1. What kinds of things do Chinese people do to be happy?
All sorts of things, really. And it would largely depend on their age. Generally, older people prefer some gentle activities that could improve their physical health, like playing Taichi, square dancing or taking short distance trips with their friends. Well, you know, when people are retired, they wouldn’t want to rush with their life anymore. However, for the young generation, computer games, shopping, going to concerts are like their everyday activities. Of course, there are also some people who would rather just stay indoors and enjoy the solitude and peace. It sorta also depends on a person’s personality, I’d say.
2. Do you think adults are likely to be happier than children?
Not necessarily. It’s true that adults have earned the freedom of making decisions for themselves. They don’t have to ask for permission from another person anymore. But they also have a lot to worry about. When you are a grown-up, people would expect you to take responsibilities for family, work and even social affairs. You have to sometimes force yourself to deal with people who you don’t even like! But for children, they don’t have all these burdens on them. They don’t worry about the bills or house mortgages. In their world, those beautiful fairy tales are real. So I’d say children are in fact happier than adults.
3. Is laughing beneficial to children, how about old people?
Laughing lifts up spirit for people of all ages. When people laugh, they usually are happy. And happiness is good for health, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter whether it’s children or adults or the aged group when they laugh, their worries are subsided. Nothing compares to a sanguine spirit! In fact, I think a lot of researches have found that the older people who laugh a lot are likely to live longer, and are less bothered by diseases. So yeah, laugh aloud and laugh more, I guess. Life is short, why be sad, right?
4. What do you do when you feel sad?
When I’m in a blue mood, I like to just turn on the TV. Whether it’s a comedy show or reality show, it can easily cheer me up and distract me from whatever was worrying me. If the TV doesn't help, I would call my friends. I don’t necessarily talk about what made me sad, but just chatting away with someone who knows me well could make me feel much relieved and happier. Though there were times when I was struck by serious misfortunes, I went traveling for months to heal myself.
5. Why do children like to laugh?
I guess it’s in their nature. Children don’t have many wants like adults do; they are like cheerful little angels. You can make a child happy for a day just with a candy. They are easily satisfied. But it certainly won’t work with adults. So basically, I think the children are delighted because they haven’t developed many desires. And how do they show that they are feeling happy? Well, a child doesn't wear pretending faces. When they are happy, they laugh to show it! I suppose that’s why we often see laughing or smiling children.