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What makes you ... 'Happy'?

Ever wonder why you're not more happy? Turns out it's not all your fault. Or your parents'. According to brain researchers, a good 50 percent of our ability to feel happiness is hard-wired. Some of you naturally are. Some of the rest of us naturally aren't.

Of the other 50 percent, only 10 percent is due to factors oveer which we can exert some sort of control. Like smiling. And working out. And meditating. And doing good work. Etc. The other 40 percent is, it seems, fairly mysterious.

Actually, I find most brain science mysterious. Which is why I get so interested in movies such as "Happy," which opens Friday at the Magic Lantern. What with an array of researchers on hand, filmmaker Roko Belic has made science easy to accept, if not completely understand.

Of course, Belic takes us into the real world, too, demonstrating that - beyond a certain point - happiness isn't tied to money. Turns out the range of happiness between making $5,000 and $50,000 a year is noticeable, but the range between $50,000 and $5 million is not.

If true, that would explain a lot.

Below: The trailer for "Happy."

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