We asked some of the happiest folks we know to tell us their secret.

Carla Allen | Actor

Being around supportive and positive people having a good time, it makes me feel comfortable and gives me a sense of warmth. Being around positive people radiates nothing but good energy. Read more>>

Matt Snyder | Multidisciplinary Artist & Digital Archivist

Creating in any discipline within the arts. I suffer from anxiety and depression, when I create pictures, songs or stories it becomes a therapeutic process of sorts. Read more>>

Sean Niu | Writer, Photographer, Podcaster

I’m very wary of using happiness as a guiding principle for navigating my life, because it can be difficult to differentiate between short-term happiness and long-term fulfillment. However, I do think about the latter a lot. That’s probably why I’ve switched careers twice already, because I’m still trying to find a lifestyle that I’m comfortable with and that makes me feel fulfilled. Right now, I can say that creative expression gives me the most personal fulfillment. Over the last year, I’ve spent most of my time exploring which mediums resonate the most with me. It’s been a lot of trial and error, but I’d say right now photography and writing give me the most joy. Read more>>

Rhonda Mancini | Resin & Digital Artist

I have lots of pockets of joy I can pull from but a lot of them weren’t available over the past year. I couldn’t go to concerts, spend time with my family, go out with friends, or travel. I had to make my own happiness and I found that in art. When I create something I’m proud of, I’m happy every time I see it because it reminds me of the creativity that I put into it. I love making gifts for friends. The more personalized it is the better. Especially if it is something functional that they can use to make their day easier, brighter, or a tiny bit more sparkly. I like to imagine that every time they see something I’ve made for them, they think of me and that makes me happy!. Read more>>