The first time I went to Guatemala (on a MayaWorks tour, http://www.mayaworks.org/ ) the reality that most astounded me was the children. The kids were so bright-eyed and happy that they were nearly incandescent!
Why are kids in incredibly poor places often so incredibly happy; far happier it seems than our kids? Our kids too often look wary, or cloyingly precocious, or bored. I’m talking about our average American kids from reasonable families with no particular mental or physical challenges.