It’s ok not to be happy all the time

A Poem by Bijal Shah

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It’s ok not to be happy all the time.

Life seesaws for all of us.

Embrace the falls, savour the highs.

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Contentment is a learned skill.

Patiently mastered.

Practice makes it second nature.

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Brace yourself for a marathon of practice.

Be brave and express the negative too.

The negative is filled with wholesome lessons.

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People disappoint, close friends let you down.

That’s life. Don’t let this phase you.

Smile, give yourself permission to be happy.

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Gratitude is a best-kept secret.

Thankful for life’s gifts, the food, the family and friends, the shelter.

It attracts happiness like bees to honey.

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My inner voice of contentment will become yours one day.

I nurture and strengthen that voice.

Every mother’s wish is their child’s happiness.

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Make peace, practice gratitude

Express sadness and anger.

Pick sweet joy from a mindful moment.

A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I create reading lists/personalised book prescriptions based on your individual needs, this is my signature personalised reading service. You can also check out Book Therapy’s other free reading lists and A- Z of book prescriptions (covering both fiction and non-fiction). These suggest books based on your existing life situation (e.g. anxiety, job change, relationship heartache) as well as interests (e.g memoir, historical fiction, non-fiction, crime etc). There’s also one for children, Children’s A — Z of Book Prescriptions. Feel free to check out the blog for more literary gems. There’s also a post on my personal story of how I entered the world of bibliotherapy and book curation. And if you’d like to connect, email me at bijal@booktherapy.io or www.booktherapy.io.

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