How can The Pursuit Of Happyness Movie Improve Your Life?

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As a human, we are actually having so many mistakes in our life, no matter who you are. In my past article about 10 Movies That Will Change Your Life, I mentioned  that we need to choose a good movie in order to avoid the bad effect of the movie, and The Pursuit of Happyness movie seems to be liked by some of the readers.

So, it’s a good reason for you to watch this movie because there’s a lot of moral value that will open your mind and eventually improve your life.

The Unusual Misspeling in The Pursuit of Happyness Movie

Before we move further, do you notice the spelling in the movie is misspelling? It may seems weird, but that is the real title of the movie. It is called The Pursuit of Happyness, not The Pursuit of Happiness.

The Pursuit of Happiness movieAs you can see above, there is another movie with Pursuit of Happiness title too, but this is a whole different movie. The unusual spelling in the Pursuit of Happyness movie title is coming from a mural on a wall. Why it is like that will be answered shortly after you know a bit about the true story behind this movie.

Yes, this movie is based on a true story in real life.

“If you want somehin’, Go Get It. Period.

– Chris Gardner

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The Pursuit Of Happyness is actually the real story of Chris Gardner’s early life. Who is Chris Gardner? His real name is Christopher Paul “Chris” Gardner. He is an American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author and philanthropist.

So the movie tells us about the struggle of his life and Gardner realize that his story had Hollywood potential after an overwhelming national response to an interview he did with 20/20 in January 2002, then he published his autobiography on May 23, 2006, before becoming an associate producer of the major motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness on December 15, 2006.

Chris Gardner - The real man behind The Pursuit of Happyness

The Real Chris Gardner

So it is interesting if we realize that the title said Happyness, not Happiness. The unusual spelling comes from a sign Gardner saw when he was homeless in the past, Gardner sees on the wall outside the daycare facility that his son attends. Then Gardner complained to the owner of the daycare that “happiness” is incorrectly spelled as “happyness” and needs to be changed.

A Glimpse of The Movie’s story

The Pursuit of Happyness Movie PosterThe movie actually tells the story about Chris Gardner (Will Smith) and Linda (Thandie Newton) as his wife and of course their five years old son, Christopher (Jaden Smith). Gardner is a salesman and Linda is working as a hotel maid. Gardner is a salesman of portable bone-density scanners.

One day when Gardner tries to sell his scanners in downtown, he meets Jay Twistle (Brian Howe), a manager of Dean Witter Reynolds and Gardner impresses him by solving a Rubik’s cube during a taxi ride with Jay Twistle.

Now, Gardner has a new relationship with Jay Twistle and it gives him a chance to become an intern stockbroker. The day before the interview to be a stockbroker, Gardner agrees to paint his apartment in order to postpone from being evicted due to his difficulty in paying the rent.

Will Smith and Jaden Smith in the movie

Will Smith and Jaden Smith in the movie

While painting, Gardner is greeted by the police at his doorstep and he ordered Gardner to spend one night in the jail because of his accumulation of his parking tickets. But, he must not late to come for his interview tomorrow, then Gardner manages to arrive at Dean Witter’s office on time with a shabby clothes. Despite of his appearance, he got success to impress the interviewers and lands an internship with amongst 20 interns competing for a paid position as a broker.

Gardner’s unpaid internship doesn’t please Linda as his wife. After Gardner says that Linda is incapable of being a single mother, she agrees that Christopher will remain with his father. After that tragedy, Gardner and his young son are evicted for so many unpaid income taxes in his bank account.

They are homeless now and forced at one point to stay in a restroom at a Bart Station. Will he continue his struggle or just sitting idly with the hope that money will eventually come by itself?

It is best for you to know the rest of the story by watching it directly to know how Gardner eventually overcome his situation and become successful like now :) Watching it directly will give you more emotional feeling and motivation boost.

The Positive Values from The Movie Can Improve Your Life

There are so many lessons that we can pick one of it. This is a list of moral values that I know we can get from watching this movie and will certainly improve your life:

  • The road to happiness is full of setbacks
  • Don’t ever give up easily in every problem
  • There is never any excuse not to try
  • Sometimes you have to take a step back to take another step forward
  • Believe in yourself and your dream

The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.”

– Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness.

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Let’s start to think, what have we done in our life until this time? Do you complain in every problem in your life? Do you give up easily in some problems in your life?

Are you happy right now?

Let me tell you something, life is about the process. You know that God will never change your life if you just wasting your time. Look at Gardner, can you imagine how hard is his life? Look at his responses in every problem, he never gives up and he believes in himself then he proves that he can.

If you think you are not happy right now, find a way to pursue your happiness. You can look at Gardner’s example, or you can read this article about learning to be happy by understanding self determination definition.

I hope that this article can help you to find an inspiration to change your perspective in life. The Pursuit of Happyness movie proves it in the story. You can just adjust it and implement the moral value in your life. Remember that life is the process to pursuit your happiness. Do leave a comment if you have any food for thought :)

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Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.

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  1. Juan

    After reading your article I have spoken with several friends and I asked them if any of them saw the movie you recommend.They highly recommended it. They even told me about how it has changed the way they see things.

    I love the idea of always being in the lookout for happiness, there is always a way to find it. I am curios about the idea of watching a movie who can have such a positive impact in my life. I am looking forward of watching this movie and finding out how it can improve my life. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Juan, thanks for reading too :) Watching a movie is useful to gain some moral and positive values, and this one movie provides a LOT of those values. Hence, just like your friends, I recommend to watch this movie when you have time :)

  2. angelicamaney

    Nice Article! I haven’t seen that movie since it first came out. I wasn’t actually a big fan of the movie. Maybe because I’m more of an action movie type of girl. But it certainly does have a great message. And I did always wonder about the Happyness spelling. Thanks for clearing that up a bit.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Haha you’re welcome Angel. I was confused to at first but after doing some research, I found out about the intended misspelling and also the other movie with correct spelling. Thanks for reading :)


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