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HAPPY, the most recent film from Academy Award® nominated director Roko Belic, takes us on a compelling global journey in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

What are the building blocks of a life that’s not just free of illness, but one that flourishes with a deep and genuine happiness? Everyone wants to be happy, yet many of the common pursuits of happiness — money, fame, status — don’t lead to the desired result. Recently, modern science has begun to examine how happiness works. Experts appearing in HAPPY, including Sonja Lyubomirsky, Daniel Gilbert, Ed Diener and Richard Davidson, provide fascinating insights into the research and how it applies to our daily lives.

HAPPY further engages the viewer to examine preconceived notions about the causes and sources of happiness. A rickshaw driver in the slums of Kolkata living in a hut made of plastic bags is found to be as happy as the average American. A woman who is disfigured and disabled from a car accident is happier than she was before the accident. Through these and other inspiring stories, HAPPY leads us toward a deeper understanding of how our sense of well-being and happiness can be cultivated and shared regardless of circumstance and external conditions.

There are things everyone can do on a regular basis to become happier and HAPPY provides a captivating look at the components that enhance happiness. While happiness can’t be purchased or won, it is a skill that can be learned.

Narrated by Marci Shimoff, best-selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul, HAPPY was filmed in 15 countries, is the winner of multiple awards and was an official selection in more than 30 film festivals.

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