“Finding Happiness” is a film that captures a joyful reality. With a unique story directly from the heart and soul of each person who has lived it. Told through the eyes of a New York investigative journalist, Finding Happiness takes us on a journey to see how people can live in harmony, collaboration, compassion, cooperation, peace and love together in a conscious community called Ananda – which means “joy”. Written by Dea Shandera
Juliet Palmer, an investigative reporter, receives an unusual assignment from her boss at Profiles magazine: she’ll visit a spiritual community in northern California that has developed alternative solutions to the world’s problems. While at Ananda Village, she’ll interview members of the community and its visionary founder. With a fair portion of skepticism and a dash of curiosity, Juliet embarks on a journey that will open her eyes and change her life. fandinghappinesssbanner                   Filmed on location at the Ananda communities in California, Italy, and India, Finding Happiness follows fictional reporter Juliet as she talks with the real residents of Ananda, who answer her questions and welcome her to a reality she had never imagined possible.
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Here is a Sunday Satsang from the Ananda comunity in India where the topic is the movie “Finding Happiness”:
USER REVIEW: Up in Northern California there is the Ananda Community. It is community that practices sustainability and kindness and looks at these attributes as being the key to prolonged happiness. This of course runs counter to our western capitalistic ideals that teach that material things and success equate happiness. The film follows a fictionalized reporter who travels to Ananda community at the behest of her editor. At first she is dismissive, but as she learns more about their practices she becomes open to their way of life (even trying yoga for the first time!) The end result is a changed perspective that we can leave a more benevolent and synergistic lifestyle. The movie’s message left me feeling inspired! There are films that entertain, there are films that make you think and then there are films that inspire! “Finding Happiness” is one of those rare films that inspires you to live a better life. Profiling the Ananda community in Northern California this film follows a fictional journalist as she travels to the Ananda community for an assignment. At first she is skeptical thinking it is all new age nonsense. As she meets members and experiences the community she grows to realize that maybe this community knows something that we in the “real world” do not mainly that true happiness is not derived from material things. Although this film did not make me want to move up to Northern California it did cause me to re-evaluate certain truths I believed.