Why is it that many old people in western societies look all but happy? Has it to do with separation and loneliness? Is it the price to pay for what they call progress? Has it to do with the individualistic imperative?

With all these unanswered questions in mind have a look at these quite representative shots by Luci. She loves to travel in South East Asia and engage with local communities.

From the desert of Rajasthan in India to the remote islands of Mentawai, Sumba and Bali in Indonesia she has met many old people who are actively participating in their village life, surrounded by loving families… and they definitely can unravel the secret of being happy at an old age.

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Happiness is surrounding herself with the creations she sees in her dreams. She is never alone.

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Happiness is making music together while pounding the rice.

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Happiness is dancing with a sexy dancer.

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Happiness is feeling beautiful with filed teeth.

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Happiness is sharing a smile with the last great-granddaughter.

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Happiness is a pouch full of tobacco and a communal meal.

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Happiness is being able to still laugh together.

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Happiness is being surrounded by a loving family and get to be 90 without needing spectacles.

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Happiness is selling all the fruit and take some money home to the grandchildren.

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Happiness is feeling free like a bird even in the kitchen.

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Happiness is soothing the tears of a grandchild.

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Happiness is feeling at peace with the universe.

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