July 2014 Newsletter

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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
 

Quick Links

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.

 

May 2012 Newsletter

May 2014 Newsletter

 

MAY 2014

In this Issue
Bringing Happiness and Mindfulness to at-risk children
Project Happiness launches in Egypt
Interview with Terri Feinberg

Quick Links

Agents of Happiness

Upcoming Events
Project Happiness Screening at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in British Columbia on May 9
Project Happiness Screenings
Film Screenings
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.
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+ View our videos on YouTube
 
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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.

Randy Taran

May is here and with it the promise of growth, renewal and new beginnings. In the words of Robin Williams, “Spring is nature’s way of saying “let’s party.”

What is sprouting up for you this spring; what aspect of happiness would you like to grow or share?

On the topic of sharing happiness, we are excited to be part of
Silicon Valley Gives, an event designed to inspire and unite local support. 100% of donations we receive will be used to bring social emotional learning and resilience-building to at-risk children up to age 5 as well as their parents. This program plants the seeds for real change.

On the international front, change is afoot as well. Our programs have just been translated into Arabic, for children in Egypt, and the documentary film is now available in Spanish. More to come…

I am looking forward to speaking on ‘Happiness, Art and The Creative Life’ at the San Jose Museum of Art and to serving as keynote speaker with Dr. Sheena Brown at the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA).

The invitation now is to spring forward into your own expression, creativity and joy. Take some time to notice nature’s beauty, play a little more right now, and plan something special for the months ahead. You have more influence than you know to transform your own happiness and inspire those around you.

With love,

 randy 

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Bringing Happiness and Mindfulness to at-risk children and their families  

 

Bringing Happiness and Mindfulness  
Project Happiness, in partnership with Dragonfly Healing Center, has started a pilot integrating social emotional learning and mindfulness into 3 preschools that offer parent-child education tuition-free to low-income families through Family Connections The program serves over 80 families (over 400 individuals). At-risk children, ages 0 – 5, and their parents are receiving simple yet profound skills to help reduce stress, enhance emotional and behavioral regulation, focus attention, increase calm and problem solving skills, as well as pro-social behaviors such as helping and cooperation.

 

For $10/month per person, we can provide a 10-month program that will last a lifetime. 
Please donate on May 6 at for this specific cause using the following link Silicon Valley Gives.

Project Happiness launches in Egypt

 

We are very excited to launch our programs in Arabic in six government schools in Egypt. Project Happiness is partnering with

 

Not Guilty for Family Development, an NGO focused on abolishing sexual harassment and sexual abuse through education, media, training, and counseling. We are looking forward to using this pilot for expanding our reach into other Arabic speaking countries over the next few years.

Interview with Terri Feinberg, Agent of Happiness
Terri Feinberg is a true Agent of Happiness.
Terri Feinberg, Terri Feinberg is an Educator at Ohlone Elementary school in Palo Alto. Terri was instrumental in developing K-5 curriculum and for bringing the staff and administration at Ohlone together for implementation of the program. A psychologist by training, Terri believes that the basic building blocks of Project Happiness can bring a huge change to the lives of children and adults.
Here’s an excerpt of conversation between Seema Handu and Terri Feinberg:
SH: Would you share your experiences with children in your school?
TF: I was given a student who was quite shy, never spoke up, and was often in tears at the slightest little thing. At a conference with his parents, he spoke about how through Project Happiness exercises, he understood when he was unhappy, what he was feeling, and what what he could do about it. He might not have understood ‘why’ he was feeling the way he was feeling, but he could understand what the emotion was, and how to work with it. I was quite moved when I heard this, and decided at that moment to do PH again next year.
We are grateful to Terri Feinberg for being an Agent of Happiness and spreading happiness among kids at Ohlone school.  Full transcript of Seema’s conversation with Terri.

March 2014 Newsletter

 

MARCH 2014

In this Issue
Case Study: Ohlone Elementary School
Project Happiness launches WellBeingNOW(TM)
Interview with Gustavo Ruiz
Dr. Firdaus Dhabhar joins Advisory Board

Quick Links

Agents of Happiness

Angel Gustavo Ruiz
Upcoming Events
Randy is looking forward to visiting some schools in Brazil during her upcoming trip in April
Randy Taran speaks on ‘Happiness, Art and The Creative Life’ at the San Jose Museum of Art on May 7
Randy Taran and Dr. Sheena Brown to be keynote speakers at Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) on May 9
Project Happiness Screenings
Film Screenings
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.
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+ View our videos on YouTube
 
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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.

