paris (im)perfect: Paris, 50 People, 1 Question (What Makes You Happy?)

paris (im)perfect: Paris, 50 People, 1 Question (What Makes You Happy?)

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A cold day in February gets Sion Dayson thinking about happiness.

February is traditionally a tough month for me.

Not only is it one of the coldest (I woke up to snow covering the ground yesterday!), but the promise of spring still feels so far away. The sky is gray; days short. Then there's that whole V-day thing right in the middle of it, but we shan't talk about that.

I've been pretty social so far this month, but sometimes, all I feel like doing is being a hermit.

Hunkering down has its benefits, though. It's a time of reflection, as well.

Lest it sound like I have a case of the winter blues...well, yes, true. But I'm really happy, too.

Here's a video that asks people in the streets of Paris that very question: what makes you happy? It seems a simple question, but as you'll see, people at first have a hard time answering.


It may sound strange, but this is part of what I'm sorting through these days. What does make me happy? What do I want to be doing? Where am I heading? What is my purpose? And what about this thing called love?

Thankfully, a whole ton of things give me joy and I get on a roll as soon as I start: the sun, a smile, finding just the right word. Friends. Family. A good book. A cup of tea. Chocolat chaud. Kindness. Seeing a friend's face, even though we're an ocean apart (thanks, Skype). Light seeping through the window. Surprises. This American Life.

And of course, Paris. Watch the video then share if you'd like. I'd love to hear: What makes you happy?



Reprinted with permission of paris (im)perfect.

Sion Dayson is an American writer living in Paris. Her work has appeared in a number of different venues and she blogs about the quirkier side of the City of Light at paris (im)perfect.





Header photo credit: Terry Madeley

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