25 Poems About Happiness

Let these poems about happiness motivate and inspire you to live life each day and enjoy the happy moments that occur. Happiness is not a destination it is living every day and enjoying it.

When you feel good about yourself, your work, and your surroundings you will find contentment that leads to happiness. We hope these short happy poems are ones that will add a positive thought to your day! Life is too short not to be happy.


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  1. The Roads of Happiness
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest


    The roads of happiness are not
    The selfish roads of pleasure seeking,
    Where cheeks are flushed with haste and hot
    And none has time for kindly speaking.
    But they're the roads where lovers stray,
    Where wives and husbands walk together
    And children romp along the way
    Whenever it is pleasant weather.

    The roads of happiness are trod
    By simple folks and tender-hearted,
    By gentle folks that worship God
    And want to live their days unparted.
    There kindly people stop and talk,
    Regardless of the chase for money,
    There, arm in arm, the grown-ups walk
    And every eye you see is sunny.

    The roads of happiness are lined,
    Not with the friends of royal splendor,
    But with the loyal friends and kind
    That do the gentle deeds and tender.
    There fame has never brought unrest
    Nor glory set men's hearts to aching;
    There unabandoned is life's best
    For selfish love and money making.

    The roads of happiness are those
    That do not lead to pomp and glory
    But wind among the joys and woes
    That make the humble toiler's story.
    The roads that oft we used to tread
    In early days when first we mated,
    When hearts were light and cheeks were red,
    And days were not with burdens freighted.



  2. Happiness Is When
    by William Arthur Ward

    Happiness is our heritage when
    Faith becomes our constant companion;
    Self-discipline our tireless teacher;
    Integrity our competent coach;
    Truth our trusted tutor;
    Discernment our careful critic;
    Optimism our able advisor;
    Goodness our gifted guide;
    Beauty our infallible inspiration;
    And love our blissful benediction.



  3. Happiness
    by Priscilla Leonard

    Happiness is like a crystal,
    Fair and exquisite and clear,
    Broken in a million pieces,
    Shattered, scattered far and near.
    Now and then along life's pathway,
    Lo! some shining fragments fall;
    But there are so many pieces
    No one ever finds them all.

    You may find a bit of beauty,
    Or an honest share of wealth,
    While another just beside you
    Gathers honor, love or health.
    Vain to choose or grasp unduly,
    Broken is the perfect ball;
    And there are so many pieces
    No one finds them all.

    Yet the wise as on the journey,
    Treasure every fragment clear,
    Fit them as they may together,
    Imaging the shattered sphere,
    Learning ever to be thankful,
    Though their share of it is small;
    For it has so many pieces
    No one ever finds them all.



  4. The Man Who Is Cheerful
    Poet Unknown

    Thank God for the man who is cheerful
    In spite of life's troubles, I say;

    Who sings of a bright tomorrow,
    Because of the clouds of today.

    His life is a beautiful sermon,
    And this is the lesson to me -

    Meet trials with smiles and they vanish;
    Face cares with a song and they flee.



  5. It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.  Dale Carnegie


  6. Let Us Do Good
    Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

    Let us do good. How sweet the thought,
    We have the wretched blest —
    Threw smiles upon a clouded brow,
    And sunshine in the breast

    To know we've dried a single tear,
    And made one moment bright —
    Or struck a feeble spark to cheer
    The darkest hour of night —

    Will give to us more joy at last
    Than Caesar's triumphs gave;
    The memory of such deeds will live
    In worlds beyond the grave.

    Then in the little sphere we move,
    Let kindness touch the heart;
    While every word shall lead to love
    And happiness impart.



  7. What Good Is A
    Poet: Julie Hebert, 2012


    I can tell you,
    One true thing,
    What good is winter,
    If there is no spring?

    I can tell you,
    Another great thing,
    What good is a voice,
    If you will not sing?

    I can tell you,
    One more thing,
    What good is a swing,
    If the children they won't bring?

    There are many things in this world,
    That are made better by another.
    So next time you are feeling blue,
    Find your other, and see it through.




  8. The Happy Heart
    by John Imrie


    The happy heart is a fount of joy,
    A bubbling spring of pleasure,
    'Tis a source of constant sweet employ,
    A  never-failing treasure!
    Ready to smile with the flowers of Spring,
    Or sing with the birds of air;
    In Nature's praise aye willing to sing,
    Finds happiness ev'rywhere.

    The happy heart is so full of love
    That it speaks in every tone,
    And the eyes of love, like stars above.
    Hath a glory all their own!
    Like a beacon-light, in Grief's dark night,
    We long for the happy heart.
    To shed o'er our pathway, calm and bright,
    A light that may not depart.

