Economics of Happiness: Award Winning Documentary on Happiness

Economics of Happiness: Award Winning Documentary on Happiness


Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten and Zac Goldsmith. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

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  • Archan

    Enjoyed it. Thanks Nihat. x

    March 23, 2013

  • Nihat T.

    Thank you all for coming, it was great meeting you all. Micaela, thank you for sharing it with your friends, I hope they liked it. I've just listened to an interview with Satish Kumar, he is just wonderful and makes so much sense­

    Next documentary is Laughology on the 6th of April, this documentary does have some answers to the 8 truths about globalisation. Looking forward to meeting you in the next opportunity.

    March 18, 2013

  • ayse d.

    I will be busy :(

    March 16, 2013

  • Prejay

    Hello there guys! I love the feel of this group! Positive is amazing! I was hoping you could squeeze me and possibly one mate in. I don't mind standing or even sitting on the floor! Let me know thank you!

    March 16, 2013

    • Nihat T.

      Hello, yes certainly, it should be alright

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys, struck down with cold/fluey stuff so can't make it sadly. Perhaps you'll show it again? Have fun. Son

    March 16, 2013

  • Sul

    Its my first meet up group meeting. I have just retired. Will I be allowed to join?

    March 15, 2013

    • Nihat T.

      Hi Sul, you are welcome to join, it's up to you to decide whether it is right for you or not.

      March 16, 2013

  • Nihat T.

    Good morning, we are meeting tonight for the Economics of Happiness. There will also be a short new documentary at the end on laughter yoga with the director. See you later

    March 16, 2013

  • Sul

    Not too sure if this is right group for me but love to try it out.

    March 15, 2013

  • Janice C.

    Shame, I can't make it this time. Hope there's another session.

    March 4, 2013

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