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Lots of things make kids happy from being with friends to eating sweets.

And they love playing with toys.

Did you know?


According to a Gallup World Poll, Denmark is the happiest country in the world.

Language tip

A 'happy-go-lucky' person is someone who is cheerfully unconcerned about the future.

Cultural tip

Many people in Russia consider smiling at strangers in public to be unusual and even suspicious behaviour.

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    • 1. At 8:07pm on 22 Aug 2011, LeeAnne wrote:

      I think that children are happy when they go out to the park with their family because they can going to trampoline, playing on the swings, etc. In addition, they are really happy when they are invited to a birthday because they can share with their little friends playing, dancing, and eating chocolates.
      Another point, Christmas makes them so much happy. They just want to open their gifts to have the "expected gifts".

      In conclusion, there are several thing or facts that make children really happy even the most simple things can make a child lucky.

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    • 2. At 10:30pm on 22 Aug 2011, Yana wrote:

      My child was soooo happy when we were just sitting on the porch under the blanket imagining it was our little house, eating grape, and it was raining... i saw much happiness in his eyes. Memorable moment :)

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    • 3. At 01:04am on 23 Aug 2011, Remi wrote:

      My daughter laughed very much, when I had her watch Thomas and Friends. She looked saying, "This so funny, isn't it?", looking me up, who had sat behind her. She was so cute.

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    • 4. At 02:40am on 23 Aug 2011, Dianne wrote:

      Children are happy with a simple things, seeing a bird or butterfly, with a lot of candy, or with a big hug.

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    • 5. At 02:51am on 23 Aug 2011, hxl wrote:

      Among my neighbours, children are easy to keep happy only if you play with them. Don't critize them at times and make bad impression on them, that's ok.

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    • 6. At 05:29am on 23 Aug 2011, cuipapok wrote:

      i think the children like playing with colorful toys, discover anything around them. beside that, the children eat a lot of sweet...

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    • 7. At 08:50am on 23 Aug 2011, salih wrote:

      Children loves to play game with friends. Most of the time they have passes with that. It has lots of benefits for children such as brain development and intelligence quality. Playing game with friends is an important transition for children in their life time. The children who lived the enjoyable playing activities with friends in their life time is more likely to be successful and happy in the future. Also showing love is an important factor to be happy. Families need to show their love and grace towards their children. Also relationship with couples affects children's happiness both positively and negatively. Relationship between the couples need to be healthily and respectfully to each other and they have to prevent themselves to show violence. Communication is also a crucial factor. Every child wants that their voice have to be heard by their parents. They need to be understood by their parents. I think that these things are very important factors for children's happiness.

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    • 8. At 10:20am on 23 Aug 2011, tramdang wrote:

      There are many things can make children happy. In my opinions, the most important thing is living in a happy family with their parents. Their parents will take care of them, educate and bring them up. So the children could develop themselves comprehensibly.

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    • 9. At 10:20am on 23 Aug 2011, rachel wrote:

      i think purity makes children happy

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    • 10. At 10:32am on 23 Aug 2011, tigereye wrote:

      I think atmosphere make children happy and they always expect to your intention with them.they feel happy if no one criticize them.

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    • 11. At 10:56am on 23 Aug 2011, Angelina wrote:

      Children are happy, when they discover something new for them, when they learn something new. and of course they are happy, when they are surrounded by their parents.

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    • 12. At 11:19am on 23 Aug 2011, bao wrote:

      most of the children like playing games, and they will be happy if they have someone to play games with them

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    • 13. At 11:52am on 23 Aug 2011, fadihamam wrote:

      I think children are happiest the most when they are surrounded by love all the time, share their interests with other people/children around them. Having the opportunity, to express themselves the way they want, to get loose and just be the curious and cheerful children they are.

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    • 14. At 2:11pm on 23 Aug 2011, Elkagirl wrote:

      Live amongst lovely family, friends and society makes children getting their real lovely world. In the future, the world will only have happy generations.

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    • 15. At 6:27pm on 23 Aug 2011, alejandra wrote:

      Children are happy when they eat candies and sweets, when they can go out and enjoy the liberty of play the thing that they want

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    • 16. At 00:02am on 24 Aug 2011, mzzllek wrote:

      I think that children are happy when we carry interest about them.They enjoy when we offer happiness and smile to them like : taking them to the parc, offering to them toys gifts,remembering their birthday and organising a big party for them.......
      All the behaviours that prouve our interest about them affect them ,and consequently they will be in great spirits.

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    • 17. At 01:21am on 24 Aug 2011, DY Kim wrote:

      I think children feel happiness when they are playing with their lovely friends, kissing and hugging with people who they like. Most of all children are happpy when they are going vacation, beach, playground, something like that.

