July 2014 Newsletter

 

JULY 2014

In this Issue
Early Entry Prize Winner for Ashoka Changemaker/ Packard Foundation Challenge
Happiness after Loss Summit
Program launch in Trinidad & Tobago schools
Upcoming Events
Project Happiness Film Screening at the Impact Hub, Berkeley
August 12, 6:30 pm
Spanish Language Premiere of the Project Happiness Film at Anima Film Festival in Argentina, September
Project Happiness screening at the California Independent Film Festival, Sept 11-14
 

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Project Happiness Screenings
Dalai Lama Films
Would you like to host a screening of the Project Happiness film? For details on how to screen the film for your school. community or organization, contact us or fill out our Screening Request form.

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About Us
 
Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 organization, specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of any age and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the U.S. and the world. Our purpose is to provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness.

Drawn from research in positive psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness, our strength-based approach teaches vital social and emotional skills. Using books, film and educational programs, we’re empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.

 

Happy Summer!

I hope you are taking the time to savor the sunshine, outdoors and if you’re lucky, some lazy days too. Summer goes by quickly, so enjoy these snapshot moments. That’s what you’ll remember long after the seasons have changed.
Here at Project Happiness, this time of year is very inspiring as we ramp up to what’s coming. We are honored to have won the early entry prize in the Ashoka Changemakers/Packard Competition  – Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge.  This is a fresh look at community building and we’re delighted to be part of it.
On the film front, the Spanish Language Premiere of the Project Happiness Film will take place at the Anima 13th. The film will also be featured at the California Independent Film Festival.

It was a pleasure to speak at the Happiness After Loss Summit, which explores the keys to happiness after a major life change, whether personal or professional. You are invited to listen to this free series, which provides practical tips to use now.

For our friends, we wanted to let you know first about two exciting new programs – one for a major youth partnership, and another that has to do with creating happiness in your community. Stay tuned…

Wishing you sunny days and special times with family and friends…enjoy!

 

 

With love,

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Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness


Project Happiness selected as an Early Entry Prize Winner and a Semi-Finalist for Ashoka Changemakers/Packard Foundation challenge

 

Project Happiness is thrilled to be selected as one of two Early Entry Prize Winners and a Semi-Finalist for Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge out of more than 200 entries, thus joining the network of changemakers that are cultivating empathy skills to strengthen communities. Ashoka Changemakers and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation launched this challenge to discover and support innovative ideas that activate empathy to nourish stronger, more vibrant communities and future changemakers. 


Happiness After Loss Summit – free online event

 

Randy Taran joins 20 other experts at the Happiness After Loss Summit. 
Listen in to our free online event where our experts share simple steps you can take to bring joy back into your life and live a life full of energy, fulfillment and happiness. This 21-day online event begins August 1, so register early to secure your spot right from day one. 

 


Trinidad & Tobago – Program launch in Fall
We are excited to be launching our curriculum in two schools in Trinidad &Tobago in September. Our books and DVDs will be used by educators in schools countrywide. The school administration and several volunteers are on board to facilitate the launch. The program will be expanded to several other schools upon successful initial launch. 


The Science of Happiness – Free Online Course

 

The first MOOC to teach positive psychology – learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life. Join tens of thousands of others for this free online course offered by the Center for Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Sign up today.

 

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SEPTEMBER 2012

In This Issue
Hungry 4 Happiness
Project Happiness Launches Elementary Education
TEDx Video: Randy Taran, Sustainability and Happiness

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Hugh Jackman and Laughing Man Worldwide Get Hungry 4 Happiness!

Hugh Jackman/Photo by Steve Vas
Laughing Man Worldwide, a company started by partners David Steingard and Hugh Jackman have partnered with Project Happiness to bring you Hungry 4 Happiness. 
 
Laughing Man Worldwide sells coffee, tea and chocolate products with 100% of the profits going to educational charities.
 
Sign up to throw a party for a great cause and get a little bonus gift from our friends at Laughing Man!

 


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Film Screenings
Dalai Lama Films
The Project Happiness Film is screening worldwide.  Here is a partial list of our upcoming events.  If you would like to attend one of our events or would like to schedule a screening in your area, fill out our Screening Request Form.

 

SEPTEMBER
San Francisco, CA – 12th
Tehuacan, MEXICO – 12th
Stanford University – 13th
Port Macquarie, NSW, AUSTRALIA – 15th
Venice, CA – 23rd

OCTOBER
Stanford University – 2nd
Cupertino, CA – 4th
Moraga, CA – 11th
Seattle, WA – 18th
LaGrange, IL – 27th

To keep up with the latest on all our events, be sure to check out the events page of our web site.

