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We ask kids...what does happiness mean to you?

Sometimes kids feel so wise. Or at least incredibly clear-minded and perceptive. Say for instance my husband and I are, um, debating over something at home, an interjection from them—Mommy and daddy, you should say sorry to each other for not being nice!—can stop us cold.

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Sometimes kids feel so wise. Or at least incredibly clear-minded and perceptive. Say for instance my husband and I are, um, debating over something at home, an interjection from them—”Mommy and daddy, you should say sorry to each other for not being nice!”—can stop us cold. Or I’ll hear them arguing with a friend when suddenly one comes up with a solution: “Hey! Why don’t you take a turn and I take a turn. And then it will be fair!”  

So I’m turning to the wisdom of kids for today’s post, and asked several of the kids in and around my life: what does happiness mean to them? Read on to find out their sweet answers and take away the simplicity of happiness in our own lives.

“Being with my family and playing with my friends and nice and sunny days. And when my dad comes home from work and I like to cuddle him.”–Annika, 6 years old

“Ummmm….playing happy. And playing in the playground. And playing with your friends outside happy.”–Desmond, 3

“Happiness is what you feel when you, um, make a new friend, get a new pet or see family you haven’t seen in awhile. Or getting a toy you really, really, really want.”–Sabrina, 8

“A carnival. A roller coaster because you feel like you’re driving the Batmobile.” –David, 6

“Happiness to me means getting video game time, TV time, the books I want…It’s when you feel good about something, joyful, when you want to dance sometimes…Fridays make me happy, especially long weekends. And that’s about it.”–Phoenix, 10

“Happiness pretty much means peace. Like the whole world is peaceful and you are so excited.” –Keegan, 8

“I know what it means. It means you hug everybody and squeeze everybody. And that’s all.”–Ty, 5

“Happiness is something that people really like and is really happy. Like flowers, hearts and happy faces, and fairs. And of course being on my Nintendo DSi.  Because I really like being on my DSi. But the part I don’t really like is that mom always tries to get me off my DSi.”–Olivia, 6

“It’s like friendship and teamwork, and just enjoying yourself!”–Aidan, 10

“ It means if you’re happy you can let a friend come over. Happiness feels happy!”–Annabelle, 6

“Having and being with my family and friends. Happiness is about being nice and spreading love all around the world.”–Rachel, 7

“Going home for dinner makes me happy. So does getting snacks before bedtime. Happiness means joy.”–Cooper, 6

“Happiness means showing your teacher how many things you can count. Saying how you can spell your name. Doing all the things you can do. Or when someone gets you something you want to eat.”–Henry, 3

“Hot wheels.”–Jordan, 4

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