At the Jardin Botanico in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, it is lunch time.

On the menu is one part indigenous people, one part Europeans, one part Hispanics, one part black Africans. Combine the European, African, Caribbean and Dominican recipe and you have a spicy melody served up with lots of spirit and joy.

The motto here is ” Don’t worry – Be Happy. ”

Most who live here try to live up to this motto.

Whether being happy is a genetic accident or learned behavior is a question learned psychologists are still trying to sort out.

I kept repeating the motto over and over, and, it makes me feel better already.




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