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The pursuit of 'Happiness'


Covering six continents, the documentary “The Economics of Happiness” gets an Oklahoma premiere on Friday.

Courtney Silva March 9th, 2011

In today’s society, fewer people can say they are truly happy — at least according to “The Economics of Happiness.”

The documentary, which screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business Kerr-McGee auditorium, 2501 N. Blackwelder, examines the effects that economic globalization has had on our everyday lives, said Vicki Rose, member of the film committee of Transition OKC, a program of the nonprofit Sustainable OKC.

“One thing that struck me was the extent to which localization can increase our well-being,” she said. “Many Americans don’t consider themselves happy anymore for a number of reasons, including not spending enough time with family and being too stressed-out. The film connects that unhappiness to the rampant consumerism and need for affluence that our society has unfortunately become so familiar with.”

While the documentary presents the problems of globalization, such as climate change and high oil prices, it also presents a number of hopeful solutions and innovative ideas that should leave viewers optimistic.

“It is a very inspiring film,” said Rose. “We’re missing a sense of connection with others that is a fundamental human need, and building those relationships through more localization will help fulfill that need.”

A panel discussion will follow the screening. Admission is free. For more information, visit goinglocalokc.com. —Courtney Silva

 
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