The Way To Be Happy
- Year Published: 1920
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: England
- Source: Barnes, W. (Ed.). (1920). Types of Children's Literature: A Collection of the World's Best Literature for Children.. Yonkers, New York: World Book Company.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 2.7
- Word Count: 130
Taylor, A. (1920). The Way To Be Happy. Selected American and British Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved October 13, 2015, from
Taylor, Ann and Jane. "The Way To Be Happy." Selected American and British Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1920. Web. <>. October 13, 2015.
Ann and Jane Taylor, "The Way To Be Happy," Selected American and British Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1920), accessed October 13, 2015,.
How pleasant it is at the end of the day,
No follies to have to repent,
But reflect on the past and be able to say,
My time has been properly spent!
When I’ve done all my business with patience and care,
And been good, and obliging, and kind,
I lie on my pillow and sleep away there,
With a happy and peaceable mind.
Instead of all this, if it must be confest,
That I careless and idle have been,
I lie down as usual, and go to my rest,
But feel discontented within.
Then as I dislike all the trouble I’ve had,
In future I’ll try to prevent it,
For I never am naughty without being sad,
Or good—without being contented.