Poems: Happiness

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My XMU students wrote these poems about "Happiness" as part of our series on "The Science of Happiness." They are in the Japanese "Haiku" style: three lines (each a clause or phrase); the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the last line has 5 syllables. The grammar must be correct, forming one or more sentences.

Happiness Haiku


Your kindness comforts

The people you meet by chance.

Learn to do kind things.

            --April (do kind things)


Forgive what has passed,

Put down your heavy burden,

And happiness lasts.

            --Kevin (forgiveness)


Have fun every day

Because it brings us good health.

And a sweet family!

            --Otto (health)


My wishes come true

When I feel the spring sunshine,

With my hand in yours.

            --Angel (friends & family)


I love potatoes,

My mother loves cabbages;

My father loves us.

            --Jasmine (family/notice good things)


Summer is coming.

Ice cream and sunshine for all.

We are all happy.

            --Ban Yue (notice good things/positive attitude)


To find happiness

Do what you like from the heart;

You’ll surely find it.

            --Susan (do kind things)


Our moods influence

How we spend our daily life.

Keep a sunny mood!

            --Lillian (attitude)


Happiness can be

Passed on to other people

If you are willing.

            --Ivan (family & friends/do kind things)


Life is like a box—

Try to find choc’lates inside;

You’ll find happiness.

            --Vonshy (attitude)


Find meaning in life.

Do your best to solve problems.

You will be happy.

            --Peng Yanshan (solve problems)


You are not perfect

But you can try to be glad,

If you’re confident.

            --Della (attitude)


A happy person

Will pay attention daily

To the things he does.

            --Chen Yao (notice good things)


I firmly believe

Whatever does not kill me

Will make me stronger.

            --Noah & Omega (sayings/health)


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