 

Project Happiness Introduces Student Clubs 
Randy joins girls at a Project Happiness event.
 
Project Happiness is thrilled to introduce our Project Happiness clubs for students! This club program was created for students, by students and is a platform for them to take charge of their own happiness and activate positive changes in their communities.
 
This club was created as a way to develop leadership skills, to help out friends and to make a difference in your communities.   
Want to bring a Project Happiness club to your school? Contact us at 
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Brian Rusch named Chief Operating Officer of Project Happiness

Brian Rusch, the former Director of Communications for Project Happiness has been named as the Chief Operating Officer for the organization.  
Many of you know Brian from events and screenings. He began working with the organization in February 2011 and has been an integral part of the unprecedented growth of the organization over the last couple of years.

 


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Happiness In Motion

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I cannot even believe how fast the summer went – truly a blink of the eye! It was a fantastic time, full of travel and new experiences. It was also a time where we were in the flow creating the new programs you will read about below. It’s always been my dream to have a club setup, where students can tap into themselves, their wisdom and passion and use that to make a difference so I am thrilled that the Project Happiness Student Clubs are now launching. The elementary school program is complete and we have just announced Hungry 4 Happiness, a movement to spread happiness nationwide through individual screening parties. 

  

With this change in seasons, I invite you to look at what you want to evolve, what areas of yourself you want to grow, and what new adventures you would like to embark on? This is a time of possibility and of promise. Whatever you choose to focus on will have energy behind it. Your well being is CORE; it activates your joy and ripples out to those around you. Happiness is contagious and one of the most worthwhile practices EVER!!! This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ‘Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

 

Wishing you much happiness within and to share with others.

 

With love, 

 

 

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Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

 


It’s Time to Get Hungry 4 Happiness!

 

Nationwide, people always ask us how they can share the Project Happiness film with their friends.  What can they do to get more involved with Project Happiness in their community. We are thrilled to announce Hungry 4 Happiness, a viral movement where our greatest resources, all of YOU, help to share the message of Project Happiness in your communities!

 

The concept is simple. Sign up at Hungry4Happiness.org to host a meal and screening of Project Happiness. Invite your friends and request just a few things:

 

1. They make a small donation to Project Happiness (you can set the amount)

2. They come over, watch the film and have a discussion about how to increase the happiness in your lives and in your community.

3. Encourage them to host an event with a group of their friends.

 

Watch as the Project Happiness message grows out to all corners of the nation! In addition to a copy of the film, all screening hosts will get free access to the 7 Doors to Happiness, our online course for adults, as well as special gifts and discounts from our sponsors.

 

What are you waiting for, sign up and get Hungry 4 Happiness today!  http://www.hungry4happiness.org

 

 


Project Happiness Launches Elementary Education Program
Since we launched our SEL programs we have had a major request, why not create a program for elementary school educators?  We are thrilled to announce that beginning this month, in partnership with Edutopia, we are launching the Project Happiness Elementary Education program. Each lesson is presented through Randy Taran’s blog series and includes downloadable lesson plans.  This program presents creative ways to help elementary-age students develop foundational life skills.

Each of these concepts and corresponding lessons can
make a lasting difference in the life of a student. 

Elementary students at the Saklan School working with Project Happiness.


Randy Taran speaks on Sustainability and Happiness at August TEDx Mission Event.
TEDxMission: Sustainable Happiness at Randy Taran
TEDxMission: Sustainable Happiness at Randy Taran

 

Last month, at the gorgeous Madrone Studios in San Francisco’s Mission District, Randy Taran joined other experts for the TEDx Mission event on sustainability.

 

Thanks to the everyone at TEDx Mission, you can now watch the video of Randy’s talk – ENJOY!

About Us
Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 organization, specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of any age and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the U.S. and the world. Our purpose is to provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness.
Drawn from research in positive psychology and neuroscience, Project Happiness’ strength-based approach teaches vital social and emotional skills. Using books, film and educational programs, we’re empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.
 

AUGUST  2012

In This Issue
International Happiness Day
TEDx Mission Welcomes Randy Taran
Thanks to all of you!

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Project Happiness featured in this month’s
Common Ground

“In the Bay Area, Project Happiness is quickly becoming a “go-to” program for schools and youth organizations. Project Happiness has partnered with the San Francisco Wellness Initiative to bring the program to 16 high schools representing more than 7,000 students. In San Mateo County, Project Happiness is being used in support of RESPECT 24/7, an initiative to take a stand against bullying in every school in the county.”
 
This month in Common Ground magazine, there is a wonderful article on the work of Randy Taran and her Project Happiness educational programs. 

