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Friends, family or being outdoors are some of the things that make people happy. Watch the video to listen to people talk about what makes them happy and read on to learn some useful words.

For many of us, being with our family and close friends can make us happy.

"They’re people I choose to love and sometimes, they’re people I’m obliged to love but then I just do anyway."

If you are 'obliged' to love someone, it can mean that it is your duty to love that person. In this case 'obliged' is used as a verb. 'Obligation' is the noun form.

Note that the comparative and superlative forms of 'happy' are 'happier' and 'happiest'.

"I am happiest with my grandchildren. I’m most proud of them."

We can also make ourselves happy by looking 'inside yourself' or 'within yourself'. That means that you can just be happy with who you are. You don't need to do something or be with someone to make you happy.

"I look inside myself and just try to feel happy within myself."

You can also learn new things or participate in an activity to make yourself happy. Travelling, being outdoors and visiting specific places can also make people happy.

"Being outside makes me happy and being in new places so I'm pretty happy at the minute."

"I enjoy being in the city. I like the atmosphere. It makes me happy." 

You can also be happy when you are earning money or when you are doing a job that you really like doing.

"Money makes me happy because it gives me the freedom to do what I want."

'Dream come true' is an idiom. It's used when you want to talk about something you have wanted to do for a really long time and it has finally happened. For example, studying in another country.

"Coming to Australia was a big deal for me because it was a dream come true. I’m studying in Australia so that’s happiness for me right now."

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