The Economics of Happiness

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor
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6:30 PM, Friday, December 8, 2017
Location: Gig Harbor (click for map)

“Lonely people have never been happy people. And globalization is creating a very lonely planet.” So says activist and author Vandana Shiva in “The Economics of Happiness.”

“The Economics of Happiness” is an incisive documentary that links today’s global crises (climate change, terrorism, the financial crash) with personal malaise (rising levels of depression and the pervasive emptiness of consumer society).

The cure? Localization. A return to community, where people can forge connections with neighbors instead of advertising models, and buy food from a nearby farmer instead of the industrial agricultural machine. It is the economic and social bond among fellow citizens, and their very interdependence, insists economic analyst Helena Norberg-Hodge, that allows them to be truly happy.

Release Year: 2012

Running Time: 1 hr 8 min

Director: Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, John Page

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