 

Click here to read the full article or look for Common Ground at locations throughout the Bay Area. 

 


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Film Screenings
Dalai Lama Films
The Project Happiness Film is screening worldwide.  Here is a partial list of our upcoming events.  If you would like to attend one of our events or would like to schedule a screening in your area, contact Brian Rusch – brian@projecthappiness.com

 

AUGUST
Santa Fe, NM – 3rd

SEPTEMBER
San Francisco, CA – 12th
Port Macquarie, NSW, AUSTRALIA – 15th

OCTOBER
Cupertino, CA – 4th
Moraga, CA – 11th
Seattle, WA – 18th

To keep up with the latest on all our events, be sure to check out the events page of our web site.

 

Back to School with Project Happiness 
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Did you now that Project Happiness offers our curriculum to schools at no cost to educators? All we ask is that teachers keep us informed as to how they are using our program and share any successes or ideas they may have.
If you would like to get Project Happiness into your school or if you have any stories to share about your experience with the program, please share them with us!  let us know on Facebook or email Jill@projecthappiness.org.
Agent of Happiness
Vaselka Kamenova

Every day, we meet people in the world who are doing their part to really spread happiness but even we were blown away by the work of Vaselka Kamenova.  Vesi, as she is known to her friends, started a Project Happiness club on her own in Sofia, Bulgaria and created a Facebook page to promote it which has now reached nearly 5000 members! Every day, Vesi shares her thoughts on happiness and translates information from our English page into Bulgarian.
We LOVE learning about these things and encourage all of you to do your part to spread happiness today!
If you would like to become a fan of Project Happiness – Bulgaria, visit Facebook.com/Proekt.Shtastie

 


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Summer Surprises

With the Prime Minister of Bhutan in Rio de Janeiro
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This summer has been one with many surprises for me. Who ever would have thought that I would be asked to speak in Bugaria on happiness? It turns out that though Bulgaria is ranked the second least happy country in the world, there is a group of visionaries there intent on increasing the happiness quotient countrywide. I met with the Minister of Education and Project Happiness will be part of that.

  

Just prior to that adventure I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, where I had the great fortune to film an interview with the Prime Minister of Bhutan.  We spoke about his most urgent message that Gross National Product is no longer enough; for long term sustainable development, we must consider Gross National Happiness. This message is spreading as I was invited to do a talk on Sustainable Development and GNH at TEDx Mission – it really is a small world!

In the midst of all of this, Team Happiness is hard at work preparing to release new curriculum: a club guidebook for high schools and lesson plans for the younger ones in elementary school – we are SO excited!

 

On a personal note, the weather is AMAZING and it’s such a pleasure to savor summer days with family and friends. Wishing you all the joys of summer – take it in – this is what memories are made of…

 With love,

 

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Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

 


United Nations Officially Recognizes International Happiness Day!

 

On July 10th, Project Happiness joined Club de la Felicidad as the official presenters of international Happiness Day. Throughout six continents, organizations celebrated happiness and shared with their communities how to best spread happiness throughout the world.

 

This years’ celebrations took on an extra special significance as the United Nations has decided to recognize International Happiness Day as an official day. The date has been moved to March but this culminates the efforts of so many presenters that have been working for this since Liberto Pereda Romera of Portugal launched the very first Happiness Day in 2008.

 

At Project Happiness we are proud to have been part of this momentous occasion and we look forward to celebrating with all of you on March 20, 2013 and in the years to come!

 

 


Randy Taran to be a Featured Speaker at Upcoming TEDxMission Event
Project Happiness founder Randy Taran will be speaking on Happiness & Sustainability at the TEDx Mission event on Regenerative Strategies in Sustainable Design. 
 
Randy, who just recently returned from meeting with world leaders at the Rio +20 U.N. Conference on Sustainability in Brazil, will be one of the featured speakers at the independently organized TEDx event and will be joining several other experts on sustainability. 
 
This event will be held at Madrone Studios in San Francisco on August 21. For more information or to get tickets, visit  www.tedxmission.org/.
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Thanks for all of your support!
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Project Happiness thrives thanks to the support of people like you!  This year so many of you have made contributions of time, knowledge and of course, money.

 

The Project Happiness team has worked passionately with the help of so many wonderful volunteers to expand the work of our organization throughout the United States and the world and we are well positioned to make an even bigger impact in 2012.

If you would like to be a volunteer with the Project Happiness offices in California or if you would like to volunteer to help bring Project Happiness programs to your area, please contact Emily Crubaugh – emily@projecthappiness.com

 

If you prefer to make a financial contribution, Project Happiness is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your tax-deductible gift would help to provide cholarships to schools in underserved communities, widen access to our programs for students in the U.S. and abroad, and keep extending the impact of our social change.

