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What does it mean to be happy?


Happiness is very difficult to define and is different for every individual.

Some things that make other people happy might not make you happy. And some things that make you happy might not make other people happy.

When you are happy, you might feel content, pleased or really really excited. But happiness might also mean just NOT feeling worried or anxious and upset.

Being happy doesn’t always have to involve other people. Children and young people on the autism spectrum can find it difficult to form deep friendships, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be happy. Often it’s the little things that make us happiest – perhaps you have a DVD collection that excites you, or you might find an OCD loop that makes you feel happy.

Don’t worry about what other people think. Every day try to spend time doing the things that make YOU happy!