Is it possible to train our minds to be happy the same way that we train our bodies to be fit?Designer, Stefan Sagmeister, has been on a ten-year quest to find out. In fact, he is creating a documentary called The Happy Film. The movie will showcase Sagmeister's experiments with meditation, cognitive therapy and drugs, and their effects on his happiness level."I am usually rather bored with definitions. Happiness, however, is just such a big subject that it might be worth a try to pin it down." - Stefan SagmeisterI think this is a fascinating study. So, I took a sneak peak of Sagmeister's findings at his exhibit, The Happy Show, at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art.One of my favorite parts of the The Happy Show was the "How Happy Are You" gumball machine wall.I was glad to see that numbers 1 through 5 were still pretty full! (And who are these people taking the #10 gumball? I'd like to meet them. Eh, maybe I wouldn't.)Anyways, the Philadelphia show ended last weekend. So if you didn't catch it... you missed out. But, you still have the documentary to look forward to. Due out Winter 2013. Woo!Personally, I like to think we can do things to train our minds and alter our happiness. Before we hear Sagmeister's verdict, tell me, do you think happiness can be learned?
This post references the May 13th episode of Mad Men. Yup, last week’s episode. I’m guessing that’s a major no-no in the world of blogging.But considering I’m still new to this, I’m hoping you will forgive me just this once. And in the future, I’ll start watching TV shows when they’re actually on.That said, this episode of Mad Men was called “Dark Shadows”. It focused largely on the unhappiness of the characters.But then, it ended with a surprisingly upbeat song. It was called, “Sweepin’ the Clouds Away” by Maurice Chevalier. The song captured my attention when I heard the line, “If you want happiness, just help yourself to some”. I couldn’t agree more with this message.We are all in control of our own happiness. I think we often forget this. So if you’re feeling down, think about what might make you happy. It could be something as small as going out for a beer. Or as big as finding a new job. Whatever it is, go help yourself to it!Or at least start by listening to the song below. It might inspire you.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfNV9YLZrTYSo tell me, did this song invigorate you, too?