Making Sense of Happiness



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Date of this Version

Spring 2015


Mashup, 2015


This video won second prize in the 2015 Video contest celebrating student creativity with video and multimedia. The contest theme for 2015 was "What Does Healthy Look Like?" Happiness is such an essential part of health and overall wellness, but what exactly is happiness? I decided to embark on a documentary project to find out, asking both friends and strangers on Penn's campus and nearby in West Philly what happiness means to them. Each person had very interesting definitions, but one theme that came up several times is that happiness is a choice. Happiness is very complex and subjective to be sure, but this struck me as an important truth; we do have a part in our own happiness, and I think that is something important to keep in mind. Credits: Penn students interviewed: Ahmed Mohieldin, Ashleigh Morgan, Vinita Saggurti, Vinesh Arun Vinarun, Melanie Mariano, Simon Benigeri, Jeremy Cohen, Chelsea Atkins, Alex Polyak, Sumun Khetpal, Hynn Jun Kim, Noelle Mcmanus ; People from outside of Penn interviewed: Dana Caputo and Emily Mayer.



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