What Makes You Happy?

A couple of weeks ago I spent an afternoon interviewing the folks of Birmingham along with a film crew and the lovely folks at Grand Central. I was on a mission to find out what makes the people of Birmingham happy.

I feel like I might have missed my calling! I absolutely LOVED interviewing people. It is so rewarding to try to tease out the answers and find out what people really think. All the while trying to make them feel relaxed and comfortable with a giant camera over my shoulder pointing right at them.

Interviewing people was a challenge at times, if they got stage fright or couldn’t think what to say, I found that I needed to ask questions in several different ways to tease the answers out of them. And by the end of the day I figured out a few ways to make them feel at ease.

Grand Central Feeling Happy

Grand Central Feeling Happy

The most satisfying part though was hearing all of the answers to my questions about what makes the people of Birmingham happy. As my newly adopted to home, it was great to listen to stories and feelings about this city. The responses were a great range of things, from food and going out, spending time with loved ones, shopping, travel and, of course, community.

Of course, this times in seamlessly with Grand Central as a destination in Birmingham. Not only is it home to a massive transport hub downstairs (hello New Street Station!) which regularly zooms me around the country on my various work assignments, but Grand Central is also a fab shopping and dining spot. I can often be found supping up plates upon plates of sushi, pho, tapas or shakshuka from one of the restaurants upstairs. Or I can be found wandering in and out of shops such as John Lewis, The White Company, Foyles, and Jo Malone.

It’s safe to say I do spend a lot of time at Grand Central!

Grand Central Feeling Happy

Grand Central Feeling Happy

What makes me happy? Am I allowed two things? They’re related, I promise.

For me, what makes me happy in life is being able to travel and explore the world around me, meeting new people, learning new things, and creating new memories from the experience. On the flipside, what makes me equally happy is the feeling of coming home and being somewhere familiar and relaxed.

Check out the video from the Grand Central shoot I did a couple of weeks ago HERE

I would love to know WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

And also, have you been to Grand Central? What’s your favourite thing to do there?


Pssst…..there is also a competition to win £500 to spend at Grand Central!

See how to win here —> #FeelingHappy


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8 Responses

  1. Beth Owen

    I would LOVE to travel and explore the world. I am thinking of starting to look into travelling the world with the kids – somehow! I hope one day we can.

  2. shelley

    I LOVE THIS POST – such a great idea and it’s so nice to see the different things that make people happy! For me, it’s definitely cats and shopping, haha! and some chocolate too xx

  3. Natasha

    This post reminds me a lot of humans of new york! Looks like fun!! X

  4. Viki Marden

    What a lovely post, I did a post about my 10 Reasons to be happy, it’s nice to look on the positive side for once x

  5. Jess

    What a lovely way to spend a day – I love hearing about what makes people happy! For me it’s spending time outside, keeping active, food, and friends and family 🙂


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