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VIDEO: What is happiness?

Irish director Conor Horgan asked pensioners, children, homeless people, advertising executives, recovering addicts and more about their experiences of happiness.

Image: Director Conor Horgan via Vimeo

WHAT MAKES YOU happy? And just what is happiness?

Irish filmmaker Conor Horgan set out to ask people just that, speaking to pensioners, children, drag queens, homeless people, recovering addicts, shoppers and more about their thoughts on happiness.

Do material things make you happy, or is happiness down to emotions and experiences outside of the material realm? What is your happiest memory?

For some, happiness is intangible; for others, happiness is fleeting.

A number of the most thought-provoking answers in this video come from those of a young age, while people with more life experience show that they know happiness often comes when least expected.

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(Conor Horgan/Vimeo)

VIDEO: Can you tell us how to be happy?

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