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Happiness Haiku: What Does Happiness Mean To You?

19/12/2011
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“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Happiness Haiku: What Does Happiness Mean To You?... where is your haiku? 😉

“There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.” Francis Bacon, Sr.

What happiness means?
A cup of tea, milk, honey,
That works well for me…


SoulPancake: Happy Hundred

What Does Happiness Mean To You? Can you formulate your thoughts in a Haiku? Would you move to any of the happiest nations identified by the United Nations?

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” Epictetus

Happiness Haiku: What Does Happiness Mean To You? Laughter, Love, Hope, Abundant Joy...

I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed. Dalai Lama

What happiness means?
Laughter, Love, Hope, Abundant Joy,
These too work for me…

What Does Happiness Mean To You? Is what works for me important for you too?  The Top Ten Happiest countries for 2011 are: 1. Norway, 2. Australia, 3. The Netherlands, 4. United States, 5. New Zealand, 6. Canada, 7. Ireland, 8. Liechtenstein, 9. Germany, 10. Sweden. Read more: World’s happiest countries: 1 to 187 | CNNGo.com

“Don’t seek God in temples. He is close to you. He is within you. Only you should surrender to Him and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.” Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Happiness Haiku: What Does Happiness Mean To You? Happiness Maps all in green..

Political Map coloring based on the World Map of Happiness.
Green = Happiest
Blue
Purple
Orange
Red = Least Happy
Grey = Data not available

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

What happiness means?
Health, Home, Friends and my Family
Make Me Happy too…

What Does Happiness Mean To You? Have you ever considered happiness could be defined in a haiku? Some things are best expressed when we say less… More below. 😉

Happiness is not pleasure, it is victory.” Zig Ziglar

Happiness Haiku: What Does Happiness Mean To You? Happy Quotes, Helpful People...

“Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don’t put off being happy until some future date.” Dale Carnegie

What happiness means?
compassion, consideration,
Bring happy thoughts closer…

What Does Happiness Mean To You? A Happy Holiday haiku would work too. What are your thoughts? What would your happy world look like? What does happiness mean to you? If you could change the world and make it happy, what would you change first? Do share! Thank you. 😉

This post was inspired by a prompt from SoulPancake: Write a haiku (three lines of five, seven and five syllables, respectively) about what happiness is to you. And a prompt from WP Daily Post: What kind of writing exercises have you tried? Which helped and which were a total flop? Post some of your ideas in the comments — and your examples!

Positive Motivation Tip: Happiness is a choice we make daily even when the sun doesn’t shine or our plans fall apart; choose happiness

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Happy WordsHappy WomanHappiness Map, via Wikipedia  And Happiness Poster by Baejaar, via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

29 Comments leave one →
  1. 19/12/2011 10:44 pm

    “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I love the map that shows the colors of who is happiest. Interesting data, Indeed.

  2. 19/12/2011 11:53 pm

    This post sums up what I thought “happiness” is. Love, joy, inner peace , good health, family and friends, fulfillment and sense of meaning /purpose. Happiness too is that state when you wake up just seeing the world as full of optimism, possibilities, and a glow in your heart that consumes every part of you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May all blessings be with you always.

  3. 20/12/2011 12:06 am

    I think you are one of the most positive people I have ever read.
    Thank you for this message of love. It ‘great!
    I can not say more.
    My haiku? I have to think … but my happiness is my daughter ..
    a kiss and many good wishes to you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a year full of love.
    vento

  4. 20/12/2011 2:38 am

    Lovely post – I am very entertained to see that Ireland is in the Top 10 happiest countries – I am going to tell everybody that piece of news, as I live in Ireland and we have done a lot of complaining about our lot over the past few years! We are, however, by nature quite happy-go-lucky (as per our stereotype!) so hopefully we’ll reconnect with that!

    I often thing that the conceptual framework of pursuing happiness as an end in itself is a mistake as it’s like peace and is a consequence of how we live our lives. I suspect we are actually hard-wired to serve others and that this is where our real happiness lies – not as slaves or enforced servants but voluntarily.

    Most of us are happy to ‘serve’ our children, most of us get huge satisfaction from the welfare, happiness and accomplishments of our children – at least as much as from our own. If we could see everyone else on the planet as we see our families then maybe we’d not only function better we’d also be happier?

    Thanks for the provoking of thought!

  5. 20/12/2011 3:04 am

    I love this thought by reciprocity that maybe we’d function better and also be happier if we could see everyone else on the planet as we see our families.

  6. 20/12/2011 3:46 am

    Happiness is to lay down on the right elbow,
    after you’ve rested on the left for a while …

    +
    remembering a sentence of my favorite writer
    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

  7. 20/12/2011 4:44 am

    It’s a difficult question. Happiness Maps is very interesting. Our country isn’t happy according to the map.

  8. 20/12/2011 7:41 am

    believe in yourself,
    share love and kindness with all,
    happiness will thrive.

  9. Bree permalink
    20/12/2011 8:13 am

    Happiness is life
    Happiness, justice for all
    Happiness = service
    Those maps are both interesting and depressing
    I love your dedication to sharing and cheering! 🙂
    B

  10. Savy permalink
    20/12/2011 8:33 am

    You have an interesting way of showcasing your words…. Felt the happy through out your writing..
    The map shown… was some what interesting… People are happy in the coldest of countries!

  11. 20/12/2011 9:01 am

    Embrace all with joy ~
    anything can be a gift
    of gold in disguise

  12. 20/12/2011 9:13 am

    Oh, happiness could mean to never look back at the past. It depresses me. Just keep looking ahead and look at all the good things that will happen. As far as the world goes, I don’t see any happy world. There will always be war and there will always be global issues in our world. Let’s make world peace. That would help.

  13. 20/12/2011 2:48 pm

    love the map. very interesting.

  14. 20/12/2011 3:07 pm

    Happiness means hugs
    Arms sincerely wrapped around you
    All’s right with the world!

    ps Norway also has one of the best educational systems . . .

  15. 20/12/2011 5:28 pm

    Thank you for always being positive, Eliz and I really learn a lot from you and your blog 🙂
    Happiness for me is when I see others happy.
    Happiness for me is when I can love others.
    Happiness for me is when I know others love me.
    Happiness for me is when I see others smile.
    Happiness for me is when I see my boys happy and give me their big kisses and hugs.

  16. 20/12/2011 6:48 pm

    I agree with Carnegie: happiness should not be put off to some future date. We should all find our happiness (whatever that means to the individual) now.

  17. 20/12/2011 7:09 pm

    Look inside, find peace.
    Love, give, share, enjoy, savor,
    Happy lies within. 🙂

  18. 20/12/2011 10:11 pm

    You are amazing!
    Motivating and teaching . . .
    Life is happy now 🙂

  19. 20/12/2011 11:33 pm

    Very interesting map, Elizabeth.

  20. 21/12/2011 1:10 pm

    The map is intriguing – and I really like the haiku you’ve included!

  21. Leila permalink
    22/12/2011 4:33 am

    Happiness is the state that is OTHER than everything else. It ranges from contentment to ecstasy. I’ve found it to be just a thought away, despite the circumstances.

  22. 22/12/2011 8:37 am

    Happiness is mine
    Acceptance, contentment, peace
    Multiplied when shared

  23. 09/10/2012 1:53 am

    Reblogged this on Rebecca Mitchell Posts.

    • 09/10/2012 2:04 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂 Will visit you on Tuesday!

  24. militaryfamof8 permalink
    21/03/2016 2:43 am

    Great post and great conversation starter for a Family! I will use this post to ask, and talk with my kids 😉

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