 

Thanks again for being part of the movement!

 

 

About Us
Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 organization, specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of any age and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the U.S. and the world. Our purpose is to provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness.
Drawn from research in positive psychology and neuroscience, Project Happiness’ strength-based approach teaches vital social and emotional skills. Using books, film and educational programs, we’re empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.

FEBRUARY 2012

In This Issue

CineCause presents Project Happiness
CMIA Construction Resumes

Thanks to all of you!

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Project Happiness welcomes Jill Pettegrew
As Project Coordinator, Jill acts as office manager, and manages the organization’s vast database of schools, volunteers, donors, and other friends of the project.

Jill comes to Project Happiness with over 15 years in non-profit experience ranging from healthcare to theatre to spiritual institutions. She holds a masters degree in counseling psychology with a specialty in somatics (mind/body), and is completing her training hours to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. Jill keeps a daily meditation and gratitude practice, co-facilitates women’s dance healing circles in the Bay Area, and has a long-standing massage therapy practice.
Film Screenings
Dalai Lama Films
The Project Happiness Film is screening worldwide. Here is a partial list of our upcoming events. If you would like to attend one of our events or would like to schedule a screening in your area, contact Brian Rusch – brian@projecthappiness.com

FEBRUARY
Santa Monica, CA – 10th
Santa Monica, CA – 12th
Kathmandu, Nepal – 23rd
Tehuacan, Mexico – 23rd
New York, NY – 27th
Sydney, Australia – 27th
New Greenwich, RI – 28th
Palo Alto, CA – 29th

MARCH
Berkeley, CA – 8th
San Mateo, CA – 17th
Los Angeles, CA – 17th
Western Springs, IL – 20th
Palatine, IL – 23rd

APRIL
U. of San Diego, CA – 10th

To keep up with the latest on all our events, be sure to check out the events page of our web site.


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Agent of Happiness Spotlight: Rachel Pastiloff


We originally met Rachel Pastiloff via Twitter when she had tagged us in several of her Twitter posts about happiness.
As one of our team of guest bloggers on the Project Happiness site, Rachel brings honest, raw emotion to her posts and we love having her voice as a contributor.
Rachel lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young sons, ages 5 and 2 1/2. In 2009 Rachel’s oldest son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome, with a diagnosis of autism to follow shortly after. The diagnosis was traumatic and forever altered the course of her life. Rachel has made it her mission to educate the world about children who have special needs and parents who raise children with special needs.
Between doctors appointments, therapy sessions, and the normal stuff everyday parents do, Rachel writes a blog – 3wordsfor365.com. Rachel and her sister Jennifer also run a charity called G.A.M.E. Yoga (www.gameyoga.org) that provides yoga for free to children with special needs. We are thrilled to have Rachel as an Agent of Happiness and are looking forward to many more contributions from her!

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Sharing the Caring

Randy Taran
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Valentine’s Day is next week. What does it represent to you: commercial exploitation by the greeting card, flower and chocolate industries to make you buy more? Or can it be a reminder of the capacity for pervasive love that we all carry within? From the day we are born, we not only need love for biological survival; we constantly give and generate love. It is truly how we are wired. Who cannot remember a special interchange that stirred the heart and opened up a deeper level of feeling alive? Why wait till Valentine’s Day to reflect on this topic? Love is a powerful catalyst of connection and as we give it more expression, it expands.

While romantic love can stir the senses, hormones and take over our lives, I invite you to consider a caring type of love, where we show compassion to ourselves and also demonstrate caring to others. It does not have to be spectacular or showy; deeply authentic and consistent expression builds the trust that is a pillar of lasting happiness. Be there for yourself, and care about others – family, friends, humanity. We are all in this together and have more power than we know to shape our collective future.

With love to all,

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Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness


CineCause Opening Night Celebration Featuring Project Happiness

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Ask anyone what they want most out of life and here is the most popular answer: To be happy. But what does it really mean to be happy? Stress is at near epidemic proportions in our schools. Depression is on the rise, and our globalization is causing problems all over the world. So what are the keys to everlasting happiness?

CineCause is a dynamic new organization striving to showcase films with meaning and their first showcase is all about happiness! Project Happiness headlines three award-winning films that all address the question – what does it mean to be happy?

Tomorrow, Friday, February 10th is the opening night reception for this weekend of happiness! This red carpet event is at the Edgemar Theater in Santa Monica and brought to by by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Yes! Magazine and Whole Foods. It will feature a Happiness Town Hall with Project Happiness creator Randy Taran as well as one of the students who participated in the original film and several of our Agents of Happiness from Southern California will be making special appearances. It will be a night you won’t soon forget!

