Bethany Ghana Celebrates International Day of Happiness with a Holistic Approach to Family Well-Being

Charles Wundengba

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Caleb is a 15-year-old boy from Ghana who has found happiness in dancing. Growing up in Ghana, Caleb has witnessed firsthand the hardships that many people in his community face. Poverty, unemployment, and lack of access to basic amenities are just a few of the challenges that he has seen. However, Caleb has not let these challenges deter him from pursuing his passions. For Caleb, dancing is more than just a hobby; it is a way of life. Whenever he hears music, his body starts moving to the rhythm, and he cannot help but dance. Dancing brings him joy and makes him feel alive. It is a way for him to express himself and forget about the problems around him. Bethany Ghana’s happiness video contest was the perfect opportunity for him to showcase his dancing skills and share what makes him happy with the world. As he recorded his video, Caleb's face lit up with happiness. He moved to the rhythm of the music, showcasing his smooth dance moves. For Caleb, recording the video was not just about winning the contest; it was a chance for him to inspire others. He knows that there are many young people in his community who are going through difficult times, and he wants them to know that there is hope. Ebenezer, 20 years old, also discovered that playing football is what makes him truly happy. Whether he's kicking a ball around with friends or playing on his own, his love for the sport has brought him immense joy. Growing up in Ghana, boys who love the sport often make makeshift goals out of old tires and spend hours kicking a ball around in the dirt. And Ebenezer’s love for football have not only brought him happiness but also a sense of purpose and belonging within his community.

Esther's Art: Finding Joy in Creativity

For 19 years old Esther, happiness is found in the art of drawing. Through her sketches and paintings, she is able to express herself creatively and explore the depths of her own imagination. As she stood to record a video for the video contest organized by Bethany Ghana, Esther couldn't help but smile as she thought about how drawing makes her feel. For Esther, drawing is more than just a hobby - it's a way to connect with her inner self. When she's sketching, she's in a state of flow, completely absorbed in the creative process. She finds that drawing helps her to relax and de-stress, and it brings her a sense of peace and fulfillment that she can't find anywhere else. Through her art, she has found a way to connect with herself and with others, and to bring joy into the world.

Eugene finds happiness in the simplicity of nature's bounty.

Eugene, a nature lover, finds joy in scouting for ready-to-eat fruits. For Eugene, nothing beats the feeling of sinking his teeth into a juicy piece of fruit picked fresh from the tree. Eugene has always been fascinated by the natural world and feels a deep connection to it. To him, nature is a source of wonder, inspiration, and happiness. He knows all the best spots in his vicinity where he can find the juiciest, sweetest, and the most succulent fruits. He takes his time, carefully examining each fruit, checking for ripeness, texture, and color. He savors the smells, the flavors, and the textures, enjoying every moment of the experience. For Eugene, the act of scouting for fruits is not just a means to an end. It is a ritual that he cherishes deeply. It is a way for him to connect with the natural world, to experience the beauty and wonder of the world around him. He feels a sense of peace and joy whenever he is out in nature, surrounded by the fruits and trees that he loves so much. As he recorded the video, Eugene felt a sense of freedom and liberation. He felt like he was expressing a part of himself that he had kept hidden for too long.

Happiness in Cooking

Grace is a young woman with a passion for cooking. She loves spending time in the kitchen, experimenting with different flavors and ingredients to create delicious dishes. Cooking is a source of joy and happiness for her. In her video, Grace showcases her cooking skills by preparing yellow rice with vegetables. She carefully selects the ingredients, chops the vegetables, and adds the perfect blend of spices to create a mouth-watering dish. As she cooks, her face lights up with joy and excitement, and it's clear that she's truly happy doing what she loves.

Nana finds his happiness in the rhythm of music!

Nana, a music enthusiast, has always found happiness in listening to music. It has been his escape from the stress and pressure of daily life. He believes that music is a powerful tool that can change your mood and help you relax. These are just a few examples of the incredible young people in Ghana who are discovering their passions and finding happiness in their lives. These young people are channeling their energy and creativity into activities that bring them joy and fulfillment.

But it's not just about finding happiness – it's also about building resilience and developing the skills and mindset necessary to overcome adversity and achieve their goals. That's where Bethany Ghana's Family Preservation and empowerment program comes in. By providing the support and resources that these young people need to thrive, the program is helping to create a brighter future for all. The program recognizes that every member of the family plays a critical role in achieving success and happiness, and we work closely with youth to create a holistic approach to family well-being. One of the most inspiring aspects of the program is the resilience and hard work of the young people themselves. Despite the challenges they face – whether it's poverty, lack of resources, or societal barriers – they are pushing forward with determination and a strong sense of purpose. They are using their talents and passions to create a better future for themselves and their families, and they are proving that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance. Bethany Ghana's program is a driving force behind this incredible spirit of resilience and determination. By providing the support and resources that these young people need to thrive, the program is empowering them to take control of their lives and achieve their dreams. At Bethany Ghana, we believe that happiness is not just a personal emotion, but a communal one that can bring people together and promote positive change. Through our video contest, we wanted to encourage others to reflect on their own happiness and celebrate the things that make life worth living.