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What makes you happy?

World Vision
18 March 2016 by Laura Tay
What makes you happy?

Photo by Samuel Ajitson

What makes you most happy? March 20th marks the International Day of Happiness, which is all about creating a happier world together.

It’s pretty easy to focus on the difficult and disappointing things that happen in life, or get caught up in looking for new things to make us happy. That’s part of why I like this quote from German inventor Frederick Keonig – “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

We asked people in the communities where we work to share what makes them happy. Take a look, and then share your answer with us!

Photo by Dara Chhim, World Vision

Photo by Dara Chhim, World Vision

Ana, Cambodia
“Every day I come to school with my friend Sina I am happy, because she is my best friend!” says eight-year-old Ana.

Photo by Sunjuli Singh, World Vision

Photo by Sunjuli Kunwar, World Vision

Abhisekh, Nepal
Eleven-year-old Abhisekh is the happiest when he does scientific experiments! He loves to do different experiments at school, at home and with friends. Whenever he reads about experiments and tries them successfully he feels very happy. He feels like he has achieved something and wants to do more. Recently he had done an experiment at school on lightbulbs which was very interesting. He wants to make a mini ship engine at home – he hasn’t been successful but hopes he will be able to someday!

Photo by Aklilu Kassaye, World Vision

Photo by Aklilu Kassaye, World Vision

Tseganesh, Ethiopia
Eight-year-old Tseganesh from Ethiopia lives with her parents, and likes attending school with her friends. She says that what makes her happy is when she learns about things that she did not know before!

Photo by Dara Chhim, World Vision

Photo by Dara Chhim, World Vision

Visal, Cambodia
“The frog is my favorite animals, it make me happy when I see it because it look fun!” says eight-year-old Visal. Visal loves attending the World Vision Child Club in his community and meeting his friends to play and tell stories.

Photo by Sunjuli Kunwar, World Vision

Photo by Sunjuli Kunwar, World Vision

Rita, Nepal
Ten-year-old Rita loves skipping! “The time when I get to skip alone or with friends is what makes me the happiest,” she says. She loves to skip at school and at home. “I can skip 30-40 times at one stretch. I really feel great and I think it is a good exercise to skip!”

Photo by Aklilu Kassaye, World Vision

Photo by Aklilu Kassaye, World Vision

Jemanesh, Ethiopia
30-year-old Jemanesh says that she gets happy when she sees people living in harmony, respecting each other’s culture and traditions.

Photo by Trang Thu Pham, World Vision

Photo by Trang Thu Pham, World Vision

Huyen, Vietnam
“We are having a contest on hygiene and sanitation at school. I love extracurricular activities like this because my friends and I have a lot of fun and laughter together. We also get to learn how to keep ourselves healthy and protect the environment around us,” says nine-year-old Huyen.

Share what makes you happy in the comments below! World Vision partners with communities to help build a world where every child can grow up healthy and happy – see how you can help today.

Laura Tay Laura Tay

Laura is a Writer for World Vision Australia.

 

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