The Happy Movie
I found this video by way of the Style Statement blog and was immediately intrigued. As the name suggests, the movie is about happiness – it looks at happiness around the world and seeks to answer the question about what it is that makes people happy.
For so long, the field of psychology focused on deficiencies and treating those with problems. Happiness was not given the same attention, yet it makes sense to put the same amount of research into what actually makes people thrive. There has been a lot more focus on this in recent years and it truly fascinates me, especially when it is backed up by actual research.
The Happy Movie website states that the movie contains interviews with leading psychologists and neurologists as well as real-life stories from people around the world.
I really like it that it looks at people around the world. It fascinates me that while our western society is prosperous in comparison to many other countries, there are still many who struggle with depression and other forms of unhappiness. I find myself wondering at times how this works in other countries where many people go with less material possessions than we have – how does happiness work there? Are there ways in which we get in our own way when it comes to being happy? I am intrigued to see if the movie will deal with these questions and what its angle will be on it.
Here’s the trailer and a short introduction by the director on the reason of making this movie, which is set to be released in December.