International Day of Happiness: What makes Brummies happy?

To mark the UN International Day of Happiness we asked the people of Birmingham what make them smile
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It’s the UN International Day of Happiness - a day for the world to recognise the importance of happiness in their lives. This years theme is “Be mindful. Be grateful. Be Kind”. I’m here in Birmingham to find out from people what it is in their lives which makes them happy.

More often than not it’s the smaller, simpler things that make us happy in life. Creature comforts, kind gestures, hobbies. But we all have our more grand memories of big moments in our lives - so I asked what day or period they remember being at their most happy.

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Lita says: “Things that make me happy is peace really. Nature. The kindness of others. Family -  I’ve got my granddaughter with me today. And yeah, just just helping each other, you know - goodwill. Goodwill.”

Jason says: “Well, as long as people are happy around me and I’m happy around them I’m a very happy person and I like people to be happy because it makes me feel better.” Elizabeth says: “My baby, my house, my boyfriend, my family. To me just those things, the little things in life. A clean house - fresh bedsheets. I’m sure a lot of people will agree with me on that one. A nice bath. Probably just that. Yeah.”

Colin says: “Well, why it’s made me happy when I’m going to travel and visit cities like this one or London or other cities, to travel. And I think there are a lot of people that love to travel.”

Jared says: “Well, we have a long distance relationship. But the part that made me the happiest is when I finally met my girlfriend in real life. So yeah, that was one of the happiest moments of my life.”

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