What “Being Happy” Means To Me.


I really love this quote and it is true, what I wanted to be when I grew up was to be happy.

What does being happy mean to me?

Being happy means having a loving and supportive family.

Being happy means a roof over my head, complete with working heat/ac, running water, a bed, a washing and drying machine, and a parking garage, you know, things that are normal to us but considered a luxury to those that live in poverty. The size of a place with these amenities doesn’t matter,as long as it is livable.

Living near a park and a body of water where I can retreat from the concrete jungle with my family, while sipping on coffee that I can get from the local mom and pop coffee shop.

The street fests and the farmer’s markets that brings the city to life.

Browsing through the city library with my daughter where your imagination can soar as knowledge surrounds us.

Writing my heart out for the next upcoming blog post during my lunch hour amongst the high rises in the financial district as I escape the 9-5 for just a brief moment.

Listening to house music from Chicago’s underground scene while catching the 147 or folding laundry.

Being able to go through life in the eyes of my toddler as she experiences the simple things for the first time. Whether it’s that macaroon from a local French pastry shop or feeling the soothing sand between her toes and splashing in the water at the neighborhood beach.

Being able to travel and experience new places-whether it’s that cute beach town or a museum exhibit or that Ethiopian restaurant down the street with my family.

Singing the ABC song or drawing and coloring with my daughter on a rainy day.

Sipping on sangria at an outdoor patio.

But most of all, having a healthy family-after working many years as a medical social worker, you have no idea how grateful I am to have a healthy, happy family, which makes me feel like the richest person in the world.

So what makes you happy? What does “being happy” mean to you?


  1. What a lovely list! It’s so nice to find happiness in so many things!
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  2. I love that quote and this post! We should all strive to be happy. I enjoy my family, and the moments we have together that make me happy. My little boy gives me so much joy! Thank you for sharing your happy moments!
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  3. I, too, love that quote from John Lennon. I am an autism consultant and when I meet a new family I ask them what their ultimate goal is for their child. The parents that answer “happy” win a special place in my heart.
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    • Chi City Mom says:

      I thought that quote would be perfect for this blog post. It is so deep yet so simple. Those parents truly love their child then.

  4. “Being able to go through life in the eyes of my toddler as she experiences the simple things for the first time. ” – YES!!! This brings such joy. <3
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    • Chi City Mom says:

      I love it! We were at a street fest and she had such a wide grin when she heard the live music. Or taking her somewhere new, she gets so excited!

  5. I’m with you! At the most basic level, happiness to me means being surrounded by the love of family and friends. I try to celebrate that and remember to be thankful for the blessings every day!
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  6. Happiness to me is many, many things – most of which are temporary, but some of which I know will remain forever. Happiness is knowing that I’m loved, accepted, and cherished most of all.

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