Ámbar is 11 years old. She lives in Puerto Rico, a combination of islands located in the Caribbean Sea. Ámbar lives in Cabo Rojo, on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico.
She sent me an amazing letter in Spanish about what happiness is to her. And she also drew a wonderful picture of three girls and birds up in the clouds.
In English, Ámbar’s letter says:
Happiness is a feeling, you cannot be sad when you have happiness because when you are sad, happiness leaves. When you mix laughter, enthusiasm and good company you receive happiness.
There are other things that make you happy, like your birthday, Christmas, Easter, Saint Valentine’s Day and Halloween. You can also describe happiness as “you best day ever”.
Nevertheless, sometimes happiness burns in fights, wars and screams. There are words of hatred, politicians mistreat people and people become scared. There is no serenity, there is no love, there is no solidarity.
But when you think a little bit positive, the wars, the screams and the hatred disappear.
Think of flowers, butterflies, the rainbow, the sun shining high in the sky surrounded by soft and wavy clouds.
Think of your friends and make friends to share with. This is how the balloon of happiness of your life fills.
Hola Ámbar, muchísimas gracias por tu carta! Thank you so much for your letter, Ámbar! Your letter really impressed and moved me. You’re right, laughter, enthusiasm and good company is a great mixture for happiness. I also thought about the things you describe that burn happiness. It’s a gift to face these things with positive thoughts. And when I look at the picture you drew, I can imagine the soft and wavy clouds and the sunshine you think of. I wish for you and every child in the world that you will always find love, serenity and solidarity, Ámbar. And I hope that the balloon of happiness in your life is filled with all your beautiful thoughts and with beautiful experiences, too. Sending you a big hug! Abrazo, Karina.