Directions: Read the article and then answer the questions the follow.
What makes us happy?
Last month, I stopped 100 people in the street and asked them what made them happy. Most people told me what I expected – falling in love, spending time with family and friends, money – but a few people had some really interesting answers. My favourites, and their reasons, are below.
Bob told me that what really makes him happy is people watching, especially in airports. ‘You see a lot of happiness in airports, especially in the Arrivals area. I love seeing people’s faces as they see their loved ones return from holiday, or the faces of the travellers when they see who is there waiting for them.’ Bob then said, ‘Don’t look for the same happy faces in Departures, though – people there are often stressed or angry because their flights are delayed, or sad because they’re saying goodbye to someone!’
Heidi told me that what makes her really happy is the sound of the rain. ‘I love it!’ she said. ‘I love hearing the rain falling against my bedroom window when I’m in bed. Firstly, it makes me happy that I’m not outside getting wet, and secondly, I think the sound of rain falling is very calming and it helps me get to sleep at night.’
On a similar note, Lucy told me that she actually loves walking in the rain – the heavier the better! ‘Wild weather, and particularly rain and wind, makes me so happy, and I love being outside in it,’ she said. ‘There’s nothing better than walking along the beach on a stormy day, especially if I’m tired or in a bad mood – it always makes me feel better.’
Finally, Daniel said that helping others makes him happy. ‘ I’m pretty good with technology and whenever an older family member asks for my help with something related to technology, I’m happy to help and my mood immediately improves after helping them, even if I’ve had a bad day at work.’
They’re all very good answers but I think my favourite answer is Heidi’s, because that’s what makes me happy, too!
For each question, choose which person talks about the following: