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Posted on May 10, 2013 by Tricia There have been 1 comment(s)

Mother’s Day is this weekend and I am lucky enough to be flying to visit my own mom. We will take a walk, have brunch, linger over coffee. We will reminisce about my growing up and I will surely solicit advice on the raising of my own three kids. It will be lovely and we will be happy.

Happiness, as it turns out, was the focus of a recent Gallup poll. The international poll measured positive emotions across 148 countries, asking questions about whether residents “experienced a lot of enjoyment the day before, and if they felt respected, well-rested, laughed and smiled a lot, and did or learned something interesting.” While I truly abide by the cliché money can’t buy happiness, I was still surprised to learn that seven of the top ten countries on this happiness poll are in Latin America, in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Guatemala, home to our MayaWorks artisans, ranked 7th on the list…. a far cry higher than the United States at 33rd. It made me stop and think about our partners, many of whom are mothers doing what mothers worldwide do best: working to care for those around them. These artisans weave, they sew, they cook, they grow crops, they clean. They nurture their families, they tell stories, they laugh, they hug, and they smile. Many are learning to read and write on their own while also working to send their daughters to school. All want to continue making products for MayaWorks so that they can continue to provide for their families.

It makes me happy to support MayaWorks and the artisans. It humbles me to know that I do so from a place that has a lot to learn about happiness from mothers in Guatemala, Latin America, and beyond.

Happy Mother’s Day! ¡Feliz Día de las Madres!

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1 Response to Happiness

  • In reflection of this day, September 11th, when lives all over America would be forever changed, it is important to remember the things that make us happy.
    It is an unfortunate way in which things work. First, there is a horrible tragedy, then people unite for one common cause. People also band together to grow closer to their faiths as a means of comfort.
    I also feel that people grow closer to the pride that they have in their country, and the brave people who serve us. The ones who, instead of running away from danger, run toward it in order to save lives.
    I feel happy that we have an opportunity to make things right. It seems that we, citizens of Planet Earth, are on the brink of world wide peace, which, brings me the happiness of all.
    I believe this is why Latin Countries have so much happiness. They don't need a horrible event to bring them together. They enjoy being together. Peace

    Posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm