Watched a great documentary / movie tonight with the simple title of “Happy”. It runs for 75 mins, is v watchable and had interviews or references to a ton of authors or books that have been major influencers for me in the past couple of years. The movie covers a wide range of topics. It contrasts the overworked mainland Japanese with the happier, longer living Okinawans; they look at community living in Denmark and at self reported happy people living in slums in India; it goes inside a home for the dying and destitute in Kolkatta; and they talk about a widely referenced stat that despite GDP / capita increasingly dramatically in recent decades in America, happiness has not.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of “Flow”) is interviewed - in fact the concept of flow is talked about a lot. Flow and happiness are two things which are believed to be closely intertwined and this is something I heavily subscribe to.
Anyway, while the movie covers existing ground and doesn’t offer any fundamentally new insights, it’s a really great 1 1/4 hour summary (and a timely reminder) that once you get beyond a basic level of money, image and success, you need to look elsewhere to achieve the pursuit of happiness.