Thursday, December 8th, 2016



Film Summary

Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?

Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues” now brings us HAPPY. HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.


Film Trailer   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcMQmuvzPmI





happy-lbLinda Bastone

Assistant Professor of Psychology at SUNY, Purchase; Chair, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Bastone received her BA in psychology and philosophy from SUNY Binghamton and her PhD in social-personality psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her main research interests include the self, emotions, and the causes and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. She is committed to access and excellence in higher education, and to finding ways to increase student engagement and success.


happy3Deborah Meryl Cerbini ,

Certified Life Coach, Site Coordinator

Engage Jewish Service Corps.

Debra is a certified laughter leader, with a lifelong interest in the pursuit of happiness.  A published author, she is currently working on a book entitled Practical Guide for the Slightly Depressed and a High Spirits card deck, both with the goal of uplifting moods and improving the quality of daily life.  Debra is the Northern Westchester Site Coordinator for Engage Jewish Service Corps, working with baby boomers volunteering in Westchester County.


happy4Wendy Wollner

CEO and Founder, Balancing Life’s Issues.

With over 25 years of experience she has built and oversees a network of over 1500 BLI trainers who bring work/life balance programs to corporations, not-for-profit organizations, employee assistance programs, and educational institutions. Wendy received a master’s degree in industrial psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Executive MBA program through WBENC and Tuck Business School. She is a past board member of The United Way, and currently holds a board position for Volunteer NY.





“…This compelling picture is for anyone who thinks they’re happy, anyone who’s ever been depressed, anyone who’s tasted happiness and then watched it slip out of their fingers, anyone who feels like they’ve spent their whole life chasing happiness, and especially for anyone who’s given up on happiness or are feeling like they want to give up.

This movie is for you. For me. For everyone. It brings full circle a wealth of scientific, empirical, and national research on happiness and delivers it in a documentary-type format so mesmerizing you’ll be recommending it to friends and family before you get halfway through.


It’s a movie so revealing, inspiring, sobering, and convincing that I personally feel we should watch this movie in groups, as couples, as families, as friends, as coworkers, as companies. It’s that powerful….The relationship between happiness and exercise, connection, community, cooperation, and compassion are uniquely explored. A magnifying glass is held up to things we’ve been taught will make us happy, like success, money, and beauty…This isn’t a movie that tells you what to do. Just like a good teacher, it shows you what’s possible, even in situations that seem impossible.The rest is up to you.

Monique Minahan is a writer, yogi, and lover of life


A pleasant if lightweight plea for folks to quit the rat race and stop and smell the roses….Dennis Harvey

A grab bag of ideas about how to transcend everyday misery, using insights from an international group of scientists, religious and government figures, and regular people. Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle