Studying Happiness (01:06)
Psychology traditionally focuses on disorders. Positive psychology studies optimal functioning, scientifically considering questions such as life's meaning. This film considers these questions with a focus on the U.S. and Ethiopia.
Money and Happiness (03:00)
Several ordinary Americans answer questions about happiness and mention money. Once you have basic necessities, however, additional money does not correlate to happiness.
Ethiopians on Money and Happiness (02:45)
Ethiopians interviewed do not mention money as a source of happiness. Materially, people can only hope for basic necessities, some explain.
Relative Wealth (00:34)
Having more money by itself doesn't increase happiness once basic needs are met, but relative wealth matters; people don't want to fall behind peers.
Relationships and Happiness (02:02)
Pleasure is not a reliable source of happiness. An expert talks about sources of lasting happiness. Several ordinary people talk about things that make them happy; many mention the importance of friends and family in a good life.
Ethiopian Community Strength and Happiness (03:00)
Ethiopians visit families every day; extended family relationships are strong. Ethiopians live collectivist lives in contrast to American individualism; collaboration is a major part of life.
Conversation and Happiness (01:21)
Across cultures, people report being happy, feeling slightly better-than-neutral. Happy people talk more, and their conversations are deeper, which allows them to be liked for who they are.
Health and Happiness (00:53)
Health is crucial to happiness. Opportunities for health vary across societies.
Religion, Happiness and Cultural Difference (03:48)
Spirituality is correlated with happiness. Religious expression is highly significant in Ethiopians' lives, while in the U.S., religion can lead to conflict, and many are unsure what they believe.
Credits: The Pursuit of Happiness in Ethiopia and the U.S.: Intercultural Connections (00:21)
Credits: The Pursuit of Happiness in Ethiopia and the U.S.: Intercultural Connections
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