“Rumor has it that citizens of the United States experience a higher percentage of stress compared to the rest of the world. With all the materialistic goods, does it bring true happiness and fun? I have come to a greater realization that money DOES NOT bring true or all happiness. In Ecuador, they believe in close family and friendships. They value the company of each other and everywhere we went the locals waved, said hello, and gave us hugs! It didn’t matter the situation, the Ecuadorians were always smiling and laughing. We take many things for granted. Simple things, like warm and clean water. Many Ecuadorians live without any form of luxury and yet they still lead happier and more content lives. This was very powerful to witness!”