never", say philosophers,
More you chase it,
more elusive happiness becomes.
If you can learn to invest in your family,
friends, community, and work,
and not move like an unhinged asteroid;
If you can find a purpose,
beyond yourself, to live,
and not get caught in your vanities;
If you can find an activity, a hobby,
where you forget the daily drudgery,
and live in the present moment;
If you can remember
everyone gets his share of problems,
and learn to carry a hope
despite life's tribulations;
If you can use gratitude
to tame your unbridled desires,
and learn to interpret
life experiences more positively;
And if you can stop, throwing seeds
on sand, chasing happiness,
THEN you will discover the truth:
"happiness is a side effect
of leading a good, meaningful, life".
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These poems have been previously published in various literary journals, magazines, books and anthologies around the globe including the UK, the USA, Ireland and Canada.
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