In addition to the Friday night event, Project Happiness is also the closing night film for the showcase on Sunday, February 12th. Members from the Project Happiness team will be on hand to answer questions following the screening.

Tickets to both of these events are still available. Visit http://happinessshowcase.eventbrite.com to get yours today!


Construction Resumes on Creative Minds International Academy

Emanuel with kids


Despite waves of violence over the last month, we are pleased to report that construction on the new 5-classroom block for Creative Minds International Academy is well underway in Nigeria. Now that the turmoil has settled somewhat, the foundation has been laid and Emanuel has reported that they hope to have everything completed and roofed by early March 2012 before the rains come.

This project is possible thanks to the contributions of people like you. Emanuel has been able to raise approximately $9000 for the building efforts. If you would like to make a contribution toward helping Creative Minds International Academy, email brian@projecthappiness.com.


Thanks for all of your support!

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Project Happiness thrives thanks to the support of people like you! This year so many of you have made contributions of time, knowledge and of course, money.

The Project Happiness team has worked passionately with the help of so many wonderful volunteers to expand the work of our organization throughout the United States and the world and we are well positioned to make an even bigger impact in 2012.

If you would like to be a volunteer with the Project Happiness offices in California or if you would like to volunteer to help bring Project Happiness programs to your area, please contact Emily Crubaugh – emily@projecthappiness.com.

If you prefer to make a financial contribution, Project Happiness is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your tax-deductible gift would help to provide cholarships to schools in underserved communities, widen access to our programs for students in the U.S. and abroad, and keep extending the impact of our social change.

Thanks again for being part of the movement!

About Us
Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 organization, specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of any age and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the U.S. and the world. Our purpose is to provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness.

Drawn from research in positive psychology and neuroscience, Project Happiness’ strength-based approach teaches vital social and emotional skills. Using books, film and educational programs, we’re empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.
 

AUGUST 2011

In This Issue

Richard Gere – Humanitarian of the Year
Film wins top honors at SIYFF

Randy Taran joins Wisdom 2.0 Youth

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Project Happiness to Offer Free Events at the Happiness Institute
Join us on September 16th as we kick off our dynamic partnership with San Francisco’s Happiness Institute!  We are celebrating with a Happiness Happening which will feature two screenings of the Project Happiness film, interactive workshops presented by Randy Taran, music by DJ Matt Haze (of Bikes & Beats and Slayers Club), snacks and FUN!
Then, beginning on September 21st and continuing monthly, Randy Taran will be offering workshops based on the 7 Doors to Happiness curriculum.  All events are free and open to the public!  The Happiness Institute is located at 1720 Market Street in San Francisco, CA.  For more information, visit our Events Page and be sure to check out The Happiness Institute to see all the awesome events they have going on!
Film Screenings
Dalai Lama Films
The Project Happiness Film is screening worldwide.  Here is a partial list of our upcoming events.  If you would like to attend one of our events or would like to schedule a screening in your area, contact Brian Rusch – brian@projecthappiness.com

 

AUGUST
Singapore – 18th
Sausalito, CA – 20th
Las Vegas, NV – 26th

SEPTEMBER 
Boulder, CO – 9th
San Francisco, CA – 16th
Mumbai – 20th
Orlando, FL – 20-25th
Overland Park, KS – 30th
San Diego, CA – 30th

OCTOBER
Guam – 1st
Mountain View, CA – 26th

NOVEMBER
New York, NY – 10th
San Francisco, CA – 19th

To keep up with the latest on all our events, be sure to check out the events page of our web site.

 


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Project Happiness: How are you using it?
We are constantly inspired by all the new ways you “agents of happiness” have found to use the Project Happiness and we LOVE that you all are sharing them with us!  Two high schools in Pennsylvania – Obama High School and Allderdice High School both have been using the Project Happiness program as part of their summer literacy program.  In Toronto, Ontario, Dr. Danielle Rushkin has been using the program at the Chronic Pain Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children.
One of the most unique uses of Project Happiness is in Usher County, NY, Shari Gold has a program called “Karma in the Court” where she offers yoga and meditation to all county employees in the court house.  She added Project Happiness to the program in July as a way of bringing more mindfulness to the class.
We LOVE all of this; please keep us posted on how YOU are using the program. 

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THE SUMMER OF HAPPINESS! 

