Don’t worry, be happy

January 26, 2013

happy-facesThis week I watched a documentary on Netflix that is in line with my thinking of late. Happy, directed by Roko Belic, illustrates the nature of happiness across the globe.

A few highlights:

People in general think that good or bad major events (getting married, losing a job) are far more important than they really are when it comes to overall happiness. In reality, the highs from these don’t last very long and neither do the lows.

Flow, or being “in the zone” is an important part of happiness. This can be achieved through exercise, sports, or even everyday tasks like gardening or cooking.

Acts of kindness and compassion, even if minor, make us happy.

The part of happiness that is determined by the circumstance of life (job, money, house, relationship) is a mere 10%. The rest is genetic (50%) and habit based (40%).

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4 Responses to “Don’t worry, be happy”

  1. tonykulla said

    P.S. Special thanks to TR for recommending this documentary after one of our philosophical conversation.

  2. Clair said

    LOVED this documentary. Perfect summary!

  3. Sami Sioux said

    I know what im watching this weekened! 🙂

  4. tonykulla said

    Did you watch it, Sam?

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