Happy, Roko Belic Analysis

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One of the main aspects of the “American Dream” that people tend to want aside from money, is to be happy. However, there is no set definition on what happiness is or what it means to be happy. Throughout the documentary, Happy, Roko Belic (2011) addresses various countries that are perceived as the “least happy” or “happiest.” With the use of various family interviews, Belic emphasize the various meanings of “happy” as they pertain to the “least happy” or “happiest” countries. Within the opening sequence of the documentary, Happy, Ed Diener, Ph.D. states that “happiness can help you get your other goals, have better relationships, make more money, do better on the job” (Belic, 2011). Although Kolkata Slum, India has the appearance of an unhappy town with equally unhappy citizens, Manoj Singh epitomizes the happiness he musters up. Through the unconscious use of civic engagement in his natural workplace: the street as a rickshaw driver, Singh continues to help out drunken passengers even though they tend to abuse the rickshaw drivers (Belic, 2011). However, when he goes back home at the end of the day, …show more content…

Bhutan, a country with high levels of happiness, is unique in its own way in which the higher national goal is for gross nation happiness (Belic, 2011). Unlike other countries, Bhutan’s society presented the government the responsibility to allow and build opportunities to gin happiness (Belic, 2011). Through this, the government has control over the levels of happiness that citizens gain. Beneficially, citizens of Bhutan are offered opportunities that allow each to gain happy experiences but the level of happy they become, depends on the effectiveness of their civic engagement. Without the government containing the responsibility of providing opportunities for happiness, citizens would not have the highest chance to work within the

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