It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, so be happy, smile :). Funny thing is when you walk the sidewalks of life in about any urban city, you’ll find more people frowning than smiling. Unless that is you live in Denmark. A new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that Danish people are the happiest among those in the 40 countries that were studied. In case you were wondering… Americans ranked somewhere between No. 12 and No. 19 in the results.
It does start to make you wonder… what is it that makes each of us happy? If you ask that question to 500 hundred people, chances are you’ll get at least 250 different answers. The majority of people will respond to that question with a one word answer… MONEY. The people who don’t answer with money, the majority of those people will respond with an off-shoot answer that somehow reflects or requires money… leaving very few people who are motivated to seek true happiness – without money being in the equation.
When you look around the world and you study different cultures, some of the happiest people on the planet have no money. Their happiness comes from a more fulfilling life centered on relationships, nature and often the simplest of pleasures! Do yourself a favor and watch the following documentary appropriately titled HAPPY! This documentary explores the meaning and source of human happiness, interviewing people from all walks of life, along with various scientists and other experts who weigh in on how humans find and keep the vital feeling. I watched the full documentary this past week with my two children and it was well worth the time invested. You can watch it right off of Netflix or buy the film.
Remember it doesn’t matter how busy you are, we always have time for things that are important to each of us… so make the time to understand and find your HAPPINESS! A Montage of the documentary ” Happy” produced and reporting by Letisha Bush and Dadrian Robinson is just over six minutes, and an interesting perspective.
… and remember ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy!’