These are some of the questions that are addressed in an entertaining, informative and inspiring movie called “Happy.”
Some ideas we saw –
50% of our happiness is determined by genes, 10% is related to life circumstances (financial situation, what country we live in, etcetera), leaving about 40% that has to do with things that we can change in our life.
Boosting dopamine in the brain is related to happiness – one of the best ways to do this is through non-routine physical activity. The example in the movie is surfing (!).
Another source of happiness is doing challenging things that are not too hard. That create a mental state known as “Flow.”