8:30pm – Monday, November 15 on ABC1
What is the key to real, sustained happiness.
Why are some people perpetually happy while others seem doomed to a life of misery? Is it love, money, good looks or good genes? Or is happiness really all in the mind.
In recent years, science has made significant progress towards understanding the concept of happiness, answering questions that have plagued mankind throughout history.
Scientists have discovered that happiness is not just a fleeting emotion or an inborn quality that some people are blessed with. Rather, it is a skill that can be cultivated and the knock-on effects can be seen in our brains, bloodstreams and behaviour. What’s more, happiness is contagious.
For the first time ever, in Making Australia Happy, the latest and most fascinating research from the science of happiness has been compiled, consolidated and taken for a test drive on the suburban streets of Sydney.
In this three-part series, eight ordinary people from one of Australia’s most miserable areas embark on an extraordinary journey. Hoping to find greater fulfilment and meaning in their lives, they’ve signed up to an eight-week happiness program. They’ll work with an elite team of experts, and undergo a series of scientifically validated experiments and challenges based on positive psychology, mindfulness and mind-body interventions. What they experience will change their lives, and what they discover could enrich us all.