Swedish television has been running a series called The Pursuit of Happiness (Jakten på Lyckan) with the somewhat morose yet refreshingly pragmatic presenter Hanna Hellquist. The series looks into the contemporary obsession with happiness that has spawned a whole industry of self-help books and programs and asks the question of whether we can learn to become happier. Hanna's melancholic temperament and her history of depression gives context to the journey of exploration through everything from dolphin therapy to hypnosis.
At the end of the journey the conclusion seems to be that excessive soul searching and questioning of whether we're happy enough is something that actually makes us more unhappy. Worrying over happiness is a luxury problem.
Hanna is quite a strong character so I wanted to capture her somewhat pouty, sulky, yet determined personality.