In my work with at-risk high school students, I always try to show movies that are meaningful. A few weeks ago we watched “The Happy Movie” (http://www.thehappymovie.com/). It examines the concept of happiness and draws from a new field of Science called Positive Psychology. It was quite fascinating and beautiful.
What they have discovered is that happiness is much more likely to occur in people who are intrinsically motivated, that is, people who are always trying to improve themselves and make the world better in ways that are important to them simply because that is what they want to do. They also found that people who are happy appreciate what they have, and show compassion to others. They take time to play and spend time with family and friends. They also have a sense of adventure and respond to it. A certain amount of money is necessary to experience these things, but people with a great deal of money are not necessarily happier than those with a more “reasonable” amount.
This caused me to reflect on my life. I face challenges like everyone else, so why am I so happy? One thing is that I always try to have an attitude of gratitude for everyone and everything in my life. I also love my work. I know that I am making a significant difference in the world. I am a teacher. I have long reflected on the scene from the Gospels where the boy Jesus spoke to the elders in the Temple, and I have prayed that I could “garner the wisdom of the ages and pass on good doctrine.” That is my life’s work and I see it bearing fruit. In addition to teaching at-risk students, I also specialize in genocide education. I know that with each student who is taught about the most grave sins of humanity and the inevitable triumph of good over evil, we are one step closer to “never again”. I know that with every kind act I plant a seed of goodness in the world. Yes, my life has meaning to me. It makes sense that I am so happy.
What do you see when you reflect on your life? What motivates you intrinsically? Follow your heart and you will find joy. If you feel moved to improve your health, look around my website and see what products Vemma offers that will suit your lifestyle. If you’re simply curious to learn more about happiness, follow the link I gave you above (it’s only $3.00 to watch the movie on-line, and I know that it has been on TV too).
I am thankful for the time that you have taken to read my blog, and I am thankful that our paths have crossed once again. I welcome your comments. Have a wonderful day!