    The happy heart is a gift from Heaven
    Above all treasure or gold.
    Alike to the rich or poor 'tis given.
    It cannot be bought or sold!
    The happy heart is the home of love,
    A solace for every woe;
    Let us cherish this gift from above.
    As we seek our peace below.




  9. Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can.


  10. Looking For Happiness
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020


    Many people are looking for
    Happiness behind any door
    Happiness they want to find
    Happiness of any kind.

    Happiness is not something outside
    It is an attitude you can provide
    Your happiness is not down the road
    And, it doesn't mean an easy load.

    Happiness is found in you
    How you look at life and what you do
    You decide each day, you see
    How happy you will be




  11. Make Your Happiness
    Poet: Julie Hebert, 2012


    When you feel,
    Life isn't true.
    Keep in mind,
    Life's truth is you.

    You make your path,
    From here to there.
    It's up to you,
    To dream and care.

    No one else can,
    Make you happy.
    So get right on it,
    And make it snappy.

    Life's too short,
    To waste your day.
    I truly hope,
    You get out and celebrate today!




  12. If You Want To Be Happy
    by Priscilla Leonard


    If you want to be happy,
    begin where you are.
    Don't wait for some rapture
    that's future and far.
    Begin to be joyous,
    Begin to be glad,
    And soon you'll forget that
    You were ever sad.

    If you want to be happy,
    Begin where you are.
    Your windows to sunlight
    And sweetness unbar;
    If dark seems the day,
    light a candle of cheer,
    Till its steady flame brightens
    Each heart that comes near.

    If you want to be happy,
    begin where you are.
    Tune up daily discords
    Till out of their jar
    New harmony rises
    Rejoicing and sweet,
    And onward, in music,
    Go every your feet.

    If you want to be happy,
    Begin where you are.
    God sets in each sky
    Heaven's joy-bringing star.
    Live bravely beneath it,
    Through cloud and toward light
    And under its radiance your path
    Shall be bright.




  13. The Clown’s Prayer
    Poet: Unknown


    As I stumble through this life,
    Help me create more laughter than tears,
    Dispense more happiness than gloom,
    Spread more cheer than despair.

    Never let me become so indifferent,
    That I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of the child.
    Or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
    Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people,
    Make them feel happy, and forget momentarily,
    all the unpleasantness in their lives.

    And in my final moment, may I hear you whisper:
    When you made my people smile, you made me smile.




  14. Smile
    Poet: Unknown


    Smile, and the world smiles with you,
    Knock and you go alone;
    For the cheerful grin
    Will let you in
    Where the kicker is never known.

    Growl, and the way looks dreary;
    Laugh, and the path is bright,
    For the welcome smile
    Brings sunshine, while
    A frown shuts out the light.

    Sing, and the world's harmonious!
    Grumble, and things go wrong.
    Yet all the time
    You are out of rhyme
    With the busy, bustling throng.

    Kick, and there's trouble brewing;
    Whistle, and life is gay.
    And the world's in tune
    Like a day in June,
    And sorrow will melt away.



  15. Relationships are essential to happiness. Accept people for who they are and help them become better.  Clement Getate


  16. Be Happy
    by Mabel Wilton


    If you want to be happy,
    Just begin to be glad,
    Keep thinking of others
    And never be sad.

    And don't wait till tomorrow
    But start right away
    Just doing one kindness
    For someone each day.



  17. Live Each Hour
    by Kay Cammer


    I live each hour
    As I find it.
    This hour is lovely -
    Those behind it
    Were sometimes minus
    Warm smiles or bliss
    But I'm unconcerned;
    I'll never miss,
    Or waste time over,
    What-might-have-beens,
    Happiness is now
    When the hour begins.



  18. Where Is Happiness
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer


    A job, a car, a house, or two
    Are they the things that bring happiness to you?
    Where do I find this happiness thing?
    Can someone to me it bring?

    Does it mean I will laugh a lot?
    Or, does it mean riches will never part
    Is it a thing or just a feeling
    Like being hot or absolutely freezing?

    Where do I find this happiness?
    They say it is like gold, so precious.
    Look no further than in your heart
    It is how you feel and what you impart.

    You see if you are content with life
    If you brush off the strife
    And find joy in the little things
    You will find happiness will sing.

    Your attitude plays a role too
    It is the lens you view life through
    Is your focus on the positive
    Or, do you only see the negative?

    You choose with heart and mind
    Whether you find happiness or whether you stay blind.
    Open your eyes, count your blessings that surround
    And you will find a happiness that compounds.



