Must-see: A Review of the Movie “Happy”

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin

This is the intro line from the movie, Happy.

Happiness and how to achieve it are becoming increasingly popular, interesting, and relevant topics. And for good reason.

Statistical, scientific information and research on happiness, why it matters, and how to attain it are becoming hard to ignore, dismiss, or write off as soft science.

Ask yourself this: Are you happy?

It’s a rhetorical question, so you can answer honestly.

Whether your answer is yes or no, ask yourself, Why? Why are you happy? Why aren’t you happy? There’s no right or wrong answer. There’s just your answer.

This compelling picture is for anyone who thinks they’re happy; anyone who’s ever been depressed; anyone who’s tasted happiness and then watched it slip out of their fingers; anyone who feels like they’ve spent their whole life chasing happiness; and especially for anyone who’s given up on happiness or are feeling like they want to give up.

This movie is for you. For me. For everyone.

It brings full circle a wealth of scientific, empirical, and national research on happiness and delivers it in a documentary-type format so mesmerizing, you’ll be recommending it to friends and family before you get halfway through.

It’s a movie so revealing, inspiring, sobering, and convincing that I personally feel we should watch this movie in groups. As couples, as families, as friends, as coworkers, as companies. It’s that powerful.

The creators translate subjects like Positive Psychology, Dopamine, and Hedonic adaptation into clear, concise, understandable terms for those of us who aren’t doctors or PhDs. They weave technical facts with human behavior so beautifully that it’s hard not to be moved. And not moved by a fiction, big-screen drama scene. Moved by seeing our own human spirit reflected back to us on-screen.

The relationship between happiness and exercise, connection, community, cooperation, and compassion are uniquely explored. A magnifying glass is held up to things we’ve been taught will make us happy, like success, money, and beauty.

Accessing all of this information in one place is invaluable because it gives us the power to turn the concept of “being happy” into a starting point instead of an ending point.

This isn’t a movie that tells you what to do. Just like a good teacher, it shows you what’s possible, even in situations that seem impossible.

The rest is up to you.

Watch Happy for free on Gaiam TV with a 10-day trial here.

Monique Minahan is a writer, yogi, and lover of life. She’s inspired by nature’s simplicity and the healing power of love. She finds true liberation in living life fully from the inside out. Her intention is to offer her heart to the world through words that motivate, inspire, and encourage. Connect with her at mindfulmo.com.

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By Monique Minahan

36 comments

Deanna C.
Deanna C3 years ago

Can't wait to see this.

Kate S.
Kate S3 years ago

TY

Tal H.
Tal H3 years ago

awesome!

Aditya n.
Aditya n3 years ago

thanks

rene davis
irene davis3 years ago

thank you.

Anne Moran
Anne Moran3 years ago

HAPPINESS COMES FROM WITHIN.... IT'S NOT TANGIBLE [ MONEY, HOUSES, FANCY CARS, AND THE LIKE ]... - I THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE BORN EITHER WITH A MISERABLE PERSONALITY OR ARE BORN WITH A HAPPY PRE-DESPOSITION... - I AM THE LATTER; - BETTER TO SEE THE POSITIVE IN LIFE, THAN DWELL ON THE NEGATIVE...

Charlotte A.
Charlotte A3 years ago

Thanks.

a             y m.
g d c3 years ago

ty

Mac C.
mac C3 years ago

Looks really good, thanks for letting us know and giving us a link to watch.

Bruce K.
Bruce K3 years ago

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin

"You didn't do it yourself " - Barrack OBama