The new movie, Hector and the Search for Happiness, is the story of guy who tries to figure out what makes people happy, especially himself. His answer lies in a familiar ending – he marries the girl. But this Denver movie Meet-Up group had other ideas.
For Deb, happiness is a fleeting emotion, one that “comes and goes. It is joy that is longer lasting, and it’s a matter of choice.” Of course, definitions play a role in how we describe and feel happiness (joy, contentment, etc.). See more on this in “What is happiness anyway,” a previous story that explores happiness and how we describe it.
Joy is doing?
Jim offered some practical ideas. After quickly saying happiness was “power tools,” (did he smile when he said it?) later he added, “it’s exploring nature, and music.”
This gets us beyond happiness or joy as a state of being – and to the idea of action, of doing. In the movie, Hector explores China, Africa, and Los Angeles looking for the keys to happiness. (He makes a list of what it takes — getting glimpses of others’ happy states.) But the true insight belongs to Christopher Plummer who plays a happiness researcher. He says people should not be concerned with the pursuit of happiness, but rather, “the happiness of pursuit.”
Lisa Marie would seem to agree. She said “happiness is constant action toward your goals and not simply an aversion to pain.” And she added, “it’s something you do for yourself, you can’t expect someone else to make you happy.” (Will there be a Hector sequel that reflects that? Or is the romantic notion of “happiness by other” too ingrained in the movie tradition?)
Rose seemed to be thinking along the same lines as Lisa Marie. She said happiness is “being able to express yourself artistically.” And Deb added happiness is being “mentally engaged, when you lose track of time.”
Being in the moment
Rhea’s eyes lit up with this and noted the scene in the movie when (in Tibet?) at a monastery high atop a mountain a sudden wind blew prayer flags in a colorful dance and the monks stood among them with joyful faces. For Rhea, this struck a chord. “Happiness can happen anywhere,” she said, “it’s a moment when something takes me by surprise, something beautiful I wouldn’t expect.”
Joy in the moment? Joy in doing? Joy in connection? Join the discussion – Tell us what makes you happy or joyful in the Comment section.
Musings and photos by Bojinka Bishop, Oct. 16, 2104
- What does it mean to be happy, anyway? When I mentioned to a friend I was going to use “Being Happy | Being Single” as a tagline for Flying High Solo, she shrieked, “No, no. Not happy! Content, maybe.” It got me thinking – what does it mean to be happy? What is happiness, really? ...
- DePaulo highlights 2012 media on singles/solos Bella DePaulo showcases recent media coverage of the growing phenomenon of solo- and single-hood in her most recent blog....
- Sometimes it’s good to fly low Pelicans fly low sometimes, skimming along the surface of the water. (Not flying high now.) They’re mostly looking for a meal, for nourishment. Being low has its benefits for pelicans. And, I’ve decided, for me, too....
- Dear David Letterman – Time to Celebrate National Singles Week! September 21-27 is National Singles Week. Although jokes and put downs of singles are common, David Letterman’s September 10 Top Ten list hits a new low. His number one reason for being single? “You’re too busy running ISIS.”...
- Update on Coffee Brewing This news just has to be shared. I actually lowered my cholesterol (the “bad” LDL) by 32 points since the beginning of May. (See the story below on coffee brewing and cholesterol. I had been brewing and drinking unfiltered coffee for years!)....
Celebrating special people, good ideas, and useful actions
Keep on top of what's new – subscribe to Flying High Solo! You'll get a brief email alerting you to new articles. (Your email is safe -- we will not share it with anyone).
What readers are saying
"amazing variety of topics"
"an intelligent, strong, creative, eclectic approach .... that we don't get a chance to read everyday"
"very cool and intelligent"
We’re all solo in our souls – Honoring our unique paths
Rewarding KindnessFlying High Solo is randomly rewarding acts of kindness. Click on "Seeing small beauties…" or click on "Things to do," on the blue navigation bar then on "Seeing small beauties..." for details.
Bella DePaulo's blog for Psychology Today, "the truth about singlism..." News, analysis, facts, and stories about being single in America
Flying High Solo welcomes the submission of news and feature stories about meaningful topics. Please click on “Submissions” in the top navigation bar for more details.
- May 2018
- June 2017
- January 2017
- September 2016
- June 2016
- May 2016
- February 2016
- July 2015
- May 2015
- January 2015
- December 2014
- November 2014
- October 2014
- September 2014
- August 2014
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- March 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- October 2013
- September 2013
- April 2013
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- December 2012
- November 2012
- September 2012
- May 2012
- March 2012
- February 2012