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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


1. aawwa - November 4, 2012

I live in a Lifestyle Village for over 55’s (population about 300) I have been here for over two years. I am getting a little bit involved in the “community” and finding it to be an interesting experience. There are a lot of positives to being in a community and it also takes a degree of tolerance and live and let live 🙂

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

The film ends with true wisdom . . . there is no universal formula for happiness. Some people thrive in communal settings, others would do better with a bit more solitude.

The key is to use intrinsic happiness as a barometer, rather than listening to all the extrinsic dogma that proclaims that happiness is found in material success and external accolades.

aawwa - November 4, 2012

Sounds like a good movie. I will have to watch out for it 🙂

2. Tom (Aquatom1968) - November 4, 2012

That sounds like a good movie, Nancy, which I’ll have to take a look at.
I’m having internet gremlin problems at the moment, so I’ll have to come back to check!

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

It’s a terrific movie, Tom. I watched it twice ~ back to back. The film bounces back and forth between anecdotal evidence of “what works” and scientific evidence explaining the why.

3. the seeker57 - November 4, 2012

Seratonin as well will make someone happy. I will definitely be in a “habit” of reading your blog. It’s very uplifting.

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Thanks, seeker57. The more I learn about the art of happiness, the more I want to share insights into how we can increase the Net Happiness of the world.

4. Carl D'Agostino - November 4, 2012

Hey I see my cartoon there. Thanks for shout out. I try to make my blog a “happy” visit place.

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Yes! Your cartoon is featured on “Worth A Fly By” . . . my new favorite widget! Thanks for all the happy smiles! 😀

5. sweetdaysundertheoaks - November 4, 2012

I am going to watch the Happy Movie when CH turns the TV OFF!.. 😀

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

We rented it through Netflix . . . but it’s also available from Amazon (buy or rent). Cheers!

sweetdaysundertheoaks - November 4, 2012

Oops! I thought I could just click to watch.. 🙂

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

This clip is just a brief intro by the director . . . you might find parts of the movie on youtube. If you don’t, it’s worth the rental fee.

6. granny1947 - November 4, 2012

A post especially for me…thank you!

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Two of the “happy” people were . . . a Hospice Nurse and a Hospital tech in Kolkata India.

The film did NOT convince me that handling bodily fluids would make me happy. 😉

granny1947 - November 4, 2012


nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Exactly. I am happy to be “of service” . . .as long as it doesn’t involve vomit, blood, urine, or poop!

7. granny1947 - November 4, 2012

p.s. I don’t have a gorilla suit….will a birthday suit do?
Mine needs ironing!

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

OK. Instead of joining the San Francisco 7K Gorilla Run, keep your eyes peeled for where nudists are holding their 10K. 😯

But I’m not going to be cheering on the sidelines ~ watching nudists bouncing down the final stretch would be Too Much Information for my aging eyes. @_@

granny1947 - November 4, 2012

I would probably put out one of my eyes with my boobs.

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Ah . . . the slings and arrows of aging fortune. 😉

8. Andra Watkins - November 4, 2012

I’m sure you’ve read The Geography of Bliss, Nancy, but if you haven’t, I highly recommend it.

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Interesting way to get paid to travel . . . write a book and write off the expenses!


nrhatch - November 4, 2012

And thanks for the tip . . . I added it to my library queue.

9. kateshrewsday - November 4, 2012

Now I just want to see the movie!!!

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Precisely the point of this post! 😀

One of my favorite segments . . . a rickshaw driver living in a slum in India, in a hobbled together hovel, with a plastic tarp for a roof ~ a roof which doesn’t serve well during the monsoon season. Nevertheless, he is happier than the average American, including those who live in McMansions.

Another wonderful segment, a family living in the Bayou in Louisiana with little material wealth . . . who beam from ear to ear as they eat FREE crabs at an outdoor table.

The unhappiest looking souls . . . those walking around on Rodeo Drive in Hollywood. The “haves” don’t seem to have what it takes to be happy.

10. ryoko861 - November 4, 2012

I think more bosses need to read this. They’re the ones that push the ones below them to the brink.

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

At least we’re not chained to our desks, like workers in Japan:

Death from too much work is so commonplace in Japan that there is a word for it — karoshi.

There is a national karoshi hotline, a karoshi self-help book and a law that funnels money to the widow and children of a salaryman (it’s almost always a man) who works himself into an early karoshi for the good of his company.


11. jannatwrites - November 4, 2012

Happiness is a funny thing. It seems so simple, but some never seem to find it.

I remember when I graduated college and started working in insurance, I aspired to be a VP in one of the offices with windows and a door. It only took a few years to realize that almost all of them were there before me and stayed until 6PM or later. I also noticed that many of them were not pleasant to be around. As a result, I decided the six figure salary wasn’t worth it. I didn’t want to be anyone’s boss, and I wanted to do my work and go home – without my work.

Sure, it doesn’t pay as well, but I’m happy 🙂

nrhatch - November 4, 2012

Wise move, Janna. In law firms, most associates aspire to become partners . . . blinded by the prestige and perceived perks.

But, often, once they climb up the career ladder, they no longer have time to enjoy the view. 😉

12. Perfecting Motherhood - November 5, 2012

Oh, that movie looks so interesting and my library system doesn’t have it, even in the extended circuit. Argh…. And I don’t have Netflix. It’s an interesting concept though, and yes, money doesn’t always buy happiness. It helps worrying less about bills but I’ve worked with plenty of people who made good money and were miserable. I’m so glad I’m not part of that world anymore and my life is a lot happier today, even when I have to put up with more than I can bear sometimes.

nrhatch - November 5, 2012

I hope you can track down a copy. Well worth the watch.

The rickshaw driver in India, living in poverty, with no plumbing, and no material wealth, was happier than the average American.

Once our basic needs for food, shelter, and clothing are met, cramming our closets with STUFF doesn’t add to our happiness. All the people who slef-medicate by shopping to fill the vacuum are in a never-ending cycle ~ they’re riding on an endless Merry Go Round.

Perfecting Motherhood - November 6, 2012

I found this beautiful quote tonight, I thought I’d share. Maybe you can use it for a future post. It’s too delicious to keep to yourself.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha

nrhatch - November 6, 2012

I love that quote, Milka. And it is so true . . . we can give away love, kindness, and compassion to everyone we meet, every single day, and still have more to share.

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