Thilliar Varnakulasingham

Happiness: A State Of Mind - Poem by Thilliar Varnakulasingham

Happiness is pleasure and cheerfulness
It is elation and jubilation
Happiness is blessedness and gladness
It is merriment and ambrosia

Reflect on your present blessings
Not on your past misfortunes
Which all human beings face
Asserts immortal novelist Charles Dickens

Is happiness a vague word?
No, because a chunk of happiness
Is often controlled by your genes
However, you can still make yourself happier

Happiness is associated with the mind
Purely subjective and intensely personal
Happiness has a pervasive effect on wellbeing
One's food is another's poison

The mind is consciousness and perception
It manifests thought and emotion
But what we need is feeling
Which I still meanings in life

Happiness improves cognition and creativity
Enhances alertness, attentiveness and judgment
Promotes love, peace and fellowship
And is more contagious than unhappiness

Is wealthessential for happiness?
Money is something, not everything
Money can buy many commodities
But cannot purchase genuine happiness

Are we happier than our forefathers?
Definitely not
But in terms of communication, health, education
Recreation, media we are ahead

Material wealth brings some happiness
But it has nothing to do with justice
Family attachment and other virtues
Will trend change for the better?

To be happy and open to change
It is wise to live in the present
Everything happens for a reason
So it is prudent to look within for solutions

Wealth, education, age and attractiveness
Don't make people really happy
But positive thinking, the ability to forgive
And strong social relationships promote happiness

Religion provides a personal creed
A direction in life, while prayer
Promotes calmness, serenity and tranquility
Elevates equanimity, placidity and repose

Humility, compassion, zeal and benevolence
Are essential traits for happiness?
Do what you are good at
To achieve satisfaction and happiness

Topic(s) of this poem: happiness

Form: Quatrain

Comments about Happiness: A State Of Mind by Thilliar Varnakulasingham

  • Chinedu Dike (12/11/2015 7:07:00 PM)

    An insightful depiction of happiness, well articulated and nicely penned with conviction. Indeed, happiness is a state of mind, it's one ability to embrace good times and discard bad ones, it's the projection of positive thinking and the capacity to take things and situations in stride. Money does not give true happiness on its own alone, but rather it does nourish an already happy and peaceful state of mind. A lovely piece of poetry bristling with knowledge. Thanks for sharing Thilliar. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (11/27/2015 10:20:00 PM)

    Happiness can be influenced. Thanks, Thilliar (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 27, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, May 20, 2016

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