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Happy International Day of Happiness! (see HuffPost video). Celebrations and acts of happiness are taking place all over the globe, from Nigeria, and Emmanuel’s Creative Mind Academy to Mexico where Gustavo is heading up International Day of Happiness (see more below). It is a time of people rallying to focus on what really makes us deeply happy, especially when we take the time to notice.  Consider this an opportunity to proJECT Happiness forward. It’s easy to get involved and  make happiness contagious. Because happiness, like all emotions, is contagious, we each have the capacity to influence the happiness of those around us…and so happiness spreads.  Speaking of spreading, here’s a big shout-out of GRATITUDE to all our Facebook readers – we are fast approaching 50,000 – you are incredible!

We are delighted to announce a new workshop, WellBeingNOW, for teachers, the unsung heroes that are too often taken for granted. When teachers learn to be more resilient and develop practices to replenish themselves, they have more to give to their students. This is the prefect compliment to the programs we provide for students globally on the Science of Happiness.

As Spring continues to unfold, enjoy this International Day of Happiness. May its promise, of serving as a reminder to access the happiness that is already within, be present for you all year long.

With love,

 randy 

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Case Study: Ohlone Elementary School, Palo Alto
 
Wonderful news from the students, teachers and administrators at Ohlone Elementary School about their experiences in implementing Project Happiness’ K-5 curriculum.  We are thrilled to share the impact it’s had on both students and teachers.
Ohlone Elementary School

Project Happiness launches WellBeingNOW(TM)
“We can’t give our children what we don’t have.” 
~ Brene Brown
How can we teach empathy and resilience if we don’t feel it for ourselves? We believe that teachers are the unsung heroes for the next generation. In recognition of the heavy burden that teachers carry, we are delighted to launch WellBeingNOW(TM), a workshop for resiliency, which provides effective tools from neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology. Offered in the summer and for in-service days for teachers; get in touch with us to learn more (info@projecthappiness.org).

Interview with Gustavo Ruiz, Agent of Happiness
Angel Gustavo Ruiz is a true Agent of Happiness.
Prof. Gustavo Ruiz is the President and Founder of Circulo de Estudios del Nuevo Pensamiento AC and Program Director of Project Happiness in Latin America. He also started International Day of Happiness as a movement to promote happiness as a universal goal and aspiration in the lives of human beings around the world.
Here’s a transcript of conversation between Seema Handu and Gustavo Ruiz:
SH: How do you imagine a happier world?
AGR: Within me, I am an idealist. But as a teacher, I don’t hope a perfect world, but only an awakened world where people will be open to understanding each other as much as possible, open to learn, open to be in harmony with nature and open to become better.
We are grateful to Gustavo Ruiz for being an Agent of Happiness and spreading happiness in Latin America.  Here’s a transcript of Seema’s conversation with Gustavo.

Dr. Firdaus Dhabhar joins PH Advisory Board
We are pleased to welcome Firdaus Dhabhar, a neuro-immunologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, to our Advisory Board. His lab investigates the effects of stress on health. He was the first to show how short-term stress enhances the body’s immune defense to increase protection during a fight-or-flight response. Dr. Dhabhar believes that activities/interventions (e.g. exercise, meditation, art, music, dance, etc.) can reduce ‘bad’ stress, optimize ‘good’ stress and promote prosocial behavior at the individual and societal levels. He has won many awards for his contributions to the field.
Watch him discuss the benefits of good stress.

 

Dr. Firdaus Dhabhar

 

February 2014 Newsletter

 

FEBRUARY 2014

In this Issue
Trinidad Ministry welcomes Project Happiness
Emmanuel Ivorgba to be honored by the Dalai Lama
Conversation with Hector Estrada

Quick Links

Agents of Happiness

Upcoming Events
An evening with Emmanuel Ivorgba Feb 25 at Stanford University
Film Screening and Teacher Training at Wyoming and Idaho
Film Screening at Carlmont High School, Belmont
Project Happiness Screenings
Film Screenings
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.

randy

Whether you are buried under blankets of snow or enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures, the New Year is zipping along. Though the signs may not yet be evident, spring is getting ready to break out of winter’s shadow. Even under frozen ground, there is intense activity, building momentum as new buds and new life prepare to burst forth. There is a part of you, too, that is preparing: to be more curious, more open and more engaged. There is strength, beauty and new energy in you just waiting to be activated. Be on the lookout for the signs of spring, in yourself and in the world around you. Connect with what is wanting to emerge within you.

