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Happy . . . The Movie November 4, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Happiness, Meditation.

Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest places in the world.  Why?  Community.

The island of Okinawa Japan produces more happy and healthy 100-year-olds per capita than anywhere else on Earth. Citizens in other areas of Japan are working themselves to death and keeling over at their desks.  Literally.  One difference . . . a spirit of cooperation rather than the stress of economic competition. 

Studies show that cooperation, not competition, produces happiness. 

Intrinsic self-worth, not extrinsic status, produces happiness.

Happy, a documentary filmed by award-winning director Roko  Belic, takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Combining real-life stories and scientific interviews, the film explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

For more:  Watch Happy or visit the website, The Happy Movie

Can’t wait?  Want a few ideas to make yourself Happy right NOW? 

* Meditate on thoughts of loving compassion 

* Perform random acts of kindness

* Exercise . . . in a gorilla suit

* Get into the flow by painting, playing music, dancing, surfing, etc.

* Develop an attitude of gratitude 

Changing our daily habits changes our brain’s neurotransmitters in positive ways . . . firing up more  dopamine and producing, you guessed it, more happiness.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  He who laughs, lasts. ~ Mary Pettibone Poole