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Happy (2011)

Sonja Lyubomirsky , Richard Davidson , Roko Belic  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (539 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sonja Lyubomirsky, Richard Davidson, Ed Diener, Daniel Gilbert, Nic Marks
  • Directors: Roko Belic
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Russian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Wadi Rum Films, Inc
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (539 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The ultimate movie about human beings at their best! --Lindsay Doran - Producer, Sense and Sensibility, Stranger Than Fiction

...A tour de force into happiness. I highly recommend HAPPY; you'll be giving yourself a gift of pure magic. --Marilyn Schlitz - CEO, Institute of Noetic Sciences

Immensely uplifting! --Movie Reviews From a Spiritual Perspective

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Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?

HAPPY, the latest award-winning film from Academy Award® nominated director, Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) and Executive Producer, Tom Shadyac (Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, I AM), takes us 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 of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

HAPPY features insights from experts in the field of positive psychology including Ed Diener, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Richard Davidson, Daniel Gilbert, Nic Marks, Gregory Berns, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, P. Read Montague, and Tim Kasser and is narrated by Marci Shimoff, best selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman s Soul.

Subtitles in French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Indonesian, German, Bengali
English Closed Captioning for the hearing impaired
Director's Commentary
Behind the Scenes Photos

Best Documentary - Maui Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize - Amsterdam Film Festival
Most Inspirational Documentary - DocMiami International Film Festival
Audience Choice Award - Mendocino Film Festival
Best Documentary - Rincon International Film Festival
People's Choice Award - Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
Best Documentary - Mexico International Film Festival
Audience Choice, Student's Choice Awards - Mountainfilm in Telluride
Audience Choice Award - Arizona International Film Festival
Best Feature Film - Costa Rica International Film Festival

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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie made me happy! :) April 23, 2012
I really liked this movie. I too saw it with my family (10 year old son, 13 year old daughter and husband) and we all liked it. I think it all comes down to the fact that we're happiest when we're feeling connected to other people and I think there's been enough research over the last decade to support this. It was interesting to note that extreme happiness and sadness are both short lived in that we all pretty much have a happiness set point that we revert back to quite quickly. When I think of all the mindless drivel we could have watched on a Sunday night I have to say that I think this movie was well worth my family's time. It was positive, sweet, informative and heart-warming and made us feel more connected because we watched it together.
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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie about happiness in many societies. May 7, 2012
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I watched this movie because lately I have been interested in what makes people happy.

I was surprised that the people who made the movie had examples of happy and unhappy people from all over the world. There was this example of happy people that lived in a community in Denmark (I think), where they each had apartments that were part of a cluster, and they took turns cooking, and it was basically like living with a giant family. I had not ever heard of modern people living like that. Those people were very happy. There was also an example of unhappy Japanese people--in Japanese culture, there is a word for people who die of working too much, and that phenomenon is just part of their society. That was kind of sad.

I felt like this movie was more entertaining than informative; I didn't leave the film with a clear idea of what things I could do to become happier, except maybe to spend more time with friends. I did enjoy watching it, though. The wide variety of cultures represented made the movie really vibrant and interesting.

I would recommend this movie to anyone. I think it was totally appropriate for families.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy video June 25, 2012
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I heard about this video on Hay House Radio. I decided to rent it while I was convalescing from chronic fatigue. It definitely drives home that happiness is a choice. The rickshaw man who lives in the Indian slum made an impression on me. Whenever I start feeling down, thinking about what I lack and forgetting to be thankful for what I have, I replay the segment about him in my mind. It also helped me to be less judgemental of others who don't conform to the "norm".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is perspective not a how to November 12, 2013
By m4tch
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For me, the interviews and array of footage in this documentary are what make it so enjoyable.
50% of our happiness is determined by our genetic composition, 10% of our happiness is based on our surrounding and 40% is unknown, leaving you to wonder if you can truly determine your own happiness in life. Personally I think yes. At the end of the day it is up to you whether you're going to let any stimuli effect your mood in any way. Everyone is different but one thing is for certain, we need outside stimuli to help process an emotional feed.
This film visits many different cultures throughout the movie which really gives you a different perspective of what makes everyone happy or unhappy, regardless of their social or economic background. I would recommend watching this movie in a class or group environment as it fuels great topics of discussion. Two things to keep in mind is that this film is not a "how to be happy" and it does not go into discussion about people who may have disorders that would or could otherwise take control of their responses to stimuli (whether internal or external).
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44 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy is awesome. February 28, 2012
By Patbone
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Terrific movie. Not as good as "I am", but certainly a must see. Shows that happiness is something that can be learned like any other skill. Of course, those who chose to be unhappy will never watch this because they will have a list of negative reasons. Which is okay, we can measure our happiness by their self imposed misery.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really made us HAPPY to watch this! March 25, 2013
We just watched this and it is FANTASTIC. It made us laugh (a lot!), cry and think. It's incredible to see what *really* makes people happy around the world ... and it's NOT what we normally think will. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy February 3, 2013
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It's a wonderful and inspirational documentary. It caused great and deep discussions with my family and friends. I highly recommend this movie for everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it alot August 9, 2013
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The total human experience was in included in this movie. The poor but very happy family in India was the most inspiring for me and changed my thinking on what material happiness really is. Thank you.
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