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This one most likely did: I agree with @tenmiles that it's all about context. What makes people emotional are stories, and it's hard for a single frame to tell enough of a story. But it's possible.
I would recommend a couple of things Use smiling animals, try to avoid human looking dolls (just a personal opinion) Change the temperature of the shot to be more warm. Yellows and oranges are often associated with happiness. Try to avoid a lot of shadows in the shot that point toward the direction of the camera/viewer. e.g. better to have shadows from the ...
How about shooting from a low angle, perhaps almost under the swing? Imagine you were able to capture the moment from under the person as they leaped off the swing. Creative use of motion blur can imply movement, some direct lens flare implies a happy, sunny day, and the bottom of the doll can simulate the dark form of a person jumping off.
Create a nice and aesthetic environment which waits for the child who is just about to arrive. Don't try to capture happiness showing sometime after, without the kid. This should put a happiness in a very near future. You could use some welcoming signs as well. Use warm colors, bright lights, softer contrasts and lower picture temperature. You can also use ...
Consider the twitter stream Faces in Things, which imbues simple objects with emotional states simply by "seeing" eyes and a mouth in certain objects. No humans needed to convey a feeling.
I think lighting could be an important part to this equation. in general, high-key images are much more bright and happy than a "normal" exposure or something low-key (which would likely create a more negative mood).
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