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Get "Happy"

Having burned through the myriad of suggestions on various streaming services,friends, colleagues, and clients have been asking for movie suggestions.

A movie/documentary that gives me perspective is “Happy”

“Happy” takes us through the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata (Calcutta) in search of what really makes people happy.

Filmmaker Roko Belic’s documentary Happy was originally inspired by a New York Times article “A New Measure of Well-Being from a Happy Little Kingdom” by Andrew C. Revkin in which the United States was ranked 23rd on a list of the happiest nations in the world, with much poor nations easily surpassing the United States.

Belic takes us on a journey where once basic necessities like food and shelter are provided for, economic factors have relatively little to do with overall satisfaction in life. Instead, using a balance of scientific research and fascinating human stories, the documentary explores some of the non-material roots of happiness, and in the process, shows that while there is not a formula for it, everyone can become happier.

With subjects ranging from an Indian rickshaw driver to a family of crab-fishing Cajuns in the Louisiana bayou to an aging Brazilian surfer, the film benefits from the huge variety of experiences it examines. The result is a movie brimming with positive energy and a sense of joy regarding the shared human experience.

So, while cocooned in your home, take a look at “Happy”. The movie is available through several sources - the movie link:


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