How do you define happiness? For me, happiness can take on many forms. I know I won’t think of everything, but here’s a random list of things that come to mind: • A sweet-tooth craving fulfilled • A warm breeze on a summer evening • The smell of old books and libraries • A good hearty laugh (the more gusto, the better) • Reading • Travelling to new places • Writing creatively • Watching a storm • Splashing into puddles with galoshes • Chinchillas • Sunshine • Going home • Gumpy-eyed goldfish • Chili chocolate • Antiques (‘30s , ‘50s and ‘60s) Then there are the things that make me effortlessly happy … the people in my life: My son Being a new mother, it’s still a surreal experience to wake up in the morning and head into my son’s room to watch him sleep. It’s the best feeling in the world, peeking into that crib to find my beautiful child smiling back at me. That is happiness. My husband Where do I even begin? He’s my best friend, my comedian, my confidant, my sweetheart. He stashes little love notes around the house for me to find, or takes me on “drives” down memory lane. My family and friends From Abyan’s grandmothers and grandfathers — who are a constant source of encouragement, support, love and joy — to the brother and sister I miss every day — to the friends in my life who will always be there for me, to make me laugh and watch me cry … My happiness is really centered where the people in my life are, and they’re all amazing people.
Suban Nur Cooley
Suban Nur Cooley is a young communications professional and writer in the Greater Lansing region, who currently works for Capital Gains and the Refugee Development Center. She is also a proud Australian expatriate and Lansing homeowner.