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the happiness project

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What is The Happiness Project?

I’d seen Chronicle of a Summer in grad school and loved the simple yet catalytic question, “Are you happy?” asked by Rouch and Morin during the Algerian War in 1960. This served as a partial inspiration for the project.

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What is The Happiness Project?

I’d seen Chronicle of a Summer in grad school and loved the simple yet catalytic question, “Are you happy?” asked by Rouch and Morin during the Algerian War in 1960. This served as a partial inspiration for the project.

Started in January of 2009, New Yorkers were asked the same two questions: “Are you happy?” and “Are you hopeful?”

Happiness Starts With The Brain
Current research shows that 50% of your brain is already hard-wired for happiness through genetic predisposition. Only 10% is controlled by circumstance—love, family, work, money. This may seem surprising since heartbreaks or the birth of a child may feel like the lowest or highest points of one’s happiness. And it could very well be; that’s where the remaining 40% comes into play. Practicing forgiveness, altruism, kindness, that may help in forging connections in the brain that sustain happiness.

And so what is the purpose of The Happiness Project?
As truly interesting as the science of happiness is, The Happiness Project is quite simply a video collective of people’s stories. As we move between family, love, work, community, every so often we bump into someone or something that affects us. Perhaps by asking a stranger about their happiness, that space in between can be a warmer, brighter place. Maybe it will make one pause to think about what makes them happy.

Or if happiness is even important?

I hope.

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