Listen, I’m no positive Patty. Ask any of my friends, how I feel about the tambourine. I find it to be the overly cheery cousin of the percussion instruments. However, when I saw that Netflix was airing a documentary about happiness, especially as we turn the corner of a new year during these dark days of winter, I sat myself down for some schooling, about ‘happy’.
“Roko Belic’s ‘Happy’ explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.” For starters: 50% – genetic, 10% – circumstances, 40% – intentional (you choose).
I found this most fitting as my 1st post of 2016, my first post on this blog. There will indeed be footage of our performances, songs & behind the scenes , but to start off the year, I’d like to shed some light on a topic that affects us all. A friend of mine said to me that most people aren’t trying to be happy, they’re just trying to be less sad. This is very telling that happiness isn’t so easily accessible…but maybe it is a lot more simple than we’re making it. This doc covers a lot of ground. Laying out the importance of community, the different results of intrinsic values & goals vs their opposing extrinsic ones, and the hedonic treadmill, etc.. Whether you’re a Debbie downer, positive patty or middle mandem, Check it out.
P.S. This doesn’t change the way I feel about the tambourine.
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Blog post cover – Photo Credit: Justina Blakeney – Palms on pink.
Below – ‘Happy’ documentary poster.