 

Randy with one of many new friends she made at the Tibetan Center in Kingston, NY

 

I hope summer has treated you well and that you’ve had a chance to savor some sweet moments.  It has been a wonderful summer for us with film screenings across the world, and awards to boot! We are so grateful to everyone who’s resonating with the message of hope and possibility that the film opens up. As we joke about here, our goal is “World Happiness Domination,” so this has been a dream come true.  Happiness is contagious, and together we ARE making a change.

More film festivals and workshops are around the corner including the awesome Wisdom 2.0 Youth Conference and a Happiness Series with the innovative Happiness Institute of San Francisco.  Join us if you can and be on the lookout for our new online course, coming soon. 

 

As summer winds down, do remember to put aside some time for you: time when you can connect with yourself, connect with the people you care about and connect with something greater however you define it.  

 

With love and happy wishes,

 

Randy 

Founder, Project Happiness

 


Richard Gere to Receive the “Humanitarian of the Year” Award from Vegas Cine Fest
Richard Gere

Richard Gere

The Vegas Cine Fest has announced they will be honoring actor RIchard Gere with the “Humanitarian of the Year” Award for his work in the film Project Happiness. 
In addition to this prestigious award, Vegas Cine Fest has chosen the Project Happiness film as an Official Selection at their festival and it is in contention for one of the major festival awards.
The Vegas Cine Fest will be held August 25th – 27th at the Tropicana Las Vegas. The Project Happiness film will be screening on Friday, August 26th at 3 PM and the awards will be on August 27th at 7 PM.
For ticketing info, please visit the festival web site at VegasCineFest.com


Project Happiness Receives Top Audience Award at Seoul International Youth Film Festival

SIYFF Awards
Award presentation at the 13th Annual SIYFF Awards

 

The Project Happiness film was awarded the “Eyes Award” last month at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) in Seoul, South Korea. 

Actors and other members of the South Korean film industry were on hand to watch Project Happiness with the audience and then participated in a Q&A discussion addressing the nature of happiness as well as the epidemic of highly publicized suicides in South Korea recently.

The Eyes Award is given to the film of the year and is selected by the SIYFF Audience Jury in the category of “It’s OK to Be Different”.   It is one of only seven audience awards given throughout the televised award ceremony.


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Wisdom 2.0 Youth – Mindfulness in a tech world.

Randy Taran will be leading a breakout session at Wisdom 2.0 Youth, a special event directed for parents, educators, and teens on September 17th in Silicon Valley.

With over 75% of teens now owning cell phones (sending or receiving over 3,000 texts per month) the impact of technology on young people has increased dramatically. This presents both great opportunities — and enormous challenges. This event asks, “How do we support the ‘inner technologies’ of mindfulness and wisdom in young people amidst an increasingly technology-saturated age?”

Speakers include Meng Tan (Jolly Good Fellow, Google); Daniel Siegel (UCLA psychiatrist); Susan Kaiser Greenland (Author of “The Mindful Child”); Eric Schiermeyer (Co-founder of Zynga, creator of CityVille and FarmVille); Michelle Gale (Learning and Development, Twitter); and many others. Randy Taran will be leading an interactive breakout session in the afternoon that will allow you to come away with effective practices, grounded in Social and Emotional Learning, to make a difference in the classroom or at home.

For more information on the Wisdom 2.0 Youth conference, please visit www.wisdom2youth.com. There are special discounts for youth, and a limited number of 50% discounts for the Project Happiness community. Enter “ProjectHappiness” under Discount Code on the registration page: http://wisdom2youth.com/Register 

About Us
Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 organization, specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of any age and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the U.S. and the world. Our purpose is to provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness.
Drawn from research in positive psychology and neuroscience, Project Happiness’ strength-based approach teaches vital social and emotional skills. Using books, film and educational programs, we’re empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.

July 2011 Newsletter

 

JULY 2011

In This Issue

Project Happiness in DC
Emmanuel Appointed New Program Director

Project Happiness Partners with Excelsior Youth Center

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Project Happiness Youth in Nigeria Donate to Less Priveledged
Nigeria Kids
Youths under the aegis of ‘Project Happiness’ in conjunction with ‘Save 1 More Child Foundation’, ‘All for a Child Today’ and ‘Kyas Kids Club’ on Saturday donated food and writing materials to sick and under-privileged children in Abuja.
The youths made the donations during visits to sick children at both Maitama and Wuse General Hospitals, as part of their humanitarian programme, tagged ‘Project Happiness Train’. (more)
Film Screenings
Dalai Lama Films
The Project Happiness Film is screening nationwide.  Here is a partial list of our upcoming events.  If you would like to attend one of our events or would like to schedule a screening in your area, contact Brian Rusch – brian@projecthappiness.com

 


