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HAPPY 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... See full summary »

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HAPPY 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. Written by Wadi Rum Films, Inc

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Biggest load of crap
30 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Its got zero proof, it offers no scientific data, it leaves out "sex", in fact it implies sex but won't go there.. It tries to claim that happiness from taking care of people can equate to a drug like cocaine, which is a load of crap, if that were true people would find it easy to get off drugs.. The truth of the matter is that once you do an addictive drug you have a tingling feeling, sort of like an itch, that never goes away, and once you've done the drug a lot, it shuts down your ability to experience pleasure.. Now for someone who is addicted, if dopamine response is diminished due to long-term drug use, the dopamine response to the drug makes you feel "normal" whereas not having the drug makes you feel "depressed", in that case I would say that doing any activity equates to the happiness in a "addicted" drug addict doing something like cocaine. But the movie only plays chicken with the idea, it doesn't really have any proof. It could be regarded as a Buddhist conversion tape because it doesn't cover any other religions, in fact it implies that those who practice Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths "are less happy".. Normally I like liberal documentaries, but this one leaves you thinking "that was nice, oh wait, I just got rick rolled"..


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