Happy – A Documentary

“The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin

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This documentary is available on Netflix.  It takes an in depth look at what makes people happy and how we can improve our own happiness.

Here are a few things from the documentary that I found to be interesting:

  • Dopamine is a chemical in the brain and it is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy.  Physical activity releases dopamine, so engaging in exercise is a natural mood booster.
  • Events have a limited impact on our happiness.  When something good happens, we may feel ecstatic.  However, those feelings will dissipate quickly.  When something bad happens, we may feel devastation, but those feelings will also dissipate.
  • A key ingredient to happiness is being able to recover from adversity quickly.
  • Once our basic needs are meet, an increase in income has a limited affect on our level of happiness.
  • You will always be able to find somebody that has more money than you or that has something you don’t have.  A constant desire for more will have a negative impact on our happiness.
  • The more people focus on money and image the less happy they feel.
  • The more people focus on relationships, personal development, and community service the happier they feel.
  • Changing your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have that you can share, will promote happiness.
  • The building blocks of happiness are play, new experiences, and relationships.

Take time to do something that makes you happy today.

 

3 thoughts on “Happy – A Documentary

  1. A great blog Lynn. Indeed I choose to be happy, share my energy and think positive thoughts…if everyone did this then I believe the World would be a much happier and peaceful place. Let’s pass this on. For some being happy is a difficult thing to consider, but we know it does wonders and extends life.

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  2. I’ve watched that documentary and really enjoyed it. It does shed light on happiness not necessarily being filled with monetary means. And you’re right, there is always someone with more looks, money, friends, bigger house, more talented, etc. Our happiness definitely requires more than just what we have or don’t have. But personal satisfaction in work or a cause that we feel we are a part of helps. Though sometimes depression is a chemical imbalance that has nothing to do with anything external or circumstantial.

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