The Raw Happiness Project


We truly believe that happiness can be found in the small things in life and does not need to cost anything. All around us, we see people and society caught up in a competitive rat race for ‘more’ and ‘better’ to pursue happiness. There are people around the world in far more challenging conditions that seem to find joy and happiness in the smallest things and simplest ways. We can learn a lot from them.

Travel Stories: raw happiness is a photographic expedition in search of happiness in its purest form. Photographer and adventurer Daniel de Leau (Travel Stories) will explore different continents, ethnical backgrounds and religions in the world’s most challenging places to meet locals and witness the origin of their happiness.


We need your help!

To make this project a success, we need your help! We would like to hear your ideas about off-the-grid hidden gems, or absolute places to visit in your hometown. Do you know intriguing and inspiring people with stories about their personal happiness? Do you have a special personal story that you like to share with us? Drop us an email and we will get back to you!


What is happiness for you?


The happiness of learning for a brighter future (South Africa)

 The happiness of getting lost in the wild (Adirondacks, USA)

The happiness of discovering new things (Indonesia)

The happiness of being alone (Thailand)

The happiness making friends (South Africa)

The happiness of watching the sun rise (Brazil)

The happiness of witnessing natural beauty (Norway)

The happiness of watching your favourite team win (Portugal)

The happiness of a morning coffee above 3000 meter (Indonesia)

The happiness of arriving at your destination (Switzerland)

The happiness of getting what you want (Indonesia)