Recently, I saw an article somewhere online that listed Ireland as one of the happiest places on Earth. Over the summer I had the opportunity to go to Ireland, and although I only spent three days there, my opinion completely coincides with that of the article. Out of all of the countries I have been to (I’m up to 14), I made more friends and had more pleasant encounters in Ireland than I did in any other country, and I spent weeks or months in other countries. The people of Ireland are more social and outgoing than the people in a lot of places I have been. Everywhere I went I met new people that came up and introduced themselves and initiated a conversation, which is something I usually had to do if I wanted to meet people in other countries. It is more normalized in Irish culture to talk to complete strangers than it is in America. The social aspect of Irish culture is something that I think attributes to the country being named one of the happiest, because they always want to go out and meet new people instead of being at home, which is something I think America could use more of. On a night out, anytime I was on my phone an Irish person would come up to me and politely tell me to put it away and enjoy where I was and what I was doing at the current moment, which is something I learned to appreciate. It made me notice how little time the people of Ireland spend on their phones, and how much time they spend enjoying the presence of others, which is something that is sadly starting to become rare in the world. My experience also made me realize it’s not always where you are that matters, but who you’re surrounded by. Aside from all this, it was also one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The Cliffs of Moher are a must see. I left Ireland way happier than I was when I arrived. I already can’t wait to plan my next trip back.