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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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What makes you happy?



  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Falahi we have choices but we see them after some sufferings. My point is different. We can't live happy forever in life because life is the other name of ups and downs but we can at least change our focus or attention towards life. The brighter side with positive thoughts. It is what we can opt to live and mourn over the sufferings or to find out small happiness.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,671 mod
    edited September 2015
    Spending a Sunday with a hotty and a good book in bed. It may be the weather today has encouraged me.
  • safasafa Posts: 22 ✭✭
    what makes me happy :) eat lovely hot meal after achieving goal.

    and about happiness this quote make me laugh and i think it's right.
    "Money can't buy happiness but somehow, it’s more comfortable to cry in a BMW than on a bicycle…"
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2015
    @Hermine In winter, I also like to spend my time reading a book and enjoy a cup of coffee.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    You're making me sorry I'll be missing winter here in Nice @Hermine and @bubbli. I agree, being as snug as a bug in a bed when it's cold outside is one of life's pleasures.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    You have a very good point @Falahi. Maybe some suffering is important to get a better perspective on life and to avoid getting too complacent. However I feel sad when people suffer needlessly or when people only seem to know a life of suffering. Life is not always fair to many people.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,671 mod
    @Marianne, that is a big issue.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge I like the expression; "Snug as a bug in a rug." :)
  • dededede Posts: 61 Inactive
    a lot of things can makes me happy like doing something i like it (reading new novel - learn something new)
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @dede Yes. Reading a good book always makes us calm and happy. I enjoy reading motivational and inspirational books that makes me relax. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    Last night I went to hear a woman explaining Bach flower remedies. She gave a very interesting explanation about how different plants can help with all sorts of problems. The key however, is working out what a person's problems really are!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge is it about herbal treatment?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    Not so much herbs as flowers @bubbli. I think they are very closely related though.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge Herbal treatment or plants treatment is really trendy these days. I believe in herbal treatment as it really works for many diseases.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    I think a lot of illness is in the mind bubbli, and this is particularly where plants come into their own. I'm not sure that they are much use to repair broken bones though!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge exactly! that is why I used the word many not every disease. :) Herbal is effective for skin and intestinal diseases mostly.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    My understanding is that Bach flower remedies are also used for treating various psychological states @bubbli. But then these can manifest themselves in many ways (like stress leading to stomach disorders and so on).

    Next week's talk is about positive thinking.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Bach flower remedies are to some extent effective because psychological issues need long term treatment and I don't know these remedies can go longer or not. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    There's a homeopathic hospital run by the NHS in London where they make up flower remedies. But like you say, they are effective only for certain kinds of problems. I confess to being very ignorant on the subject @bubbli.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge Yes. May be @amatsuscribbler has some knowledge about it as she has a keen interest in herbal treatment.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    I met a girl last week who is considering training on herbal treatments @bubbli. Very interesting I would think.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge I bet you must have asked about the details of herbal treatment. ;)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,081 mod
    I'm aware that herbs like basil and mint are good for you, but I can never remember especially for what reason they are good. Tumeric is very good as an antiseptic.
  • naDaothmannaDaothman Posts: 87 ✭✭
    When I achieve a difficult task that I can't expect that I can do it .. it's make me happy
    When I see people around me happy of something I do
    When I feel that people who I love they appreciate it and more loyal to me
    All of that makes me happier :-)
  • OlegOleg Posts: 2,348 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @bubbli Do You make all these teas and herbal treatments and stuff, yeah?
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,775 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I am happy if I have access to knowledge and time to consume it. :)
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Oleg Not at all. I just like to taste different types of kehwa only. I tried herbal tea once or twice.
  • lorrainelorraine Posts: 15 ✭✭
    eating and sleeping and my happiness comes from my family and my best friends. it is a feeling that comes within
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @lorraine yes. There are many ways to be happy. Both inner and outer factors matter a lot.
  • OlegOleg Posts: 2,348 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @bubbli What kind of outer environmental factors can disturb our balance?
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