“‘And what–if it isn’t an impertinent question–what do you believe?’
Magic carpet rides, rune magic, Ali Baba and visions of the Holy Mother, astral travel and the future in the dregs of a glass of red wine…
Buddha. Frodo’s journey into Mordor. The transubstantiation of the sacrament. Dorothy and Toto. The Easter Bunny. Space aliens. The Thing in the closet. The Resurrection and the Life and turn of a card… I’ve believed in them all at one time or another. Or pretended to. Or pretended not to.
And now? What do I believe right now? ‘I believe that being happy is the only important thing,’ I told him at last.
Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
— Chocolat Joanne Harris 1999
Something that I have always been interested in is being happy. For my independent learning project I want to research how to be truly, selflessly, and unconditionally happy. Throughout this project I want to look into ways that people have found their own happiness and also how to teach happiness. I think it is important for children to know that there are many ways to be happy, and successfully happy, and I want to try to show them how to accomplish this. For me, my happiness comes from being with loved ones, yoga, being outside, and relaxing with a book or good movie. There are many other ways that I know I can become happy on a deeper level than what is just on the surface and I would like to figure out what they are.