Filipino Sense of Happiness and Optimism

In a survey conducted by US-based firm Gallup International in 2018, the Philippines emerged as the third happiest country in the world (behind Fiji and Colombia). Not only that, we are also naturally optimistic about our future.

We, Filipinos, are naturally a happy bunch despite the numerous personal, professional and societal problems that come our way daily.In a survey conducted by US-based firm Gallup International in 2018, the Philippines emerged as the third happiest country in the world (behind Fiji and Colombia). Not only that, we are also naturally optimistic about our future. Ina recent survey by local pollster Social Weather Stations, 93% of Filipinos said they will face the forthcoming year 2020 with renewed hope.

Filipinos love celebrations, festivities and occasions. From simple monthsaries of couples, 18th birthdays, weddings,showers of all sorts (bridal, baby), fiestas and even necrological services,Filipinos are known for throwing great parties. These events provide a venue for family members, relatives and friends to connect and reminisce good old times and ponder on future plans. Games also typically spice up a Filipino event, from the traditional Filipino games to new ones popularized by celebrities and trend-setters.

Filipinos also find food as a great source of delight and comfort. During the holiday and fiesta season, even health-conscious Filipinos throw away their diet out the window to feast on some good food and of course barrels of beer and alcohol. Recently, there has been a rapid expansion of eat-all-you-can Filipino, Korean and Spanish restaurants. The food business continues to grow and flourish in the country, particularly as known international food chains are rapidly establishing their presence in the country's major urban centers. Bars and drinking places are all over the place,even in the smallest roads and streets.

Furthermore, Filipinos are known to have a deep faith rooted in various religious practices. This optimism and happiness stems from a belief that prayers and rituals will help us get through life's most difficult situations and problems. On two separate Christmas occasions, Filipinos are known to believe in the promise of attending nine consecutive masses, also known as “Simbang Gabi” and various Lenten sacrifices during the Holy Week leading to the Easter celebration (also known as "Pasko ng Pagkabuhay").

Filipinos also love a good laugh. No wonder that the likes of Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto, Dolphy and Ai-Ai Delas Alas have rose to stardom, given their ability to provide fun and laughter to Filipinos across all sexual and cultural orientations. We don't even need to watch television as our own neighbors and family members are great sources of laughter too, with most having their own stories of fun to share and laugh about.

Everyday news and social media posts discuss many of our problems, frustrations and disappointments over personal, professional and national circumstances. As we close the year, our happy and optimistic nature as Filipinos should outweigh the negatives and should be our motivation and inspiration as we move forward.

This article reminds us that there is more to the problems and challenges that we face. Let us greet the new year with hope,laughter, happiness and optimism.

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Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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