What Is The Secret Of Happiness The School of Jessica Kellgren Fozard – Free Ebook

NARRATOR: This is Walter.

This is Walter’s human,


This is Jessica’s fridge.

And this is a film
about happiness.

The School of Life is sending
some of YouTube’s most
popular creators

on a series of field trips
to explore

some of philosophy’s
most intriguing ideas.

This time,
Jessica Kellgren-Fozard

a content creator
with more subscribers

than the population of Iceland,

the second-happiest
nation on Earth,

is finding out what most of us

are getting wrong
about happiness.


As long as humans have
traveled the Earth,

people have been motivated
by one thing above all.

-The desire to be happy.

But we humans seem to have
an uncanny knack

of making ourselves miserable.

Why? What are most of us
getting wrong about happiness?

And how could we all
strive to be happier?

Oh, that is a tough question.

NARRATOR: Maybe to understand,

we need someone with
a different outlook on life.

That’s where Jessica comes in.

Jessica suffers from
nerve disorder HNPP,

and rare auto-immune
disorder MCTD.

Which means she sometimes
has to use a mobility aid.

I’m mostly deaf and
partially visually impaired.

NARRATOR: Jessica doesn’t
let it get her down.

I guess that’s why
you’ve asked me

to be your exhibit on
happiness in this film.

It’s important to remember

that I have the same needs
and desires for happiness,

just like everyone else.

It’s just that I faced
a fair few obstacles
along the way.

And, I guess that’s given me
a unique perspective

on what actually
makes people happy.

NARRATOR: Couldn’t have
said it better myself.

So what do people think
is the key to happiness?

We went on to the streets
of Brighton,

where Jessica lives,
to find out.

Hmm. That’s a good question.

Financial stability, probably.

A hundred grand a year, I guess.

More money,

and a nicer car.

Probably like a Chanel bag
or something, yeah.

Um, enough money
to travel the world.

Shares in a business.

Just to be able to
buy a house would be, uh,

would be nice.

A plane.

NARRATOR: But are money,
cars, a bag and a plane

really what would make
the good people
of Brighton happy?

Or might the secret
of true happiness

be a little more surprising?

A 60-second guide
to happiness.

The belief that we have
a right to happiness

is a very modern idea,

like Segways or selfies,

but no one can agree
what makes us happy.

Many think that material wealth
will do the trick,

but as societies become richer,

they tend to become
more miserable.

The ancient Greeks had
very different concepts
of happiness

to our ideas based on
what we own or how we feel.

Aristotle defined happiness
as eudaimonia,

a state achieved by living
a virtuous life and doing
good things.

While the Stoics believed
that true happiness

comes from not expecting
very much.

Then, in the 20th century,

happiness became all about
how we feel, not what we do,

and when chemists discovered

that the feeling of happiness
can be stimulated
by amphetamines,

a billion-dollar industry
was born.

Now, happy pills like Adderall

and anti-depressants
like Prozac

are taken by hundreds
of millions of people
every day.

But do they actually
make us happy?

The Auschwitz survivor
Viktor Frankl echoed
the ancient Greeks,

saying that happiness
is served by selfless acts.

The more you pursue happiness,

the less likely it is
to come to you.

So, is happiness something
we can all find

if we just stop looking
for it so hard?

What does our happiness
expert Jessica think?

Because I have health problems,

I’ve had to learn
to find happiness

when my body is trying
to bring me down.

As such, I developed
a pretty unique perspective

on what actually
makes us happy.

And thus I present…



Human connection is the most
vital path to happiness.

There’s moments when we open up

and share our mushy,
vulnerable insides

with someone else’s
mushy, vulnerable insides.


Living with a disability
and chronic illness,

I’ve had many,
many horrible days,

when things have gone
badly wrong and I’ve
ended up in hospital

in excruciating pain
and the edge of dying.

But that’s not today.

And that’s really
important to remember.

-And to celebrate…

…the amazing things
about today,

both big and small.

Even if that’s something
as little as having
your favorite drink.


I accept my limitations,
because by setting a limit,

I also set myself free

within that framework
that I’ve created.


Happiness might come
all in a rush from
a big development.

But it’s sweeter when
it builds from tiny drops
within your day.

Whether that’s a warm bath,

a beautiful dress,
a good night’s sleep.


NARRATOR: Thanks, Tilly.


Love doesn’t have to be grand
and obvious and involve a ring
and marriage.

It can also be
the simple kindness

from one human to another.

By showing other people love,

we show ourselves love too.


We can nourish our happiness
with the love and care
of personal growth.

Every time I develop
my skills and abilities,

I feel the warmest
inner glow of pride.


I find happiness
in the smallest things.

My wife’s smile,
my puppies’ excitement,

a walk on the beach at sunset,

what could be happier than that?


We all have
pretty strange ideas
about happiness,

really, don’t we?

We often strive for things
that just aren’t possible,

and then get upset
when they don’t happen.

I believe that happiness
should be like health.

Something that we prioritize
and acknowledge takes work.

We’ve all been dealt
different cards in life,

but only through acceptance

of our misfortunes and what
we’re missing

can we truly see the beautiful
things that we do have in life,

and, goodness,
isn’t that lovely?

So, that’s my list of what
makes me really,
genuinely happy.

But my challenge to you

is to think about what
that is in your own life.

And then, to live it.

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