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Be happy & make others happy

Spreading happiness....
Good time at Mizoram
children are beautiful flowers
Wonderful time with children
School children
They bring a smile to my face & joy to my heart
Sweetest smiles
Sweet smile
School going...
Cute babies
Incredible love

Pleasure is a good feeling that comes from eating good food, watching a good movie, feeling the warm caressing rays of the sun on a winter day, or having fun at a party. Pleasure has to do with enjoyment involving the five senses and is dependent on circumstances, objects and people. When we are happy, minor unpleasant events usually do not disturb us, but when we are unhappy, we feel as if everything is against us. We might compensate for this, by eating chocolate and sweets, because this gives us pleasure. But some people get pleasure to make others happy by spreading happiness in a different way. Of course it differs from person to person.

For all of us (JPG friends) it is always a great pleasure and fun providing for a photographer to capture images of smiling children. Children have the ability to make others smile with perfect smiley faces they have. So today in this post, I have gone to a school and photographed cute and beautiful smiling children that changed mood. This unforgettable memory made me to write this small story.

While conducting training on Aquaculture for entrepreneurship development at Buchang cluster and Aizawl, Mizoram, India during 7-10 December 2014, I find an opportunity to meet the small children in a school. During the off time, I went to meet some of the villagers and to know about their family, culture and tradition. It was also quite interesting to meet some of the cute and beautiful children of Anganwadi. I provided them candies collected from nearby shops and realized how happy they are. Each one was trying to grab as many as possible. I spent a good time with them and took some photographs.

The message is, happiness can be invited, when we desire. It is within us. It costs nothing or negligible. When we stop chasing the world's definition of happiness, we begin to recognize the decision to experience happiness has been right in front of us all along.

Therefore my appeal to this world, try to be happy and make others happy. Hope you will have the same experience when you visit a school and share your feelings.

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13 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 Aug 2015):

    Wonderful essay and collection of images...The smiles and happiness were captured beautifully on your portraits of the school children..Got my vote!!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (20 Aug 2015):

    Thank you Andrea

  • Kelley

    Kelley gave props (31 Aug 2015):

    What a great opportunity. You were in good company and captured it beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

  • Geoff Plant

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  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (13 Oct 2015):


  • Sheila Ping

    Sheila Ping   said (18 Oct 2015):

    beautiful story and photos Saroj, by spreading happiness we find the happiness in ourselves, it is truly contagious!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (20 Oct 2015):

    Thank you every friend!!! Love you all

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (10 Nov 2015):

    Congrats for receiving the honor of photo essay of week 46! Well deserved!

  • Kelley

    Kelley said (10 Nov 2015):

    Congrats! Well deserved

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Nov 2015):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Nov 2015):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (15 Dec 2015):

    Thanks every one!!!

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