“Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.”

Wow, well that’s a mouthful! What does ‘happiness’ mean to you? And what makes you happy?

When I think about what makes me happy, two little cheeky monkeys pop into my head – Riley and Summer, the two little terrors I created! It’s the priceless moments that make me smile and fill my heart with such an unexplainable joy. The tickling and cuddling on the living room floor as a trio, the ‘I love you’s' from my daughter, the solid eye contact from my four year-old severely autistic son, and sitting together on the sofa relaxing.

Riley turned four on 28 March (ironically during Autism Awareness week). He has only recently started to acknowledge his little sister Summer. He will walk up to her randomly with his arms out and cuddle or squeeze her, showing her he loves her really. It is visually the most heart-warming sight for me. When I first received Riley’s diagnosis I believed that he’d never be able to show any signs of affection.

Riley makes my heart melt, every time he raises his arms up to be picked up, every time he holds his arms tightly around my neck and his legs around my waist, every time I get into bed with him and he snuggles up close to me. Every time he looks deep into my eyes and holds that eye contact for longer than a few seconds. The random laughter bursts and endless cheeky smiles. They’re just some of the precious and priceless memories that fill me with such happiness each day.

I believe that I didn’t know the meaning of true happiness until I brought my children into this world.

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