Happy

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I recently watched a documentary called Happy.

It was produced by Tom Shadyac, who also produced the movie I Am.

Here are a few highlights from Happy.

  • As a nation we are twice as wealthy as we were 50 years ago, yet happiness levels have remained the same.
  • Intrinsic goals such as personal growth, relationships, and a desire to help provide greater happiness than do pursuing extrinsic goals such as money, image, and status.
  • In fact, those who achieve extrinsic goals are less satisfied and have higher levels of depression.
  • In their quest for economic success, the Japanese are literally working themselves to death, so much they’ve given it a name: Karoshi.
  • The country of Bhutan is pursuing Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product as a measure of success.
  • Money and things provide fleeting pleasure but not contentment.
  • The things that truly make us happy are play, new experiences, friends, appreciating what we have, and doing something meaningful.

This documentary cites many of the books I consulted and cite in my book, Breaking the Spell. It’s an important movie and I highly recommend you take the time to watch it.

 

 

About Debbie

After spending 32 years in marketing, Debbie now spends her time blogging, teaching online courses, doing volunteer pet therapy, and encouraging others to follow a more inspired path through life.

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