21 Poems About Happiness

Let these poems about happiness motivate and inspire you to live life each day and enjoy the 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 poems are ones that will add a positive thought to your day! You may also want to review our collection of happiness quotes for more positive words on happiness. Life is too short - let happiness be part of every day.


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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.



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  3. 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.



  4. 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.



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  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.



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  8. 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.




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  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?



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  12. 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!




  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. Prayer is powerful, and many times people who prayer daily are much happier. You may also want to read our prayer for today.



  15. 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.



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


  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. When you live each hour you will find you are fully living life. You may also want to read our collection of a life well live poems.


  19. 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.



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  21. 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.



  22. 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.



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  24. 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.



  25. 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.



  26. 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.



  27. 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 lead 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.



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  29. 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.



  30. Act Of Happiness
    by Maurice Materlinck


    Let us never forget that an act of goodness
    is of itself an act of happiness.
    No reward coming after the event
    can compare with the sweet reward
    that went with it.

    Let your task be to render yourself worthy of love,
    and this even more for your own happiness
    than for that of another’s.



  31. Road To Happiness
    Poet: Grenville Kleiser


    The road to daily happiness
    Is not so hard to find,
    You walk ahead serenely
    And leave your cares behind.

    A word of cheer upon your lips
    A ready hand to give,
    A smiling face, a snatch of song
    Will help you well to live.

    The love you give to others
    The good that you may do,
    The helping hand you proffer
    Will bring happiness to you.

    The road to daily happiness
    Is not so hard to find,
    It's what you do for others
    That brings true peace of mind.



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  33. Poor Sort Of Happiness
    Poet: George Eliot


    It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come
    By caring very much about our own narrow pleasures.
    We can only have the highest happiness by having wide thoughts,
    And much feeling for the rest of the world,
    As well as ourselves;
    And this sort of happiness often brings so much pain with it
    That we can only tell it from pain by its being what
    We would choose before everything else,
    Because our souls see it is good.


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Much has been written about happiness in both poetry and thoughts. Below find the thoughts of Grace Gold about happiness:

"All parents desire their children to be happy. No matter how bitter their own life has been, or how much anguish their own heart has known they desire their offspring to escape these sorrows and would gladly see them placed where they could obtain peace, prosperity and happiness.

Happiness is what we are all seeking; but alas, how few find, or finding are able to retain it.

To be truly happy one must be loved; and to be loved, one must be lovable."


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