Ray Andrews

How To Be Happy - Poem by Ray Andrews

I took a walk to the parlor
And ordered an ice cream cone
Smiled at the man at the counter
He knew he wasn't alone

I laughed with the man pumping my gas
And asked about his day
Let him know in my heart I cared
As he took my money away

I was out in difficult traffic
And road rage suggested a fight
I waved and smiled at the offender
And thought that he could be right

What does it cost to help my neighbor
To clean up his leaf strewn lawn?
Things in life happen quickly
Tomorrow he could be gone

Why keep ducking the honey-do's?
The toughest chores of all
I remember all that she's done for me
Those honey-do's seem quite small

With reasonable effort I changed my life
From glum to happy days
A tweak or two in my attitude
I no longer searched for praise

Find the secret of a happy life
Is not riches or sexy things
It's giving away your love
And the wonder that it brings

Comments about How To Be Happy by Ray Andrews

  • (4/2/2006 3:54:00 PM)

    More of your happy prescriptions. Beautiful. Susie. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/18/2006 7:22:00 PM)

    so very true
    love it
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  • (1/1/2006 6:54:00 AM)

    Beautiful advice I enjoyed your words and I believe at this same, happy New Year
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  • Ernestine Northover (12/29/2005 10:31:00 AM)

    A lovely poem Ray, wish everyone had this much love to give away. Lucky man! ! ! ! Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • (12/28/2005 8:49:00 PM)

    OK Ray! Tell me where I'm going wrong. I give my love away all day long. I'm still as miserable as a fishwife whose hubby isn't home from sea! Explain please? lol Nice poem by the way. 10 from enquiring Tai (Report) Reply

  • (12/28/2005 7:44:00 PM)

    Ray, if i didn't know better.....I'd think you were peaking in my notebook! I love this poem and it seems like one of mine! (I hope that doesn't offend you!) :) Great advice from a wonderful man. What a lovely poem. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 28, 2005

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