Recently, I watched a documentary called “Happy” on Netflix. First, I really enjoyed it and do recommend it, but I wanted to share some important life lessons highlighted in the documentary.
People endeavor to become happy through either intrinsic or extrinsic factors.
The extrinsic factors include material things such as money or power.
This documentary claims that those factors do not provide for long-term (or even much short-term) happiness and suggests you focus on these three intrinsic factors:
- Personal growth
- Desire to help others
By doing these things, you are not only making yourself happier but positively impacting others as well.
An interesting example of a country that has some of the happiest and least happy people in the world is Japan.
In the urban centers like Tokyo, some people are so unhappy and not focused on intrinsic happiness factors, that they literally work themselves to death. (There is even a Japanese word for this – Karoshi)
Far away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo is the village Okinawa. Amazingly, in the same country, are people who are some of the happiest in the world -- and live extraordinarily long lives as a result
The reason for the difference?
Okinawans focus on all three intrinsic happiness factors. Watch the film and find out how – and in the process help yourself bring a little more “happy” into your life!