Happiness is more than the giggle of a child
More than basking in the warmth of the sun
Or the memories of homemade lemonade
Stands and the hopes of paying for a new bike.
Happiness is more than the biggest hug you can muster
Even to your best friend after your first fight
It’s more than standing beside them at their wedding
And witnessing their child being brought into this world.
Happiness is more than going on the adventure of a lifetime
More than mustering up the courage to follow your childhood dreams
And mustering up even more courage to keeping trying
Despite falling many times before.
Happiness is greater than looking into the eyes
Of the person you relinquish your soul to.
It is greater than love itself,
Because to be happy, you must master the art of love.
Happiness is the top tier
But Maslow called it by a different name.
It is much more than survival
Much more than safety, belonging, or esteem.
Happiness is self-actualization
It’s enlightenment; the “aha” Buddhists search for.
It’s more than some constant struggle
And more than something to take for granted.
Happiness is something that can be buried under fear
But it never hides, nor does it abandon.
Sometimes it’s harder to find than Waldo himself
But the search is always worth it, no matter how long.
Happiness is looking into your soul with eyes closed
But a mind and heart wide open
And being able to feel yourself
Deep down inside.
Because we’re more than just flesh and bones
Much more than a brain and nerves
Even more than a beginning, middle, and end
And more than what we can comprehend
Happiness is never more than we are capable of:
Never more than we deserve.
Edited by: Zach Iezzi