Wellness film discussion series - Happy (Kathleen Howland)Monday December 2, 2019
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
What makes people happy?
It's the question at the heart of this documentary film simply — but appropriately — titled “Happy.”
The film was originally inspired by a 2005 New York Times article “A New Measure of Well-Being from a Happy Little Kingdom” by Andrew C. Revkin in which the United States was ranked 23rd on a list of the happiest nations in the world. With much poorer countries like Iceland and Puerto Rico easily surpassing the U.S., "Happy" makes a compelling argument that once basic necessities like food and shelter are provided for, economic factors have relatively little to do with overall satisfaction in life.
Using a balance of scientific research and fascinating human stories, the filmmakers explore some of the non-material roots of happiness, and in the process, show that while there isn’t a formula for it, everyone can become happier.
The film takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. It explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology. “Happy” is brimming with positive energy and a sense of joy regarding the shared human experience.
Join Kathleen Howland, Northborough parent, music/speech therapist, and neuroscience professor at Berklee College of Music, in the viewing and discussion of "Happy".
Location: Meeting Room
to go to the Northborough Free Library