International Day of Happiness 2018 Featured in T&T Newsday
A FEW years ago, Ernie Ross was sitting in his office on Gray Street, St Clair, mulling over his legacy. “I was talking to one of my friends and I said, I wonder if I’m leaving behind enough for Lael-Ann,” he told Newsday, referring to his 17-year-old daughter. Quite flippantly, one of his employees chimed in, “It’s not what you leave for her, it’s what you leave with her.”
That was his “moment of epiphany” as he describes it: the moment his consciousness shifted from material goals and ambitions to a more altruistic ideal. Ross was going to spread happiness and kindness to everyone with whom he interacted.
With Lael-Ann, he started encouraging “random acts of kindness,” talking to strangers in airports, and giving them money and other presents, listening, sharing and leaving them with only one request: Pass that feeling of kindness on.
His special mission for his adopted homeland, Trinidad (Ross is originally from Guyana), is to create a “shift in consciousness and conscience.”