Speaking of connection, we are so happy that you are responding to the daily themes we launched on Facebook: Mindful Monday, GratiTuesday, Wednesday Wellness, Thoughtful Thursday, Friday Freedom, Saturday Soul and Sunday Stillness. The Facebook fan page just doubled to 30,000!  Let’s keep the momentum going and pay happiness forward. You never know whose life will be touched.

With love and appreciation,

 randy 

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Trinidad’s Ministry of Education welcomes Project Happiness
 
Project Happiness introduced the curriculum and the need for social and emotional learning to an overwhelming response from over 700 Superintendents and Educators in Trinidad and Tobago. The event was part of an initiative of Rethink in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago.

  Trinidad’s Ministry of Education

At a news conference on December 10, Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh announced plans to infuse “happiness” into the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, using the strategies developed by Project Happiness. The news conference took place at the ministry in St Clair.

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Emmanuel Ivorgba to be honored by the Dalai Lama

Emmanuel Ivorgba

We are happy to announce that Emmanuel Ivorgba, Program Director for Nigeria, will be honored by the Dalai Lama for his work, in San Francisco at the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Event, on February 23 at 12:50 PT. You can tune in for the live webcast at

http://newunsungheroes.org/2014-event/live-webcast/

Stanford University will host a special screening of Project Happiness film followed by a reception for Emmanuel to highlight his work in Nigeria.

Conversation with Hector Estrada, Agent of Happiness
Hector Estrada, Agent of HappinessHector Estrada is a true Agent of Happiness.
Born in Mexico, he arrived in the United States with only a dream. He wanted to express his authentic self and create beauty. Against all odds, he started a life and step by step gained confidence, skills and a community. From the start, he gave back, through volunteering. Dealing with his own early trauma and challenges only strengthened his desire to be there for others.
We are grateful to Hector for sponsoring a screening of the film Project Happiness to a packed house at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, to spread the message that everyone deserves happiness, equality and love. Here’s a transcript of Randy’s conversation with Hector.

November 2013 Newsletter

 

NOVEMBER 2013

This Month
Happiness & Halloween at the Castro
Romania Happiness Conference
Happiness Workshop in Arizona

Quick Links

Upcoming Events

 

Randy Taran talks to teachers at Saklan School in Moraga, CA
Project Happiness launches GRATITUESDAY
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Project Happiness Screenings
Film Screenings
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 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.

 

 “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

Randy Taran At this time of the year, with Thanksgiving around the corner, many of us (see our Gratituesdays on Facebook) turn our thoughts to what we are grateful for. It could be gratitude for a memorable experience, for some movement towards a dream, or for a special person who has seen us for who we really are. Gratitude can be as easy as a beautiful sunset, an exquisite bite of chocolate, or the brilliance of autumn leaves. No matter what shape or form gratitude takes, it fills us with a warmth and a reminder that life is good; this moment is special. Even challenges provide lessons to learn and make us stronger.

There are so many blessings if we just take the time to notice. This season, the invitation is not to just remember gratitude at the Thanksgiving table, but to infuse it into your life. Look for reasons to be grateful, breathe them in and savor the goodness that is already there. What we focus on grows; grow some gratitude and you will be amazed at how good you will feel. Express your gratitude and see how it touches others – you are more influential than you know…

BIG gratitude to you,

 randy 

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Happiness & Halloween at the Castro

Happiness is contagious and it certainly was on October 17th. Huge thanks to the almost 500 people who made the Screening at the Castro Theatre such a great success.

 Happiness & Halloween at the Castro

Special thanks to Hector Estrada of Rubio and Raven (www.rubioandraven.com) for being one of the main sponsors of the evening. We love @Ric Victores and @Saxony Owens, from www.ForGoodEvents.com, the hottest new event planners in San Francisco. Thank you to Alex Westhoff of DJ Xander (www.facebook.com/dancingghosts)  who did a fabulous job, and to Steven Han (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Han-Photography/143240452512666whose photos captured the spirit of the night. Bebe Sweetbriar, (http://www.bebesweetbriar.comour favorite drag queen, you were amazing! Gaddy, our half naked superman with the unbelievable abs, you were over the top. Gratitude to Sasha’s Lemonade Stand for their super bar service, Saintsbury wine (www.saintsbury.com) for their top-of-the-line wines, and 6 Degrees for sharing with us the newest Bombay Dub (www.bombaydub.com) CD: Tales From the Grand Bazaar. Bombay Dub did the unforgettable  score for the film.

The night was about anti-bullying (thanks to No Bully (www.nobully.com) for joining us). As we can see in the recent news, we need this message more than ever. To everyone who showed up with their sense of fun, generous spirits and open hearts – you above all, made the evening magical.

