“Happiness”, by the 11 year-old Stevie Kane

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The following is an essay I wrote when I was 11 years old, unearthed this past week in the crevices of my childhood bedroom. I do not distinctly remember writing this, but the message herewith is so core to the principles of SGE, I felt compelled to share on my blog, fourteen years later. 


Does anything in the world make you happy? Just seeing your favorite football team win or seeing a young boy help an old lady walk across the street can make you happy. A sound, an animal and a certain person make me happy. Let me tell you about the three most important things that make me happy.


Whenever I hear nice music, it makes me feel happy inside. Firstly, music makes me happy because when I listen to it, the soft notes calm me down. A gentle song makes me feel warm and comfortable. Also, music is so peaceful. When I hear the notes, I feel cozy and safe under my skin. Finally, the notes make me feel free. I feel that no crimes or robberies can happen and the world will be full of birds chirping and the wind swishing. Chirp, Chirp, Swish, Chirp, Chirp, Swish.


In addition, my marvelous dog Bradley makes me happy. If he listens to one simple command, I feel proud that he’s my dog. Also, when Bradley rolls around on his back as if he has an itch and can’t reach, I feel so happy. I just want to give him a big hug to show how much I love him. Lastly, if I look at him and he looks back at me I automatically smile, with my heart jumping for joy.


My friend Ross also makes me happy. When I ran for treasurer, he made flyers and posters for me. After I gave my speech, he gave me a pat on the back. Secondly, he always gives me good advice. For example, he told me to stay calm and don’t panic on the ELA exam and that comforts me. In conclusion, whenever he tells a joke, I fall to the ground laughing.


Being happy is the most important feeling you can have. If I’m not happy, I won’t be successful in my life. A song, a dog and a friend make me proud, peaceful, relaxed and most of all, happy.



Peace, Love and TBT,