Washington, DC – July 10 & 11
Woodstock, NY – July 12
New York, NY – July 15
Seoul, Korea – July 7-13
Las Vegas, NV – August 24

 


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Agent of Happiness Spotlight: Amanda Wyss
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Amanda Wyss
Those who know Amanda Wyss generally know her from her roles in Nightmare on Elm Street, Better Off Dead, Silverado or Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but it is her role as an activist for physical, emotional and mental wellness in teenagers that she is most passionate about.
Amanda was first introduced to Project Happiness at a Sneak Preview at USC.  She was literally brought to tears by the film and contacted us about bringing the film to her home of New Mexico where suicide rates are nearly double the national average.   She arranged for the film to screen at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe and worked tirelessly to lend her bring statewide attention to the film and the organization.
We are thrilled to have Amanda Wyss as one of our most active Agents of Happiness and send her a HUGE radiant heart of gratitude for everything she has done for the Project Happiness organization.

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AWARDS, FESTIVALS AND MORE! 

 

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Project Happiness at the Historic Oriental Theater

 

The last month has been truly amazing here at Project Happiness.  The film has been accepted at multiple film festivals both in the U.S. and abroad and we just won our first award for Feature Documentary!  The film really seems to be resonating with people and for this I am so grateful.

I have just returned from a whirlwind trip to through the western U.S. – screening of the film in Denver, Durango and Santa Fe as well as a truly amazing time at a trade show in Denver.  After a short break for the holiday, I am gearing up for another round of screenings on the east coast.  You would think that I would be exhausted but it is really true – happiness is a movement and the momentum I see from all of you keeps me so energized!  This next round of screenings is truly exciting and it is just the tip of the iceberg.  Be sure to keep checking the Project Happiness site for everything we have coming up in the next few months!  

 

With love and gratitude,

 

Randy 

Founder, Project Happiness

 


Project Happiness to Open in Washington, D.C.
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Dalai Lama speaks to kids in Project Happiness
In celebration the Dalai Lama’s visit to Washington, D.C., we will be presenting a special two-night screening of the film PROJECT HAPPINESS at the West End Cinema.  Following the screening, there will be a Q&A discussion with Project Happiness founder Randy Taran and a panel of special guests. 
This two-night event is on July 10th and 11th at 7:30 pm at the West End Cinema in Washington, D.C. and is open to the public.  Tickets are $10 and available through the West End Cinema box office or through their website – http://www.WestEndCinema.com


Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba Appointed Project Happiness Program Director for Africa
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Emmanuel with Archbishop Desmond Tutu

We are thrilled to announce that Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba has been appointed Project Happiness Program Director for our outreach on the African continent.  Emmanuel was a participant in the original Project Happiness project and is featured in the Project Happiness film.  He is the founder of Creative Minds International Academy and serves as Executive Director for the New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation – a Nigeria based nonprofit empowering youths in West Africa with capacities to emerge from a life on the streets to become leaders capable of helping themselves and their communities.  Emmanuel also serves as Council Ambassador to the Parliament of World Religions and as Global Ethics Stud Circle Coordinator for the Dalai Lama Foundation.

 

As program director for Africa, Emmanuel is striving to expand the Project Happiness movement to children, teens and young adults throughout the African continent.  His efforts have already brought the Project Happiness curriculum to more than one thousand students in Nigeria and he has just initiated efforts to bring Project Happiness to Liberia.

 

Emmanuel proudly states that Project Happiness is “the best thing to happen to my life.”  We are thrilled to have Emmanuel involved in an increased capacity, stay tuned for more developments on his work in Africa!


Excelsior Youth Center Joins Project Happiness for Denver Event!
Gericho from Excelsior Youth Center
Gericho from Excelsior Youth Center

In Denver, Colorado last month, Project Happiness was honored to meet the newest addition to our Happiness Coalition, Excelsior Youth Center.  EYC is a residential treatment program established in 1973 that serves girls between the ages of 11 and 18 with emotional and behavioral difficulties.  They are committed to the treatment and education of these young women and strive to enhance their successful reintegration into their families and communities.

 

Project Happiness partnered with EYC to have a special screening of the Project Happiness film at Denver’s historic Oriental Theater – an event that served as a benefit for EYC and raised awareness of both organizations.  As an added bonus, several of the girls from the program were on hand to watch the film.  One of EYC’s success stories, Gericho, joined Randy Taran on the panel to discuss the great work the two organizations are doing.

 

In addition to the money raised from the evening’s screening, Project Happiness donated books and curriculum to Excelsior Youth Center.  For more information on this amazing organization, please visit www.excelsioryc.org.  If you know of an organization that you think would make a good coalition partner with Project Happiness, please contact Kavita at kavita@projecthappiness.com to discuss how our organizations could work together. 