Gratitude and love,

Randy

You can see more fun pictures on our Facebook page.

The First-Ever Happiness Conference In Romania

On October 5th, Randy traveled to Romania to speak at the very first conference on happiness in South-East Europe, in Bucharest! Below she shares a small snapshot of her experience teaching happiness enhancing techniques to a room of 300+ attendees:  The First-Ever Happiness Conference In Romania

When I was invited to speak at the first-ever conference on happiness in South-East Europe, I did not have an idea what Romania would have in store. The warmth, professionalism, and sense of openness that greeted me was incredible. Malina Chire and team put together a fabulous conference. The room was packed with young professionals who were ready to know more. I had brought one of my favorite pieces of music with me, and played it to start the session. What can I say; it just made me want to dance…and seconds later there were people joining me on stage…at the start and at the end of my talk. Really – at a conference – this was something entirely new! That was just the beginning. The content was designed to be interactive and fun, but the degree of engagement and enthusiasm was off the charts. I was happy to reconnect with old friends like Vanessa King from the UK’s Action for Happiness and meet new friends too. I’ll have to save  Drakula’s  Castle for another trip, but one thing I know for sure – Romania knows how to do happiness.

 

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Happiness Workshop Helps Young Adults Navigate Teen Pressures

The happiness and mindfulness workshop is the first of its kind for the UA’s Arizona Youth University, which offers summer workshops to youth through the UA’s Outreach College.

The workshop is shaped with the help of a curriculum established by California-based Project Happiness.

Grounded in research on mindfulness, the program provides youth and young adults a preliminary understanding of what it means to have a mindfulness practice, and also teaches them about self-respect, community responsibility and acting without judgment.

Sheena Brown, research scientist at the UA’s neuroscience department, and one of the people who’s conducted the week-long workshop with teenagers, said kids are faced with many challengers, and developing a mindfulness practice -a mental state awareness that emphasizes being in the moment and living an authentic life- at a young age can help navigating pitfalls, such as substance abuse, bullying, depression and even suicide.

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September 2013 Newsletter

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

This Month
Project Happiness welcomes Seema Handu as COO
Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic signs on
National Charity League hosts Randy Taran

Quick Links

Upcoming Events

 

Oct 17
Project Happiness at the Castro
 The Conference about Happiness
October 5-6
Bucharest, Romania
November
Project Happiness Launches in Trinidad
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Project Happiness Screenings
Film Screenings
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 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.

 

randy

Do you consider the start of the New Year September or January? Ever since I was little, September has been a time of new beginnings for me – new school year, new class, new teachers, new fashions, the air becoming crisp, leaves turning…on the road to Halloween! At Project Happiness, this back to school time is especially lively as we launch our new programs. So excited to share them. From K-5 to Camps, happiness is on the move.

What will this year bring for you? Can you look at it as an opportunity to explore a new part of yourself? Anything is possible if you take the first step, and keep on going. The journey holds so much discovery if you can be bold, yet compassionate with yourself along the way. What is inside of you that longs to be expressed? In the words of Goethe, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Wishing you a beautiful beginning to a wonderful and meaningful year.

With love,

randy

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Project Happiness Welcomes Seema Handu as Chief Operating Officer

Seema HanduWe are excited to welcome Dr. Seema Handu as Chief Operating Officer at Project Happiness. Seema will be responsible for strategic initiatives as well as day to day operations at Project Happiness.

Seema has been our strong supporter for the past year and we are honored to have her on board as part of the team. Dr. Handu has taken leadership roles in many other charitable organizations, most recently as Managing Director of the Children’s Global Health Initiative, a global health program of Oakland Children’s Hospital. She serves on the Board of the Cardea Center for Women in San Jose, is an active member of the Rotary Club of Cupertino, and was past President of the PTA at Cupertino High School.

“I am thrilled to welcome Seema to our core team. She has a deep understanding of our global vision, and brings a proven track record of success and a wide range of skills and expertise to our growing organization. I know that Seema will play an integral role as we move forward into this next stage.”

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Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic joins the Project Happiness family
We are pleased to welcome Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic as our newest member.
The Carol Morgan School is a private, secular, nonprofit, college-preparatory school that instills a passion for learning, builds character and inspires civic and social responsibility, incorporating a rigorous U.S. curriculum and advanced technology.
The school will be using Project Happiness to launch an Advisory Curriculum for Seniors.

