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How Happy Can You Be?

How Happy Can You Be?

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What are the factors that make a person happy? Does being happy actually improve our life? Can scientists measure one's degree of happiness? Is there an identifiable psychological profile for a happy person? Is it possible to arrange our lives to be as happy as possible? And how, exactly, does one define happiness?

In HOW HAPPY CAN YOU BE?, filmmaker Line Hatland, who admits to not being as happy as she'd like to be, seeks answers to these questions by interviewing and showing the work of some of the world's leading researchers on happiness, or 'objective well being,' including psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists. Among many other things, we learn the three main factors contributing to happiness, including life circumstances, intentional activity (what one chooses to do), and one's genetic makeup.

Filmed throughout the world-including the U.S., Greenland, Europe, and Asia-HOW HAPPY CAN YOU BE? combines the interviews with these leading figures in the positive psychology field with archival footage, scientific experiments, impressive (if not always credible) statistical data from the World Database of Happiness, questionnaires submitted during anthropological field trips, the filmmaker's family history and her bemused reflections on what she learns about the keys to happiness.

Although it may not add up to a scientific guide to happiness, which is the unspoken but primary life goal for most people, HOW HAPPY CAN YOU BE? examines many factors that determine the extent of satisfaction with one's life, and their implications for one's personal well being and social relationships.

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