C’mon, C’mon Get Happy!



Centre for Life, Newcastle

A merry band of happiness promoters is bringing the documentary film, ‘Happy‘, by Oscar nominated Director Roko Belic, to the North East. It will be screened for one day only at a ‘pop-up cinema’ at the Centre for Life in Newcastle on World Happiness Day, February 11th.

On the same day the film will be enjoyed in communities across the globe, from Sao Paulo to Singapore as people celebrate what it means to be happy, who is happiest and how we can contribute to the happiness of others.

World Happy Day logo

World Happy Day

Despite the credentials of the Director, the film does not currently have a distribution deal through cinemas and can only be seen at special screenings like this one. It is being hosted by a small group of North East based supporters of happiness, wellbeing and positive psychology who hope it will inspire viewers to join them in a new movement to promote happiness in the region.

Featuring real-life people and stories, the film brings to life the findings of research into well-being and happiness and shows us that good family, social and community relationships, rather than wealth and status, are what really make us happy. We see the story of a beautiful woman named Melissa Moody, a mother of three who had a “perfect life” until the day she was run over by a truck. Disabled for nine years and disfigured for life, amazingly she is happier now than before her accident. Manoj Singh, a rickshaw puller from the slums of Kolkata, India who lives in a hut made of plastic bags with his family, is found to be as happy as the average American.

Children in India

Children in India

While making the film Roko Belic learned a lot about the nature of happiness and what is important in life. In an article in The Huffington Post Belic said [1]:

I learned something simple but completely illuminating. Research showed that just about all happy people have strong relationships. They are healthier and have happier children. They are more likely to find a creative solution to a problem and to help a stranger in need. Happy people have fewer conflicts and are less likely to commit crimes, pollute the environment or go to war. In other words, just about everything I cared about, everything I wished I could change in the world, was improved with being happy.”

Children from Denmark co-housing community

Children from Denmark co-housing community

 The greatest lesson I learned while making this film is that my pursuit of happiness is not about me. It’s about our relationships and how we help each other. It’s about us.”



Paul Hemphill, one of the organizers of the Centre for Life screening said:

 “Our event will be so much more than a typical cinema screening. The doors will open an hour beforehand for the chance to chat and make new friends over a drink. And then afterwards, for those who want to stay, there will be time to discuss the film with a panel of local experts. We hope that the whole event will be an incredibly rewarding and potentially life changing experience for everyone who attends.

Local business owners Mike Cockburn (Sogno), Paul Hemphill (Horizons Life Coaching), Jan Etoile (Etoile Enterprises), Justin Souter (Souter Consulting), and Emily Sweetman (Emily Sweetman Limited) are the organisers of the event. Each of them has an interest in coaching, personal development, training, wellbeing and organisational improvement.

Screenings take place at 3pm (Doors open 2pm) or 7.30pm (Doors open 6:30pm) at Centre for Life conference centre, Newcastle on Saturday 11 February 2012. Tickets cost £10 or £7.50 (concessions).

Life conference and banqueting centre

Life Conference and Banqueting Centre

Matinee tickets are available from http://happynortheastmatinee.eventbrite.com and evening tickets from http://happynortheastevening.eventbrite.com

More information can be found at: http://www.worldhappyday.com


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