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.