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    • 18. At 08:20am on 24 Aug 2011, VIOLET105 wrote:

      My daughter is so happy when falling in the rain. In rainy day, she is so hectic because he find her rain boots and unbrellar and she goes outside to jump in the rain like baby dog. She loves her hello kitty rain coat and unbrellar.

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    • 19. At 2:29pm on 24 Aug 2011, cloudiness wrote:

      Children are happy with playing with other kids, especially around the same age, or with dogs, patting them and talking to them and playing with them.

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    • 20. At 2:45pm on 24 Aug 2011, Kurtsupra wrote:

      well, children can be happy in every situation, just leave them free to do what they want. But be concious if they are doing not bad.

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    • 21. At 3:52pm on 24 Aug 2011, kyntire wrote:

      Children have got the invaluable capacity to find a world in the tiniest thing and to enjoy the very little things of life. They are perfectly capable of enjoying a moving cloud or a single drop of rain on a window glass. They have got a wonderful happy interior world. Unfortunately, it is often us that spoil their amazing world of fantasy and creativity with our world of material objects. We are perfectly well intentioned when we teach our kids to play with a toy, but probably the best thing to do would be to let them break it and see what there inside of it. Anyway, children feeling love, respect, joy and warmth around them are in all likelyhood happy children and future serene adults.

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    • 22. At 3:52pm on 24 Aug 2011, lazy bird wrote:

      i think that no worries for the future make children happy. children are not different from adults. adults, however, have so many thoughts for the future or something like their children's future, money, loan, job and etc. that makes adults unhappy. the children only think about the moment. it makes them happy. they think about the toy while playing with the toy and they enjoy with their friends while being with friends. i think that's why they are always happy except some moment. that's just my opinion. I want to be like children. no worry no stress.

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    • 23. At 4:42pm on 24 Aug 2011, Po-Ming Lin wrote:

      From my point of view, palying with the cute puppy can make the children happy and satisfied.

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    • 24. At 5:18pm on 24 Aug 2011, Paul wrote:

      I think children are happy when they feel love of people around them. They very happy to learn this world with their parents and frends.

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    • 25. At 6:28pm on 24 Aug 2011, Soler wrote:

      My daughter happy when she is with me, because we meet each other rarely. She loves also to celebrate her birthday and have many guests, then she's eyes are very bright from happiness.

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    • 26. At 8:28pm on 24 Aug 2011, andlo wrote:

      In my opinion, children are happy, because they haven't many problems as adults. I think, childhood is the best time of life. Many people remember some facts of the time when they were 9 or 14 years old.
      At present children like to play with electronic toys. I think, toys reflect the era of life.

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    • 27. At 9:33pm on 24 Aug 2011, marina_kaminska wrote:

      Children feel happy when they can do same things as adults

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    • 28. At 00:24am on 25 Aug 2011, ghazi wrote:

      I think that playing games is the most important thing for kids, because playing allow kids to build their knowledge about the world and also let them make their personality.
      When i was kid, i always loved the imaginary games and theater and also football.
      good by,

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    • 29. At 03:00am on 25 Aug 2011, eagle wrote:

      children are happy when they playing game, and when they eat candy

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    • 30. At 04:50am on 25 Aug 2011, Ubiratan wrote:

      In my opnion and in a global vision, I believe that children stay happy when they are playing with your parents and friends, but mainly when they have attention from loved parents, I think that this kind of behavior can be different from culture to culture too.

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    • 31. At 09:10am on 25 Aug 2011, sella wrote:

      In my opinion, children feel happy when they live together with their parents. Love from parents is the first thing that makes children feel happy. In addition, they also feel happy when they are given a present, are done anything they want by themselves. In fact, there are some thing that are very simple, but can bring happiness to children. A hug, a kiss, a compliment of their parents, relatives, neighbor... can make children feel happy. So, I think that the adult should take care of, concern, and listen their children so that they can know what children think, want and like. Remember!
      Children are gift of life.

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    • 32. At 11:39am on 25 Aug 2011, Vera_Kuzub wrote:

      I have a child. He is 9 month. My son is very happy when I hold and wear him on my hands. He likes when someone smile for him and parents play with him.

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    • 33. At 9:38pm on 25 Aug 2011, Juan wrote:

      Nowdays children are happy playing videogames and some of them are happy playing with others.
      I remember, when I was a child we were happy with basic games that we playing with other children like hide and seek, soccer and others so similar.

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    • 34. At 2:22pm on 26 Aug 2011, crystal wrote:

      My children feel happy most when they do what they want. For example, my daughter like reading books that are interesting. My son like making something and assembling robots and cars like Gundam. Above all they feel happy when they go to travel with family. They look happy when they do something with family. I think that making children happy is in their family.

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    • 35. At 4:15pm on 26 Aug 2011, Cesar wrote:

      I think what make the children happy are all kinds of out side plays. The old fashion plays as Hide and Seek are much more funny.

