Inspiring stories of everyday people by Alex Pawlowska

Strangers Talk About Happiness: New York

Strangers Talk About Happiness: New York

In 2016, when travelling in New York, I stopped a diverse handful of strangers on the streets of the city and asked them a few questions about happiness and equality.

What they told my were beautiful messages full of kindness.

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“Because when other people do well, everybody does well.” – Jessica, a 65-year-old artist from Manhattan.

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“Everybody is just the same to me. That’s what my mum taught me.” – Pamela, a 19-year-old model from Dominican Republic.

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“I would say my recipe for happiness is staying positive and realising that it could most likely always be worse” – Gareth, a 32-year-old hairdresser working in Williamsburg.

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“We are all human, we are all the same. Everybody deserves to be happy.” – Zhai from China, a 21-year-old who sells bubble tea.

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“We’re all very equal, we all are subject to one.” – Shimon, a 36-year-old who sells water on Brooklyn Bridge.

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“We are all put on this earth the same way, we leave the same way.” – Nicole, a 27-year-old nurse.

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