What Makes Us Happy?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    What makes us grow older and forget the things that made us happy as a youth? We used to laugh and play. There were times when we would cry and learn to be comforted. Then when we got older we told ourselves or were made to believe that these were childish things. We gave away our dolls and toy cars in an effort to prove our maturity. And with every change our childish gaiety vanished and the bitter strivings of adulthood took over.
I took on an observation of what might make children the happiest. It was difficult to observe without causing others alarm. I watched 3 little deaf children in a 3rd world country discuss all the many uses of a napkin. They laughed at the thought of it falling on the floor, tearing in two, or being caught up by the wind. When the snacks came around and they found their napkin empty once again, one of them encouraged the others to save it so that in case more snacks where offered they would still have their napkin handy. Sure enough the hostess came with more snacks and the children were so pleased they still had their napkin. Why can’t we remember the joy of such realizations when we get older? If it were me and I received something that would help me in life such as a napkin, I would begin to become anxious over how I might lose it, break it, or someone else might take it. Then I might use it unscrupulously and before you know it, wasted my precious possession to my demise. Instead, why not laugh at the mere beauty of having something and cherishing it, no matter how small, as if it were an inheritance.

What makes you happy dear reader? I would love to hear your comments.

3 thoughts on “What Makes Us Happy?

  1. cheryl L. Lowe

    Its true we do forget, thank you for the reminder to remember! It will take effort and in a way unlocking a part of our mind that’s been sealed away not to be disturbed. One of my memories is a day making mud cakes under my grandmothers grape arbor, letting them bake in the sun. Then in the evening chasing fireflies thru the darkness of the night. Many of my most treasured memories took place in and around that old house in Burgestown Pa.

    1. hollyk Post author

      Thank you for that great memory! It sounds like you had a lot of happy memories from simple pleasures. I look forward to hearing more!

  2. cheryl lowe

    Thank you for the reminder to remember! I recall making mud pies under the grape arbor at my grandmothers , then letting them bake in the sun. In the evenings chasing fireflies in the night.
    I had wonderful memories at that old house in Burgestown Pa.
    Didn’t cost a penny, do children make mud pies anymore?


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