The Economics of Happiness

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For the economic theory, see happiness economics.
The Economics of Happiness
Directed by Steven Gorelick
Helena Norberg-Hodge
John Page
Produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge
Narrated by John Page
Music by Florian Fricke
Edited by Anna Fricke
Army Armstrong
Meredith Holch
Release dates
  • 11 January 2011 (2011-01-11)
Running time
68 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Economics of Happiness is a 2011 documentary film directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, and produced by the International Society for Ecology and Culture. It has won "Best in Show" at the Cinema Verde Film and Arts Festival, "Best Direction" from EKOFilm 2011 (Czech Republic), "Judges' Choice" and "Audience Choice" at the Auroville International Film Festival (India), an "Award of Merit" from the Accolade Film Festival, and several other awards.


The film features many voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. While government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power, people around the world are resisting those policies and working to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm: an economics of localization.


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