The Nicolson Institute: Janette Maciver




Happiness is the face of a
young child on their birthday
when they get what they asked for
and their smile stretches from ear to ear

Happiness feels like the butterflies
that rise up in your tummy
when you get excited
over something that is dear to you

Happiness sounds like the cheers
given up by the crowds at New Year
at the thought of a fresh start
and the celebrations to come

Happiness feels like the joy created
when you wake up in the morning
to the tuneful singing of
the small birds outside your bedroom window.

by Janette Maciver