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Picture happiness. What do you see?

I came across this picture of an art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The exhibit is called “The Happy Show.” Through interactive installations, the show looks at several personal themes of happiness (what it is, how we get it, how we keep ourselves from feeling it).

So I thought, what if we modified that question a little and asked: What is your image of a happy woman? We talk about a lot of really important and very "heavy" subjects on the World Pulse platform. Topics such as gender-based violence and unfair treatment of women in the private and public spheres need to be approached with the thought-provoking and poignant testimonies that are shared on this platform. But, what if we - for a moment - imagined a world without any of these problems. A world where no woman was oppressed. What images does that bring to mind? Think of those happy and free moments in your life. What images come to you when you remember those moments?

Describe what your image of happy is. Or, share a picture or drawing or video. Get wild and creative! Delve into your most-inner happy.

(My image of happy: Atop Mount Sinai at sunrise, thinking: "nature's so amazing!")



My image of happy where no women were oppressed is the one I dream of. Women will truly smile, no woman will be near the road to sell things,women will be intellectual,etc. Look at women when they woke up in the morning, they are better than when they begin their daily activities. Every day,I thank God who create the night, because it's the better moment that he has gave us. Juvenile delinquents rest, we forgot our problems for a moment. Happiness is the most important thing we need to be in good health.
Thank you for your post, my sister!

THERESE( Maman Shujaa, Drc)

I love the last sentence in this message: "Happiness is the most important thing we need to be in good health." Happiness is indeed so important to our mental and physical well-beings.
I was curious to know more about the statement you made about having no women near the road selling things. Can you elaborate on that? What is it that women sell on the side of the road? What happens to them as they sell things on the side of the roads? Just curious to know more :)
Ta soeur francophone,

Nelly Bassily
"We must become the change we want to see in the world"
(Mahatma Gandhi)

ola.mahadi's picture

When i think of me and

When i think of me and happness i picture me being able to dance and feel no shame, me doing random things like spend a night out watching the stars in the desert.
Women will sure feel happy when they have their own space ability to enjoy their time and be in connection with their bodies.
Thank you for raising the question and for the nice post.
Stay well

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace

Sa7 ya Ola :) ...You put it so beautifully, having their "own space" and the "ability to enjoy their time and be in connection with their bodies" is indeed a crucial right that all women should feel they have.
I wish you many moments of shameless dancing and star-gazing in the desert :-) (How I wish I could be star-gazing with you :-) at that night desert sky!
Okhtek el masrya,

Nelly Bassily
"We must become the change we want to see in the world"
(Mahatma Gandhi)

Minakshi's picture

practice makes it perfect

Dear Nelly,
Happiness is very inner thing.My art of controlling and nourishing my mind from unhappy thing to happy thing is a challenge.unsettled and disturb mind will cause unhappiness wherever we go. So talking to myself, councelling my self and nourishing my mind with positive thought is the best practice to make us happy and peace ful. Practice makes it perfect.

This is a fabulous idea, I hope it makes it into your radio segment. I'm really looking forward to your show! We'll be here to support you!

As for your question, some of my most peaceful moments have been while relaxing (or napping) outside on a hammock, listening to music. And anytime I'm with animals, or taking care of animals, is a good moment. =]

rasheedat's picture

My image of happiness....

My greatest image of happiness lies in the future when i'm able to change females weary lives, when females would not be deprived, when all children have equal right to life, education, freedom etc...
When no woman would suffer......
Then, i would be the happiest, filled with tears of joy...
Image is watching the evaporation on a mountain to form orographic rainfall........ fall of peace...

Rashidat Olanike

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