Tales of Happiness
Write your tale of happiness with us!
We have pulled together a whole host of tales of happiness – from our partners, from children at our Kinderhaus facilities, from people working at PATRIZIA, and from our friends and supporters. Read a selection of their tales here.
“Happiness is the only thing that doubles when you share it.”
Albert Schweitzer (Evangelical theologian, organist, philosopher and physician)
As a result, we set up a fund going by the name of Coronavirus Fund Education Healthcare. Its aim is to provide immediate aid to our Kinderhaus facilities. By adding your own donation to the fund, you can support our facilities that are experiencing serious problems as a result of the crisis. So we can hopefully tell more tales of happiness.
My tale of happiness
When I look back, I feel really proud of the things we’ve achieved through the foundation over the last 21 years.
Padmavathi is happy that she has friends in the girls’ home with whom she can play and share her life. Here she has a sheltered roof over her head, regular meals and the chance to use her knowledge to grow into a self-confident and independent woman.
Malia* from South Africa
Malia first came to the Agape Educare Centre at PATRIZIA Child Care Western Cape when she was only ten months old. She was given loving attention at the centre and received support in her early childhood development until she entered primary school. She was always a quiet child but was considered self-confident by her classmates, always doing her schoolwork as expected and like all children, she loved to play. Playful learning is important at the centre. In Agape, the ability of children to learn in the first six years of life is promoted through a holistic method that places emphasis on children’s physical, emotional and psychological well-being.
Pierre and Brigitte describe their journey to happiness
Everyone is dealt a different fortune in life. For Pierre and Brigitte from Rwanda, being given the chance to receive an education became an important ingredient of happiness.
Happiness – what does happiness mean to different cultures?
Every country or culture in the world has different ways of interpreting happiness. There’s no magic formula that works for everyone, which is probably just as well, because everyone has very different personal priorities when it comes to finding happiness. For example, it is scientifically proven that it makes you happy to help others. In some countries they have words that express different aspects of happiness – such as Germany, where the PATRIZIA Foundation comes from. In German, the closest word to happiness is Glück, which not only describes the road to happiness for some – fortune, like when everything just goes well. It also means fortune as in ‘happiness’ – from a fulfilling life. So how are these concepts of happiness or fortune expressed in other countries?
In the Kingdom of Bhutan, happiness is laid down as the most important goal of the state. It is even captured in the constitution. The term they use for this in Bhutan, now famous internationally, is Gross National Happiness (GNH). It’s a lovely way of expressing the fact that quality of life is more all-encompassing than the usual measure – gross domestic product. The underlying idea is simple. If a government can’t make its people happy, then there’s no reason to have a government.
The King of Bhutan even stated this in the 1970s:
“Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestic Product.”
In some countries, grasshoppers are a symbol of friendship and home. In China they also believe grasshoppers offer harmony, and as in a number of other cultures they’re considered a symbol of good fortune. Fortune is reflected in the things that protect you.
This belief stems from the wakeful and attentive nature of grasshoppers. When they hear a noise, they stop chirping and make others aware of what they’ve heard. They’re like a good guard dog, except they’re not likely to bite anyone!
“The secret of happiness lies not in possession, but in giving. He who makes others happy, becomes happy.”
(Andre Gide, French author and Nobel Prize winner)