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We in­vite read­ers to share thoughts, anec­dotes, views or sto­ries on a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject. Last week we asked: What made you happy in the last week? Here are your replies.

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The one thing that made me happy this week was meet­ing my best friends. The three of us have been to­gether for the past 13 years. We met when we were in 11th grade. We try to meet when­ever we can. Each time we meet it’s like noth­ing has changed be­tween us. Be­ing with them helps me to re­coup my en­ergy. Ev­ery mo­ment spent with them is close to my heart and will al­ways be cher­ished. I feel so blessed to have them in my life. Geethu Mad­husu­dan This whole week the words ‘happy’ and ‘hap­pi­ness’ have been pop­ping up in my mind like thought bub­bles in a comic book. While I drove, I caught sight of a sign­board that seemed brighter than the oth­ers. It read ‘Hap­pi­ness Street’. I soon found my­self telling my boys that I would like to name our pet dog Happy when we get her. One thing that made me happy was crawl­ing out of bed on a rainy Fri­day morn­ing while the house was still quiet. I walked into the kitchen and spent a while gaz­ing out at the rain-washed sun and cloudy sky while the smell of tea brew­ing in­vig­o­rated me. The fa­mil­iar view brought back pic­turesque memories of home. That was enough to put a smile on my face. Nithya Sriku­mar

My great­est fear, my maths board exam, took place this week. I am so happy be­cause I don’t like maths and I will have noth­ing to do with maths and solv­ing arith­metic prob­lems any­more. Ver­noica Jill

My finest mo­ment this week is the fact that grandma flew all the way from In­dia to meet us. We went to the desert, the beach and climbed a moun­tain. We see her once a year, but this time was the most breath­tak­ing mo­ment of my life. Mo­ham­mad Jawad

Hap­pi­ness is when you are go­ing to your home­town for va­ca­tion. It is dou­bly so when your best friend is com­ing to meet you from far away. This news made me more than happy this week. Sumeet

I am a big Lego en­thu­si­ast and I pos­sess al­most all Lego sets. And just re­cently, I bought one of the most enor­mous Lego sets and felt ec­static. The rea­son for my un­bound joy is that a Lego set or any other con­struc­tion play set gives me a great chal­lenge and I thor­oughly en­joy en­gag­ing my brain in such activities. I strongly be­lieve that one should al­ways play a game that chal­lenges a per­son’s mind and gives them a new vi­sion. It is not just fun but pro­duc­tive. Rau­nak Ragha­van

It’s fi­nally the end-of-term break! Af­ter weeks of ex­ams, course­work and plenty of home­work, stu­dents fi­nally have a rest, which is equally im­por­tant as work, some­thing many peo­ple for­get. Anishka Ravi

I de­cided to give up my cur­rent job and dis­cussed the way for­ward with my fam­ily, close rel­a­tives and friends. One of my dis­tant rel­a­tives of­fered me a po­ten­tial job. He of­fered me an ex­tra villa he owns to re­lo­cate im­me­di­ately. His grat­i­tude gave me lot of hap­pi­ness. Nawab Sar­fraz

This week was prob­a­bly the hap­pi­est week of my life. Each day there was some­thing ex­cit­ing to re­live in my mind. The results of the Shar­jah Award for Ex­cel­lence in Education dropped on Mon­day and with my heart thud­ding, I opened them up and dis­cov­ered I was the only 7th grader from Dubai to win! That was the same day that I got a set of per­fect As in my re­port card. That same day, my par­ents gave me a new phone. Thurs­day wit­nessed my par­ents’ 14th wed­ding an­niver­sary. With mag­nif­i­cent cel­e­bra­tions, a won­drous home-made cake

What made me happy this week was fi­nally un­der­stand­ing how the right food can ac­tu­ally be­gin to heal your body. That was topped by the lat­est Fri­day ar­ti­cle on choos­ing how to eat bet­ter. Priya Mal­ho­tra

My sweet daugh­ter Rhea made me very happy this week. She not only bril­liantly per­formed in mu­sic on stage dur­ing her school mu­si­cal but was also cleared and awarded for IBT tests, which she at­tempted for the first time. I’m proud of my sweet­heart. Sia Sainani

I won Dubai World Cup tick­ets. Yipeee... The hap­pi­est mo­ment in my life. Thank you, Fri­day mag­a­zine. Ko­mal Pan­jwani

(cour­tesy of my mum), a per­fect night out at Desi Dhaba (at Dubai Grand Ho­tel) sur­rounded by live singing, the beats of the Bhangra dance and of course, the fan­tas­tic food, and the glaze on the dough­nut be­ing my ap­pear­ing in the Malay­ala Manorama news­pa­per, it was a won­der­ful day. And last but not least, on Fri­day, I held the lat­est edi­tion of Fri­day mag­a­zine (the epit­ome of hap­pi­ness!) ready to set­tle down into a re­lax­ing read. Could life be any more per­fect?! Malavika Ra­jesh

This week I had both hap­pi­ness and a bonus added to it. Our 17th wed­ding an­niver­sary was on Thurs­day; need­less to say I was very happy for be­ing blessed with a won­der­ful hus­band – who is also my best friend. He took me out to din­ner. The bonus hap­pi­ness was the huge neck­lace he had bought and sur­prised me with to mark our spe­cial day. Sri­ran­jani Girish

I am pas­sion­ate about learn­ing new things. What thrilled me this week was join­ing a brush pen cal­lig­ra­phy work­shop – an ex­pres­sion of one’s cre­ative­ness. I learned lessons from our trainer about fo­cus­ing on our jour­ney and prac­tis­ing to hone our craft. Ar­mie Marie Bausas

On March 24 I went for an overnight camp with my friends, and it def­i­nitely made me happy, even though it’s kind of hard to ex­plain. Firstly, it was rain­ing like a gi­ant had just fin­ished his bath and was pour­ing the wa­ter on us. We couldn’t do much, but some­how I en­joyed talk­ing to my friends in the cabin more than I would have the

activities. Se­condly, the food was mush, but we all en­joyed com­plain­ing about it to­gether! Fi­nally, we stayed up all night (well not all night) and pre­tended to be asleep when one of the teach­ers came to check on us. So ba­si­cally, I hated the trip, but it was the best fun I ever had. Ca­dence Goveas

Try­ing to live by Nadiya Hus­sain’s motto of wel­com­ing fear, I reg­is­tered for a speech com­pe­ti­tion. With the spot­lights blar­ing, I al­most froze. Then heard my friends in the au­di­ence cheer­ing their lungs out for me. Even though I didn’t bring a tro­phy home, I have won friends to keep. Aalia Ahamed

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