World Happy Day posterSearchers of happiness worldwide united Saturday to view the award-winning film, HAPPY, in venues ranging from theaters to community centers, to private homes and churches. Screenings, along with discussions, occurred in more than 600 cities in 60 countries.

The documentary, by Academy Award-winning director Roko Belic, takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in a search of what really makes people happy. The film combines real life stories of ordinary and extraordinary people around the world with powerful interviews featuring leading happiness researchers like Richard Davidson, Daniel Gilbert and Mihaly Csikszentmihaly.

“Screenings were scheduled in Cambodia, The Philippines, Brazil, Nepal, India, and several other countries as well as in cities across America,” says Belic. “Even Antarctica!”

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The film HAPPY was inspired by a challenge when Hollywood producer Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Liar, Liar, Patch Adams) read a New York Times article ranking America as 23rd in national happiness. He asked Belic to find out why.

The film investigates questions like where happiness comes from, and how to balance the allure for money with our need for strong social relationships and personal fulfillment.

“The desire for happiness is universal,” says Belic. “The sources are much more common and attainable than many of us believe. It is exciting to share this film and the cutting-edge research with people all over the world. It is even better to know they will be sharing it with each other, too.”

HAPPY was developed under the Creative Visions Foundation, a publicly supported 501 (c)(3), which supports creative activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world. The film will be subtitled in English and seven other languages.

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