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Happy [electronic resource]

Wadi Rum Films
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Filmed on five continents, this documentary combines powerful stories and remarkable case studies with serious brain science to lead viewers toward a deeper understanding of how they can actively pursue a happier life. A diverse group of individuals from around the world provides the "how"-the attitudes and activities that make them feel deeply and lastingly happy-while popular experts on positive psychology such as Daniel Gilbert, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ed Diener, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi provide the "why." Key discussion points on promoting intrinsic personal happiness include connectedness, generosity, compassion, novelty, play, and flow; potentially harmful effects of chasing materialistic happiness-epitomized by karoshi, death from overwork-are considered as well. Accessible and informative! A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online.
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74 min.
Portions with English subtitles
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 07, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Educator's Edition
  • Kolkata Slum, India (2:39)
  • Positive Psychology (1:48)
  • Genetic Set Point (1:27)
  • Louisiana, United States (1:58)
  • Novel Exercise (2:00)
  • Brazil, South America (2:35)
  • "In the Zone" (2:19)
  • Life Changing Event (2:58)
  • Finding Happiness After Tragedy (2:58)
  • Hedonic Cycle (2:26)
  • Louisiana Cajuns (2:16)
  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic Goals (1:53)
  • Tokyo, Japan (2:19)
  • Dangers of Efficiency (3:54)
  • Bhutan (2:34)
  • Happiest Country on Earth (5:13)
  • Religion and Happiness (1:37)
  • Okinawa, Japan (3:13)
  • Community Center, Okinawa, Japan (2:29)
  • Benefits of Cooperation (2:03)
  • Connecting to Others (3:12)
  • Compassion Leads to Happiness (2:35)
  • Community Healing Process in Namibia, Africa (2:46)
  • Brain Practicing Compassion (4:04)
  • Serving Humanity in Kolkata, India (4:21)
  • "Spiritual Emotions" (2:20)
  • Credits: Happy (Educator's Edition) (2:47)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
Publisher no.
53499 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (74 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic
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