Sometimes you meet people who instantly make you feel happy and loved. Well… Titiana Rach is one of them. For ‘The Definition of Happiness’ we had the chance to talk to this warmhearted lady.
Titiana works as a pedagogical worker in the St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos) in Curaçao. She also was a Cliniclown and is the treasurer of Mucha pa Mucha, a foundation that tries to make the children’s ward at the Sehos hospital even more child friendly. To Titiana happiness is living a meaningful life. What makes her most happy is helping children.
“It started at a young age when I learnt from my parents that it is something nice to help others. But what really changed my view on life and happiness was an experience during my studies in the Netherlands. I was asked to travel to Romania to provide medical equipment. This experience had a great impact on me because I saw what it was like to be poor, really poor. It made me realize, for instance, that it’s easier to be poor in a country with a warm climate. In Romania I’ve seen things that were inhumane such as children wearing socks while it was snowing and freezing outside, hospitals without beds and operating rooms that smell like rotting flesh. Those are things you can’t imagine till you witness them with your own eyes. But even though people were very poor, all the doctors and nurses were very loving and grateful for everything we could provide them with.”
There are many poor families in Curaçao, but this doesn’t mean they are unhappy
We asked Titiana about the level of happiness in Curaçao. Titiana thinks that although there are many poor families in Curaçao, this doesn’t mean they are unhappy. What matters is if whether they set money and luxury as one of their life goals. If so, they may feel unsatisfied and unhappy, but if not it is possible to live a happy life. However, Titiana noticed that over the past years Curaçao has changed. More and more people are becoming more materialistic and focusing on luxury. People compare themselves with each other, making even the most happy people feel unsatisfied because they see their neighbors having more, newer and better things than they have. Titiana remarks: “There are almost no more basic playgrounds on the island”.
“Just do good”
Titiana’s happiness comes from doing good. And this is what she also tells others: “Just do good”. Everyone knows when he or she is doing the right thing and Titiana strongly believes that there isn’t a single person in this world who has a natural intention to do harm. People do harm because of their circumstances or mental issues.
By: Fleur Terpstra