Calm Morning

Snow glistens along this path on the mountain.  I make

my way through, enjoying the beams of light that filter

gently through the branches.  I inhale comforting

wisps of moisture that hang throughout the hills

and thickets.  I pass beside many small lakes and brooks,

noticing the vibrant birds that swoop their way close

to the surfaces.  Shiny lilies of the valley poke through

some patches of snow.  Off in the distance, gleaming

green crystals blanket the base of the sleepy hills.

Welcome To The Festival

Welcome to this whimsical gathering of lively folks

assembled in honor of your arrival.  Fantastic lights

lift up and shine onto your carriage.  Confetti hails onto

the scene and spreads throughout the amusement.

The crowd cheers with bliss and euphoria.  Sparkly flags

wave and send forth beams of wonder.  Sweet flowers

bloom along the pavements and shout their approval.

Youthful cultivators giggle, blow bubbles, and play tag

with each other.  Dancers swirl each other around,

lifting each other to new levels.  Golden petals and

silver leaves turn attentively toward the gliding light.

Clear Pond

The magnificent green cliffs tower near the cascade

In youthful trees a light flickers

Past hail through the thickening undergrowth

The luscious blue inlet bubbles with excitement

Vines reach to greet the hazy fog

In reflecting droplets of a silver passion

Wet patterns sift through the comforting mosses

And soften the glowing twigs

Approaches To Increase Endorphins

When one is happy, experiencing a flood of positive sentiments, engaging in risk-taking with the expectation of rewards, or exercising, her/his endorphins tend to spike up.  “Endorphins” are pleasure-producing particles produced by the body when one is participating in these activities as well as others.  Relieving stress is likely one of the largest factors in the ability to produce more endorphins.  How one can achieve this is subjective and unique to her/his particular lifestyle.  Participating in a job or career that is rewarding in multiple areas can definitely help as well.  When one is in a stressful situation, it can help to engage the immediate senses so that she/he can become more aware of what is occurring.  For less stressful situations, laughing can be a key factor in the ability to create pleasure and cheerfulness.  Even the act of smiling itself can bring intense satisfaction for some people.  Therefore, there is much one can do to increase pleasure-producing particles and decrease sensations of pain.