YouTube vlogger Oli White lent a hand (and video camera) to help launch Coca-Cola’s Choose Happiness campaign, so we took a moment to get to know him better, and find out what makes him happy.
What does happiness mean to you?
Always looking positive, and surrounding yourself with people that make you happy and smile, and that have an impact on your life and make you change and feel good about yourself.
Where’s your happy place?
I’ve just moved to London, so at the moment it’s my flat. I haven’t really been there much this week, as I’ve been so busy, but it’s definitely my happy place. I’ve tried to make it a really creative environment, and somewhere I can invite friends over so even when we’re not hanging out they can work there. It’s a really bright space so it has an instant impact on how you feel.
What’s your happiest childhood memory?
When I was younger I used to love having my friends over, it was one of the most fun experiences. I was a massive WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) fan, and I’d always pretend wrestle with my friends - we’d even claim belts. I used to host this thing called ‘Oli White’s Summer Slam’, and I had an agenda of who was playing who too.
What’s your happy soundtrack?
At the moment I find myself waking up to Ayo by Chris Brown and Tyga, and for some reason it makes me so happy. The song makes me feel really uplifted and motivated for the whole day.
What film makes you happy?
I’m a massive fan of comedy and action films, and Jason Statham in The Transporter. I love those films so much, they put a smile on my face.
Surrounding myself with other people that make me laugh, and who make me happy, like Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee. They’re a massive part of my life now, from making videos and the business side to just having fun. Most people associate YouTubers as business partners, but we have so much fun and such a laugh, and we get on so well. It’s quite unusual because you don’t usually find a strong connection in the world of YouTube, because everyone’s always too busy, so normally that’s not a lot of time to hang out together. But now that I’ve moved to London, and I live five minutes down the road from them, I can visit them when I want. And working together and seeing them succeed is one of the happiest things to me.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing is that I can do what I want, and no-one can tell me different. It’s still crazy when I think about where I am now, and how my life has changed so drastically. What makes me the happiest is being able to support myself, and my parents not having to pay for me anymore, like my food and rent. At the age of 20 I can happily pay for things myself and offer them money, which is one of the most incredible experiences.
What’s your happiest day of the week?
I have a lot of happy days at the moment! It’s a very busy period of my life, and this month there’s been a meeting or filming almost every single day. Even just that makes me so happy. If I ever have a quiet period then I’m thinking “right, I need to do something”. I enjoy having free time and playing on my console for a bit, but I need to be doing something.
Which make you happier: cats or dogs?
I would say dogs because I have one and she’s the most amazing dog ever. I miss her so much now that I’ve moved to London. I’d love to bring her here. We have one dog called Georgie who’s very old, and a little puppy called Millie who’s got so much energy. She’s a ball of fun! I never thought dogs could have memories and personalities, but when I come back from being away, even if it’s a day, she’ll run up to me and start barking and jumping.
Who is the happiest person you know?
That’s a difficult question! I would say I try and be as happy as possible, and if I ever see other people down I try and put a smile on their face. I wouldn’t say I’m the happiest person I know, but if I see someone having a hard time I’ll do something funny or stupid to bring up their energy levels. My job revolves around entertaining people, and making them happy, so I’d like to think I do the same for my friends as well.
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