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Happy people are less likely to get into conflicts, to commit crimes, to want to go to war and to pollute the environ- ment,” declares award-winning film- maker roko belic, who has explored
the subject in his documentary Happy. “they are more
likely to find a creative solution to a problem and to
help a stranger in need. in other words, when we look in
the newspaper and we see war, famine, injustice, crime,
poverty, inequality—all of these things we care about,
that we wish we could change—all of them are improved
with happiness.” over years of interviews and filming,
belic’s findings echo those of positive psychologists who
make a study of what makes us happy.
and if you want to be happy, here’s the key: make the
world a better place. give of yourself: your money, your
time, your compassion. “Prosocial giving is the clunky
psychological term,” says Dr. robert biswas-Diener.
“economically it weakens you to spend money on
someone else, it actually seems like you’re lowering your
net worth, but giving money or gifts to others pays back
happiness dividends. experiment with this, it’s an easy
Want to make a better world?
Start from within.
by lisa rosen