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The Gypsy camp – Happiest Place on Earth


 The Gypsies have a saying, a non-gypsy can live happily inside the Gypsy commune 
("tzigania" in the vernacular)
but a Gypsy can never last outside its borders. When “Kaliu” Gheorghe, lead violinist of the famed Gypsy band Taraf de Haidouks, who moments earlier had compared his stay at Johnny Depp’s Beverly Hills’ mansion to his Gypsy community as Heaven and Hell, when asked to name his favorite place in the world unflinchingly answered “tzigania - tzigania is where my heart is”

     Only within the past ten years has the scientific world begun gauging people’s happiness and then listing the happiest places on down. Ironically, the richest countries aren’t always the ‘happiest” like the recurring winner Denmark, the simultaneous world's highest income rate. They surveyed nations, states, even towns; no one seemed to have been left out of the new “be happy” craze - except the regularly overlooked Gypsy communities. If they surveyed the Gypsies then the world might have been shocked to learn that the run-down tziganias of the world are also the happiest places on earth.

     According to Amnesty international the Gypsy people are Europe’s poorest and most reviled ethnicity: highly discriminated, unemployed, impoverished, least educated, ill of health – and yet this lingering overcast doesn’t seem to destroy their good humor. They themselves know it - and sing it loud and clear in the opening stanza of the Romani national anthem “gelem gelem”




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“It’s all about how you look at things,” says Joska Punka through his thick pair of carpe diem glasses. The families living in Mr. Punka’s Transylvanian Gypsy community manage on less than $6 a day.

Gypsy Fun

Carpe Diem - enjoying the pleasures of the moment

     ”The importance of the present moment enables the Gypsy to forget, to avoid anticipating, and to leave behind difficulties created by others by distancing himself from them,” writes Jean-Pierre Liegeois in his book The Gypsies. “This attitude between time and space has enabled Gypsies and Travelers to survive, immersed and scattered among hostile populations, developing elements of a culture all their own.”

barefoot st franceis

St. Francis of Assisi like a Gypsy

   In the early 13th century - just about the time the Gypsies were wandering into Europe - St. Francis was denouncing all worldly goods and beginning his life as a barefoot, pauper-monk. ...

Happy Gypsies




       In the 16th century as Sir Thomas More was penning his famous book Utopia,  the Gypsies were still holding on to a nomadic lifestyle kept in motion by their expulsion from villages and towns. More’s Utopia was a fictional account of a harmonious Native-American society based on social equality and the sharing of goods that mirrors the Gypsies’ “shirt off my back” mentality. The book would go on to influence the models of Socialism, Marxism and subsequently Communism.  It isn’t only material goods that Gypsies believe are meant to be shared yet also God’s green earth and all that comes out of it. This tradition of the Gypsies sometimes clashes with the imbedded European custom of ownership, and to this day is still sometimes getting the Gypsies in trouble. 



Happy Gypsies 2

laughter is the best medicine


    Western society regularly heralds its progress towards better living through the sciences like this recent headline “HUMAN HEAD TRANSPLANTS NOW POSSIBLE”. We hear it all the time in advertisement promoting healthier living through pills, new gadgets, one-stop shopping or new ways of getting us further faster, etc., meanwhile anxiety disorders in these places of “better living” are on the rise affecting as much as one in five of the US population. That number drastically cascades to roughly “zero” in tzigania where a simple, peaceful lifestyle based on the principle of “making the best of the little you have” and being the person that you are without shame has succeeded in forging a perhaps financially poor yet mentally stable community.



              “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy”


     A visit to the local pharmacy reveals a full aisle of nutriment supplements advertising everything from fighting cancer, strengthening bones, thickening hair, increasing energy and many other claims with the sometimes added promotional value “recommended by 9 out of 10 doctors” making it seem almost detrimental to not quickly purchase and swallow. Vitamin sales are way up, as well as the expanding vitamin aisle. The Gypsies, however, don’t take vitamins; they’re either too foolish to not give in to the convincing “9 out of 10” claim or just too poor to purchase what comes naturally; they prefer the good way they feel being outdoors and soaking up plenty of “free”, vitamin D coming through sunlight (unless you are one of those who prescribe to the cancer-fighting claims of sun block). Vitamin D, dubbed “the feel good vitamin”, has been attributed to not only raising vitality but at the same time disposing of feelings of depression, strengthening bones, boosting the immune system, while also draining excess fat and keeping down blood pressure.

Vitamin D


By Chuck Todaro