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From the Academy Award nominated director Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) comes a new cinematic adventure. Happy is a feature‐length documentary that leads viewers on a journey across 5 continents in search of the keys to happiness. The film addresses many of the fundamental issues we face in today’s society: how do we balance the allure of money, fame and social status with our needs for strong relationships, health and personal fulfillment? Through remarkable human stories and cutting‐edge science, Happy leads us toward a deeper understanding of why and how we can pursue more fulfilling, healthier and happier lives. Happy takes the viewer from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the mountains of Bhutan. Listen to the wisdom of a Kolkata rickshaw driver, the compassion of a volunteer at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying and the knowledge of some of the world’s leading happiness researchers. Witness as middle school students applaud the bravery of their classmates during a moving presentation on bullying. Happy combines real‐life human drama and cutting‐edge science to provide insights into the mysteries of happiness.
THE CURRICULUM GUIDE
This curriculum guide to the film HAPPY is designed to help 6-12th-grade educators and their students get the most out of the film. Organized around the five film chapters, it provides activity ideas for increasing happiness, positive psychology, the power of community and the importance of helping others.
Lesson 1: The Study of Happiness
Lesson 2: What Really Makes Us Happy?
Lesson 3: Values and Happiness
Lesson 4: The Social Side of Happiness
Lesson 5: Practicing Happiness