26/05/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
“Happiness” may well be under-appreciated, maybe overused and maybe very misunderstood, but one Icelander (is that the right word?!) has embarked on a global quest to see what happiness looks like in every language!
Catherine Young (from the land of the erupting volcanoes) facilitates the Draw Happy blog site. She has thrown out the sticky question “what makes you happy?” and is asking folks to send back their anwers – from anywhere in the world – in the form of a drawing. In Catherine’s own words:
Drawing is one of the earliest skills we learn; its basic elements are comprehensible to people of all ages, cultures and nations. I reasoned that if people knew that they were happy, they should be able to identify the source and moreover, visually embody this joy.
I, too, am chasing that ability to paint intangibles such as happiness. It is certainly interesting to see how people have visually interpreted the word, and what it means to them.
I also noticed that there are – currently – no uploads from New Zealand. Come on Kiwis…we are a fairly happy bunch, aren’t we? Let’s get drawing!