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    • 36. At 10:59pm on 26 Aug 2011, franima wrote:

      I have two children, a boy and a girl. They are 6 and 8 years old. Girl is the oldest and she likes watch Children's TV programms and play with dolls. The boy likes play with Playmobil toys. He has many of them of all kind of characters. Both of them like go to the cinema. All the family had gone to see a movie today called "Zookeeper". The tittle has been transated as "Zooloco" in spanish. It's a funny movie and children seemed very happy.

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    • 37. At 02:56am on 27 Aug 2011, castleontheriver wrote:

      I believe that integral familiar containment is the source of the happiness of the children. I talk about a containment that include besides of the basic things (security, foods, health), also the affection and the educative thing. Having this base, the children will be happy, playing in their house , in the park or in the school, seeing programs of television coherent with their ages, eating some sweet , celebrating Christmas.

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    • 38. At 05:33am on 27 Aug 2011, noelgmr1 wrote:

      There are many things that make children happy. Having caring and lovely parents, being around their friends, spending time with their pets, eating their favorite dish, traveling to new places, reaching their goals, becoming independent ,and getting taller and stronger.

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    • 39. At 06:54am on 27 Aug 2011, Helen Ko wrote:

      Children don't have many things to annoy, so they are easily satisfied with present mode. Children are happy when they are in love,eg. they spent time with their parents in the garden on weekends or looked after by their nannies. Children like playing their friends and build up their own community.They would be joy when they are doing things that are known as common interest.
      Furthermore, they enjoy having interesting things. They love the sensation of eating sweets. They enjoy watching tv or cartoons.
      What's more, they would like to act like the emperor or winner in their own little world,for instance,they like to defeat computer games. They like owning the power of ordering others to work for them. They hope all attentions are focused on them.

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    • 40. At 11:47am on 27 Aug 2011, khtntrankien88 wrote:

      children is nice and it's dificult to make them happy

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    • 41. At 1:11pm on 27 Aug 2011, Yulia wrote:

      I think children are happy when they have a full family (parents are not divorsed). And when their parents take care of them, bring them up and pay a lot of attention to their children.

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    • 42. At 1:31pm on 27 Aug 2011, aynur wrote:

      Of course childhood is the best period in our lives.Children don't have to solve problems and think about such things like "what will I wear?" etc. Almost everything can make them happy. For example, when I was a child raining and snowing made me happy. My little sister likes dogs and cats and she really enjoys spending time with them.

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    • 43. At 6:36pm on 27 Aug 2011, Lybee wrote:

      Children are happy when they have a nice family, some friends to play together with their. I think children don´t need a lot of things to be happy, they just are like this...If you give a sweet look, they return a smile!

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    • 44. At 06:27am on 28 Aug 2011, Helen Tang wrote:

      I think children are naive, a lot of things can make them happy, for example parents' spoil; watching cartoon; toys; candy; playing with their friends etc. Parents will plan everything for them, their most responsibility is study hard and not need to worry other things.

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    • 45. At 4:39pm on 28 Aug 2011, servet wrote:

      If you are a child in this world;it is enough to be happy.Your mum feeds you on delicious foods.Everybody compete each other to kiss you.You are free to demand all of things.Your naughtiness can be ignored many of people.However ice creams,toys,playpens and young girls captivate you all the time.

      Time,people,computers,games,toys,foods and others are pieces of a system that works everytime to make you happy.It is really enjoyable that you are a child.On the other hand it is really bad situation that you don''t remain a child.You are growing up,you must pass the exams,you must find a job,you must earn enough money to survive.You must give good education to your children.Responsibilities leave you under pressure if you became an adult.

      Being a child is a exellent feeling, a big happiness,magnificent beauty and endless freedoom.Being a child is the biggest happiness; if you don't feel yourself an adult.

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    • 46. At 9:44pm on 28 Aug 2011, sowork wrote:

      Firstly,I don't have children yet.But I can guess from my old days.I think children might be happy when they play in outside with friends or competing something with them like a race.In addition to it, they are happy just being with their parents.But I recognize children are a little crazy to play computer games lately.

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    • 47. At 02:47am on 29 Aug 2011, nguyennguyenphuong wrote:

      I think a child will happier when he plays with their parents. since he can be not only played but also taught many things about life in the best way. As a saying goes " No place like home" and to me, no teacher like parents, parents who live for a long time with their children will understand & love them most , so the time with parents makes children happy

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    • 48. At 11:11am on 29 Aug 2011, vuth22 wrote:

      Hi there, i think that the kid will be happy even more when their parents spend more time to play with them.

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    • 49. At 08:44am on 30 Aug 2011, Ajitha wrote:

      Most of the children are happy - When they receive chocolates, gifts , going out (to children places where they can play),going on a trip.

      I've also observed that some children feel happy if they were treated as big ones.

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