CNA Lifestyle’s Hidayah Salamat travels to New Zealand, where dramatic landscapes and “the Maori way” help her answer the existential question that has plagued many in the pandemic: What makes you happy?

Arethusa Pool – a lake on an island on a lake in South Island, New Zealand. (Photo: CNA/Hidayah Salamat)

I remember that day vividly. It was in the early months of the pandemic and my therapist had just asked me what seemed like a simple, innocuous question: “What makes you happy?” 

I’m hardly ever speechless, but we sat silently in that darkened room for several minutes as I racked my brain for an answer. 

Eventually, I burst into tears. 

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