Six Things About Happiness

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Last week Six Things: Sagmeister & Walsh, a new show focused on an ongoing project about happiness by Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh 08 GD, opened at The Jewish Museum in NYC. Just last spring, Sagmeister invited the über-talented young alum to become a partner in his NYC-based design firm.

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The partners made a splash with the nude portrait of themselves they sent out to announce the birth of Sagmeister & Walsh, which is known for its smart, playful, tactile, existential and multidisciplinary approach to design.

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Making the typographic film If I Don’t Ask I Won’t Get

As Walsh explains in this post, Sagmeister has been researching the nature of happiness for almost a decade, wondering: “Is it possible to train my mind in the same way I train my body?” In Six Things, the studio is presenting five short films and a sculpture investigating factors that contribute to his own happiness, namely: 

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  • If I Don’t Ask I Won’t Get
  • Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development 
  • Be More Flexible
  • It Is Pretty Much Impossible to Please Everybody
  • Now Is Better
  • Feel Others Feel

Given a recent nationwide survey that says Jews report the highest levels of well-being among all religious groups, Sagmeister & Walsh present their personal meditation on happiness along with some interesting supporting data.

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Six Things continues at The Jewish Museum through August 4. 

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