7 October 2013
Searching For Happiness
Happiness, I believe, isn’t just something that happens or comes. Roko Belic controversially argues in his documentary film Happy that poorer countries like India are easily surpassing the U.S. on a list of the happiest nations in the world. Happy begins with a poverty-stricken rickshaw puller in an Indian slum who claims to be happy, very happy, in fact. Director Belic takes us to various countries, examining different people in various economic situations, and with the help of some “happiness science,” evaluating their level of happiness. Throughout the movie, Director Roko Belic illustrates that it isn’t what we do that makes us happy, but it is the people and the relationships in our lives that brings us happiness and everlasting joy. Unlike other documentaries about happiness, Belic’s camera captures people in pauperized areas who still claims to be happy despite of the hardships they encounter on a daily basis. According to the movie, the study of happiness began in the 90’s> Filmmakers researches the roots of happiness and shows that, even though there isn’t an equation or formula for happiness, everyone can retain to be happier. Although it’s proven that the U.S. is one of the richest countries in the world, it is not one of the happiest. Belic uses a wide-range of examples from a rickshaw puller to a mature surfer and to a family of crab fishers in the Louisiana bayou. He uses expert opinions to define and measure happiness. Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky of UCR, suggest that most of us are born with a certain range of happiness, and about half of our happiness can come from our intentional behavior; the things we do on a daily basis. Belic shows us an aging surfer who uses represents surfing as his religion. It is where he feels his happiness. The relationship between physical activities, aerobic exercise, or noble activities and our happiness is that we produce dopamine and it is an...
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