  19. To Live Content
    Poet: William Henry Channing


    To live content with small means;
    To seek elegance rather than luxury,
    And refinement rather than fashion,
    To be worthy, not respectable,
    And wealthy, not rich;
    To study hard, think quietly,
    Talk gently, act frankly,
    To listen to stars and birds,
    To babes and sages,
    With open heart,
    To bear all cheerfully,
    To all bravely await occasions,
    Hurry never.
    In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden
    And unconscious grow up through the common.
    This is to be my symphony.



  20. How To Be Happy
    Poet: Unknown


    Do you sometimes feel discouraged
    At your work, my boy?
    I will tell you a wonderful trick
    That will bring you contentment,
    Good cheer, and joy -
    Do something for somebody, quick!

    Are you very, very tired
    With play, little girl?
    Weary, discouraged, and sick?
    I’ll tell you the loveliest
    Game in the world -
    Do something for somebody, quick!



  21. If You Can
    by Francis M. Scott


    If you can to some others give
    A happy hour,
    It will be happiness for you,
    A fragrant flower.



  22. Happiness
    Poet: Nannie H. Woodruff


    I hold that human happiness,
    If built on self, is nothing worth
    That bliss translated means to bless
    Some other denizen of earth.

    The selfish man who lives alone
    For greed of gain for paltry pelf,
    Knows not his heart has turned to stone
    That blindly he defrauds himself.

    He might have won a wealth of love
    By kindly acts and words of cheer
    And joy, all other joys above
    A needy neighbor's grateful tear.

    For deeds of loving kindness will
    In reflex influence return
    To render kind hearts kinder still,
    To make love's flame still brighter burn.

    Who solely lived to please himself
    E'er aught but disappointment found?
    Pleasure's a sly, deceitful elf,
    Who hides her chains until you're bound.

    Oh, men are dull of heart and cold,
    And find His lesson hard to learn
    Who came the secret to unfold
    How peace is found for which they yearn.

    Love's the fulfilling of the law,
    For love is law, and law is love;
    If our old earth this mandate saw
    Fulfilled, 'twould be like heaven above.

    Then build your hope of happiness
    Upon the rock of His command
    Who gave His all your life to bless,
    Or find you've built upon the sand.



  23. Your Own Making
    Poet: T. L. Cuyler


    Bear in mind that your happiness or your misery
    is very much of your own making.

    You cannot create spiritual sunlight any more than
    you can create the morning star;
    but you can put your soul where Christ is shining.

    Keep a clean conscience.
    Keep a good stock of God's promises within reach.
    Keep a nightingale of hope in your soul that
    can sing away the dark hours when they do come.



  24. Happiness
    by James Lane Allen


    All high happiness has in it some element of love;
    all love contains a desire for peace.
    One immediate effect of new happiness is to make us
    turn toward the past with a wish to straighten out its difficulties,
    heal its breaches and forgive its wrongs.



  25. The Right Road
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox


    I have lost the road to happiness,
    Does any one know it, pray?
    I was dwelling there when the morn was fair,
    But somehow I wandered away.

    I saw rare treasures in scenes of pleasures,
    I ran to pursue them, when lo!
    I had lost the path to happiness,
    And knew not whither to go.

    I have lost the way to happiness,
    O, who will le,ad me back?
    Turn off from the highway of selfishness
    To the right, up duty's track.

    Keep straight along, and you can't go wrong;
    For as sure as you live, I say,
    The fair lost fields of happiness
    Can only be found that way.



  26. Pursuit of Happiness
    by Drummond


    Half the world is on the wrong scent
    in the pursuit of happiness.
    They think it consists in having and getting,
    and in being served by others.
    It consists in giving and in serving others.



  27. If You Would Be Happy
    by Unknown


    Keep your temper.
    Gain a little knowledge every day.
    Make few promises, and speak the truth.
    Give full measure and weight with a just balance.
    Consent to common custom, but not to common folly.

    Be cautious of believing ill, but more cautious of repeating it.
    Have courage to wear your old clothes until you can pay for new ones.
    Think of Heaven with hearty purpose and strong hope to get there.
    Do good to all, that thou mayest keep thy friends and gain thine enemies.
    Count your resources; find out what you are not fit for, and give up wishing for it.



  28. Happy Now?
    by Sydney Smith


    Are you happy now?
    Are you likely to remain so till this evening,
    or next month, or next year?

    Then why destroy present happiness by a
    distant misery which may never come at all?
    Every substantial grief has twenty shadows,
    and most of them shadows of your own making.


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