We asked some of our favorite folks what makes them happy and why?

Jacque Ryal | Artist, Musician & Songwriter

Freedom in my schedule. I use to work for others… went from one day job to another day job. Then 4 years ago I was let go and it was the biggest gift from the universe. I took the opportunity to make my own business so that I could focus more time on my music and building that business. I realized in the last 4 years having complete freedom in my schedule is what truly brings me happiness. Each day I can decide what my day will look like and it isn’t dictated by some company policy or boss. I mean don’t get me wrong, I of course have some days that I have to take a meeting I may not want to, but I can build my week and ensure I’m spending 60% of my time on what i love most. Read more>>

Lauren White | Actress, Producer & Animal Advocate

I would be remiss if I didn’t say my family, furkids and friends, but to break it down to a simple answer? Love and kindness make me happy. I can’t help but break into a smile when I see a stranger do something for or help another person. It brings me joy to see people being kind. Our world needs more kindness, compassion and empathy for each other, animals and the environment. I would love to live in a world where no one hurts anyone but especially animals – that would make me over-the-moon happy! Read more>>

Atta Tarki | CEO

Positive ripples. I try to think about the impact I’m having – in my personal life, my work and my volunteer activities – in terms of the ripples I’m putting into motion. Whenever I can notice that someone is continuing a positive ripple I was part of putting into motion, I feel tremendous joy.  Why? I think I realized this at my son’s daycare. They were having a community sing day and they sang a song called the Magic Penny. It’s one of the lines from that song that has stayed with me and I feel it’s completely accurate: “Love is something if you give it away, You end up having more.” Read more>>

Kfir Matalon | Founder

To have a meaningful purpose in life. Many who have achieved fame and fortune found that their “success” did not guarantee happiness. even if you attain your sought after goal or prestige, life can get suddenly disoriented and wearisome if it lack a noble purpose. I think on the words of king Solomon at Ecclesiastes, He accomplished so many wonderful projects but realized that without a meaningful purpose his life will be illustrate to someone that is chasing after the wind. I found out that the most meaningful purpose in life is to help others and the claim that “there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving” is completely true. Read more>>

Cat Curry-Williams

I thrive on meaningful conversations and community building. For me, happiness starts with my family & friends. My community. I am in my element of happiness when I am with a powerful community of people (especially women) who take a stand for themselves (and ourselves) and speak about changing the way the whole culture thinks about women. Happiness also comes from the feeling of joy I get when I see beautiful flowers, a view from the mountains, or standing at the shore of the beach. I feel full and satiated when I visualize our planet in harmony, I feel at one with the universe when I have a feeling of peace vibrating through me. This Is Happy. Brainstorming makes me soooo happy. Read more>>