Global Citizens 7 - Marisa Benson

A huge warm welcome to our seventh Global Citizen, Marisa Benson.

Marisa is 22 from Groton, Massachusetts but now resides in Keene, New Hampshire where she works as a Resident Assistant and Yoga Teacher.

Thank you Marisa for taking the time to share your thoughts with Global Citizens.



What makes you happy?

What makes me happy is slowing down and enjoying the small things…

…looking at the raindrops on a tree after it pours.

…my mother’s laugh.

…my father’s hugs.

…my sister’s goofy side.

…our dogs’ love for all human beings.

…my friends’ vulnerability.

…dancing in my room alone.

…painting with my emotions.

…taking sunlit naps.


Most of all my commitment to myself and the love that exists there because I value myself.

These things make me happy because life is about the little things and without them it wouldn’t be nearly as lovely.



What makes you sad?

Ignorance, egoism and greed make me sad.

People in pain make me sad

The state of the world makes me sad. It makes my heart hurt.

Thinking of the people I will never see again.

Death, loss, change.

All of these illuminate parts of life that remind me nothing lasts. That fact gives every joy a touch of sadness.



What makes your proud?

My Mom makes me proud because of her vast strength and love and even after such pain and grief she has never given up on herself.



What makes you wonder?

Nature makes me wonder, it makes me intrigued, excited, hopeful and grateful.

Nature is the most pure version of art – the beauty of something when it’s allowed to grow naturally.



What does it mean to be human?

Being human to me means having empathy, having emotions which you can and do recognise in others. It means to allow and encourage connections and relationship.

Humanity means respecting where someone is at and being a support system for them – a listening ear.

Being human means loving everything on this planet because no matter what or who you are, you are important and valuable.

What little things make you happy?

When was the last time you were a listening ear for someone?

How would you answer if you were asked?

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read Global Citizens.

Have a great day.

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