Why you should bring happy to your town on Feb 11, 2012


According to the book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives your odds of being happy increase 15% when friends in your immediate circle are happy.

Not only that but the happiness of your friends' friends (people you may not even know) increases your happiness potential by 10%. And perhaps most surprising, the friends of your friends' friends still impacts your happiness by 6%! In contrast increasing your income by $10,000, according to author Nicholas Christakis only increases your chance of being happy by 2%.

These findings are some of the most compelling (though possibly selfish) reasons to bring Happy: The Movie to your town - on February 11, 2012 - World Happy Day. By increasing the happiness of those around you, you increase your own.

It's what I'm doing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Why? Because having seen the movie I already know that it is filled with extremely powerful insights for people seeking happier lives. And the way it presents this information, switching between the science behind life satisfaction and poignant stories from places like Japan, Bhutan, Brazil and the Louisiana Bayou makes this a truly memorable film.

How happy is your state, county, town, neighborhood, street, next door neighbor, home, family? How happy are your friends? How happy are you? You all have a ripple effect outward. I hope you take that to heart and doing something about it such as:

  1. Happy_posterJoin thousands of people across the globe on February 11, 2012 and watch Happy: The Movie. Find a screening near you at www.worldhappyday.com/map. (For Ann Arbor's show info go to www.practicehow.com)
  2. Not playing in your area? Host it yourself! World Happy Day made this extremely easy. Go to www.worldhappyday.com/screening/ to make this happen.
  3. Invite your friends, family, co-workers, even your nextdoor neighbor. They will be happier, and so will you!

Here's to your happiness and to the happiness of those around you! ~ Annie