About Us
Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 organization, specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of any age and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the U.S. and the world. Our purpose is to provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness.
Drawn from research in positive psychology and neuroscience, Project Happiness’ strength-based approach teaches vital social and emotional skills. Using books, film and educational programs, we’re empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.

May 2011 Newsletter

 

MAY 2011

In This Issue

Randy Taran’s TEDX Workshop
New Project Happiness Site
Project Happiness Goes Collegiate

New Film Trailer

Quick Links

Randy Taran at
CEO Space
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Activating the Happiness Advantage with Project Happiness founder 
Randy Taran,
presented by CEO Space.
Wednesday, June 1st from 6:30 – 9:00 PM 
Location: The Cove
This talk is free and open to the public.  To attend please RSVP to Caral Newman
415-948.8808

 

Film Screenings
Dalai Lama Films
The Project Happiness Film is screening nationwide.  Here is a partial list of our upcoming events.  If you would like to attend one of our events or would like to schedule a screening in your area, contact Brian Rusch – brian@projecthappiness.com

 


Santa Fe – June 22
Denver – June 23
Denver – June 26
Washington DC – July 9-16
Seoul, Korea – July 7-13

 


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Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba on Education for Liberation
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Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, the man responsible for bringing Project Happiness to Africa, has a fascinating article on “Education for Liberation” in this month’s issue of Africa Unbound. Here is an excerpt, follow the link for the whole article. 
Education for Liberation
Education is the foundation of any society. It is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another. The history of education reflects human history itself – the history of the knowledge, beliefs, skills and cultures of humanity. In the early stages of human history, education was transferred orally and through observation and imitation… (read entire article)

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PROJECT HAPPINESS
PREMIERES! 

 

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The film is finally here!!! We are so grateful to the California Film Institute which organized a memorable Northern California event… sold out with over 300 people attending!  :)  

 

We would also like to thank all of you who attended and participated in such a lively Q and A and book-signing 

afterwards. 

We were truly overwhelmed with the response! This is the first of many upcoming events to remind us that we all have the power to awaken and ignite our own happiness, which touches more people than we can begin to realize. It’s a dream come true to have this film out there for everyone to see.

 

Happiness is truly CONTAGIOUS!! 

 

With love and gratitude,

 

Randy 

Founder, Project Happiness

 


TEDx Conference on Compassion in Education

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Project Happiness founder Randy Taran will be a workshop leader at the next TEDx Golden Gate event, Saturday, June 11th at the Craneway Pavillion in Richmond, CA.  The topic of Randy’s workshop will be “How to Activate Your Compassion and Make Happiness Your Default Setting”.
Educators, parents and others who support the important link between compassion and education are encouraged to attend.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the TEDx GoldenGate website today!


Project Happiness Launches New Site

Some of you may have been noticing an evolution here at Project Happiness – we are so thrilled to announce the launch of our new web site at projecthappiness.org.  The new site really focuses on our mission and all of the ways we are working to make our mission a reality.  We hope you love it as much as we do.

 

All of us at Project Happiness would like to give a huge shout-out of thanks to the amazing Dan Milas who has worked tirelessly to make our vision for the new Project Happiness web site a reality – THANKS DAN!!!  

 

Be sure to check out the new site today at http://www.projecthappiness.org.


Project Happiness Goes Collegiate

CalTech LogoProject Happiness is thrilled to announce that we are now affiliated with three of California’s most prestigious universities – Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the California Institute of Technology.  At USC, Project Happiness will be featured in the lab requirements for the Science of Happiness Curriculum.  At CalTech, the film is going to be part of the mandatory orientation program for all new students and the Project Happiness curriculum is the basis for a happiness series in their emotional well-being series.  FInally, while we have a long-standing association with Stanford, we are so pleased to announce an official pilot program where our materials are being used as a resource for the Peer Health Educators and our book is part of the happiness class.

 

Project Happiness is sweeping the state and is now ready to sweep the nation.  If you would like to bring the Project Happiness curriculum to your university, contact kavita@projecthappiness.com.


New Project Happiness Film Trailer
Project Happiness Film Trailer - 2011
Project Happiness Film Trailer – 2011

If you haven’t yet, be sure to watch the new trailer for the Project Happiness film!  Be sure to check the Project Happiness web site for screenings in your area or to inquire about setting up a screening.

About Us
Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 organization, specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of any age and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the U.S. and the world. Our purpose is to provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness.
Drawn from research in positive psychology and neuroscience, Project Happiness’ strength-based approach teaches vital social and emotional skills. Using books, film and educational programs, we’re empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.