Always look on the bright side of life…

Last week we welcomed the first day of Spring.  Appropriately enough, it was also The International Day of Happiness and the day the World Happiness Report was published.  It’s worth reading.  It turns out that all around the world, people are doing their best to be happy, and that the things that make us truly, deeply happy are the same the world over.

The more attention we pay to happiness, the more happiness we create.  It’s a simple equation; easier to understand and every bit as valid as E=MC2.  Robert Louis Stevenson said, “There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.  By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.”

The world needs you now.  Dig deep inside, find your happiness, and sow your seeds generously. Stargazing, singing at the top of our lungs with our kids, a big Italian dinner filled with laughter and love, planting a garden, taking walks along the river are just a few things that make us happy.  All around the world happiness is…

Hygge – Denmark

Joie de vivre – France

La dolce vita – Italy

Pono – Hawaii

Wabi-sabi – Japan

Shabdkosk – Hindi

Mbuki-mvuki – Bantu

Tarab – Arabic

Gigil – Tagalog

Koselig – Norway

Mysa – Sweden

Gezellig – The Czech Republic

Volta – Greece

Gemutlichkeit – Germany

What makes you happy?

Gina Cascone is the co-author/TV script writer of DEADTIME STORIES (Tor). She has been a writer for 17th Street, Parachute Press, and other series. She has written GHOSTS OF FEAR STREET, ANIMORPHS, SWEET VALLEY JUNIOR HIGH, teen thrillers, and humor books. She is also the co-author of three teen thrillers and the author of two well-received memoirs, PAGAN BABIES AND OTHER CATHOLIC MEMORIES and LIFE AL DENTE: Laughter and Love in an Italian American Family. Her most recent picturebook, AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW (Sleeping Bear Press), is co-authored by her daughter, Bryony Williams Sheppard. She has two grown children, two grandchildren and lives near Princeton, NJ with her husband and three cats.

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