I watched the great documentary HAPPY the other evening. It gave glimpses of real life stories from around the world and interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research.
It showed that no matter whether you are living in a slum in India, a mosquito infested swamp in Louisiana or having a major accident that knocks your life sideways – happiness can be yours.
Research by scientists in this field have found that people with extrinsic values that is fame, money or beauty are found to be more anxious, depressed and narcissistic whereas those with intrinsic values – developing meaningful relationships, personal growth and community involvement have a profound sense of well-being and self-esteem.
The jam and cream on the cake of a quest for happiness is attributed to being in the zone, in the flow or present in the moment. Writing does it for me.
HAPPY by Wadi Rum Films