How to be Happy (According to “Trolls”)

I don’t know about your kiddos, but the one thing that gives me a few minutes of peace is putting on “Trolls”. I don’t like having television take care of my son very often, but mama’s gotten clean because we also don’t want to be living in a giant pile of garbage…so it’s a trade off.

So guess what we have watched multiple times this week alone? Trolls!

It’s a cute movie, it’s colorful, they sing and they dance, I can see why my little one likes it so much.  In addition to being adorable, there are some powerful life lessons contained in this little film. (Below is a picture of my little sweetie, a cheese crunchy in each hand, absolutely enthralled).


A quick warning, if you haven’t seen it yet, this contains spoilers. If you haven’t seen it, go ahead and buy it using the link at the bottom of the article! Because it is amazing. You need it in your life, trust me!

1. Happy people know that they are responsible for their own happiness.

The main storyline of the movie is that the Bergens can only be happy if they eat a troll. They RELY on them to be happy. On the other hand, the trolls make their own happiness. They have a positive attitude, and everything they do contributes to making their lives wonderful.

When the trolls escape, the Bergens throw the chef out of town. It is all HER fault that they can’t be happy, and that they are miserable. They refuse to take any responsibility for their own happiness.

If you wait for someone to improve your life, you will be waiting for a long time. Its no one’s job other than your own.


2. Happy people have happy habits

The trolls are almost always happy. They do things that make them happy. They dance, they sing, they hug (every hour!), and they scrapbook.

What about the Bergens, what do they do? They can be found kicking each other, giving each other wedgies, digging their own graves (literally!). They do things that contribute to their misery.

Think about what you do on a daily basis. Are your habits making you happy or sad?

3. You can convince yourself of (almost) anything if you try hard enough.

The Bergens are convinced that the only thing that can make them happy is eating a troll. It is apparent at a few different times in the movie that this simply isn’t true, but they believe it. They are so convinced that it’s the only way to be happy because they truly believe it.

We can convince ourselves that we are sad, and it can become true. We can also convince ourselves that we are happy. Think of Princess Poppy yelling  “I haven’t been this excited since, I can’t remember when!”, when things are not going well at all for her. We can’t talk ourselves out of all states of sadness or depression, but often we control our state of mind. I hate to break it to you, but often you decide how you will feel.

4. The space you live in, and the clothes you wear affect your mood.

Compare the living spaces of the Bergens and that of the trolls. The trolls live in a bright, happy clean place. The Bergens live in a dark, dirty town. They cut the blooms off of the flowers, the heads off their yard flamingos.

The trolls (the ones who wear clothes!) wear bright and happy clothes. The Bergens wear ill-fitting, dirty, and dark clothes.

You don’t have to wear neon colored clothes by any means, (or even super expensive ones!) but wear something that makes you feel good about yourself. Something clean that you can feel confident in. A good outfit goes a long way to improving your mood. As far as your living space goes, you don’t need to live in the fanciest house, but  make sure the space you live in makes you feel good.

5. Making someone else happy makes us happy. (It’s contagious!)

At the end, when there is no visible hope and this trolls are sad, we see Princess Poppy (and all the other trolls) turn gray and lose all of their vibrant color. They all become the same color as Branch. (Side note: as a pessimist who is working to improve, I love Branch. He is so cranky and always convinced that the world is ending. I absolutely identify with that cute little grouch!)

Branch starts to sing, and Princess Poppy begins to regain her color. After Poppy regains her color, Branch gets his color again. By making his friend happy, Branch becomes happy. And then all of the trolls become happy, and regain their vibrant colors.

In the end of the movie, the trolls show the Bergens how to be happy. The trolls helped creatures who wanted to eat them! That is the definition of being selfless.

Sometimes helping someone else is the only way to find happiness ourselves. It is easy to get lost in our own sadness, and service is the best way to get out of a funk.

6. Happy people don’t dwell on negative thoughts

Everone has negative thoughts. It’s not like the trolls didn’t have negative thoughts. When Princess Poppy finds herself thinking negatively, she says, “No! I can’t think that way!” and she moves on. The Bergens on the other hand, stew in negativity. I have found that it is much easier to replace negative thoughts with positive ones than to simply remove a negative thought. Take a leaf out of the trolls book and sing an upbeat song!

6. Your circumstances don’t doom you to sorrow (Or guarantee you happiness).

Bridget, (A scullery maid in the Bergentown castle) who had led a sad and dreary life previously was able to find true happiness. King Gristle was able to find happiness although he had never eaten a troll. Branch was able to find happiness in spite of his tragic past.


On the other hand, Creek (blessed with good looks and charisma) betrayed his friends and because of that he did not live happily ever after. We can be born into difficult circumstances, and find happiness if we put forth the effort. We can be born with every advantage the world and be miserable. Your life is truly what you make it.

What other kids movies do you think contain valuable life lessons? Post in the comments below!

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