Happy Movie PosterHappy 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.

I’ve watched this documentary twice now on Netflix. It’s one of those movies that will be with me for a very long time. It’s one thing to talk about the concept of choosing happiness; it’s another to see it in action.

This film takes a look at what happiness is and people can be truly happy in places and situations most of us would find horrific. It delves into what part of happiness is genetic and what part is learned and how one can set themselves up to be happy. And the benefit? Living longer and living better.

Happy the movie takes us on a journey through several different cultures. Some of the most touching moments are in a home for the dying in India and with a group of 100-year old women in Okinawa. Both are scenes I won’t forget soon and ones I hope to base my gratitude on for many years to come.

Behind the Scenes in Okinawa

The film is an instant anti-depressant and a real slap in the face when needed, to remind us that we make our life what it is. The film gives you several concrete ways to enrich your happiness quotient and it doesn’t involve making more money, having more things, or working harder. It’s about being connected and doing good.

You can choose happiness even in the most dire of circumstances. Or not. But how good your life is depends on it.

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Available currently on Netflix or for purchase on iTunes or the Happy movie website.