National Charity League hosts Randy Taran
National Charity League

Randy Taran was the invited speaker at the All League Retreat of National Charity League (NCL), Stanford Hills Chapter. NCL’s goal is to inspire and empower women to succeed as confident, well-rounded, and socially aware contributors in their communities. 

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Randy spoke to a group of 250 mothers and daughters.  In the words of organizers, “Our attendees felt that you were the best speaker yet! They really enjoyed your dynamism and engaging presentation.” Randy may have enjoyed it even more …..

July 2013 Newsletter

 

JULY 2013

This Month
The Telluride Institute presents Project Happiness
Randy Taran featured on Daily Edventures
Project Happiness Interns Rule the World!

Quick Links

Mindfulness Training with Project Happiness, an Arizona Youth University First
Arizona Youth University First
 
Under the University of Arizona’s Youth University, instructors are offering a course teaching students about the connection between mindfulness and happiness.
Part of the UA’s summer Project Happiness Workshop, is an exercise in mindfulness, a mental state awareness that emphasizes being in the moment and living an authentic life. The practice is gaining traction among educators for its proven emotional and psychological benefits.
togetherness
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Project Happiness Screenings
Film Screenings
Would you like to host a screening of the Project Happiness film? For details on how to screen the film for your school or organization, contact Brian or fill out our Screening Request form.

5 REASONS TO INCREASE YOUR PLAY – SOME SERIOUS REASONS TO HAVE MORE FUN! 
 
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Guest blogger, Emma Seppala of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education shares with us the research behind why play is essential to our well-being, creativity, and health.
Read Emma’s blog on the Project Happiness website.
 
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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 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.

 

Randy Taran
Randy Taran

For all of us at Project Happiness, summer is one of the most exciting times of the year. It’s a time of planning, building momentum and getting ready for new programs for Fall. This year, the excitement is palpable. We are launching a research study of our new K-5 curriculum as well as a program designed for young adults which will be piloted at Stanford University. It’s also a time to savor summer and all the delights it provides. Here’s a link to a Huffington Post article on Mindful Living – Summer Style.

Enjoy this special time with family and friends, and may it nurture and energize your for all the good stuff that’s on the way.

With love,

randy

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Project Happiness Screening with CCARE and The Telluride Institute

Project Happiness Screening with CCARE  

The Telluride Institute will be presenting a special screening of the Project Happiness film at the CCARE Summer Research Institute. The screening will take place on Monday, July 22 at 8 PM at the Wilkinson Public Library. 

 

Brian Rusch of the Project Happiness organization will be on hand to present the film and answer any questions about the film or our organization. This event is free and open to the public.
Click here for more information. 

Randy Taran Is Featured Blogger on Microsoft’s Daily Edventures Site
“Isn’t the inner life more important than the outer test score?” That is the question Project Happiness founder Randy Taran asks of parents and educators on her most recent vlog series for Microsofts Daild Edventures web site.
Randy addresses why she created the Project Happiness organization and H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. – the new elementary education program from Project Happiness. Click the image below to watch the vlog.
Daily Edventures

Special Thanks to Our Interns!
Samantha, Isabel, Simone, Anand
Samantha, Isabel, Simone, Anand

 

 

 

 

 

This summer, we have an awesome group of summer interns helping out around the Project Happiness offices. What are these interns doing? We have projects ranging from PR support to french translation to research actively supported by these great young people. 

 

Additionally, we have two new interns, Ric and Adrienne, event planners from SFSU, who are organizing our Fall fundraising event at the Castro Theater.

 

If you would like to intern for Project Happiness this Fall, we have several openings, contact Samantha for more information. 

 

Ric and Adrienne  

June 2013 Newsletter

 

JUNE 2013

This Month
Project Happiness Launches Summer Camp
7 Doors Study Shows Significant Increase in Happiness Levels
Project Happiness Elementary Education Programs

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Project Happiness expands programming to Uganda!
Project Happiness expands programming to Uganda
 
We are so happy to announce one of our newest school programs headed by Wilson Ngobi in Uganda. 

Wilson is the administrator of a school called Future Victory and his program was created in partnership with the work we do with our African Program director, Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba. 
 
We look forward to working with Wilson and his students at Future Victory and to sharing their Project Happiness experiences with all of you!
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Project Happiness Pilot Studies
Film Screenings
This fall, Project Happiness will be conducting several pilot studies to measure the effectiveness of our programming. If your class would like to participate in these studies, we want to know! Email Samantha for more details.

Happiness: As Simple as ABC!  
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There is so much discussion about how to find happiness but really, it is as simple as ABC. In a special series for the Huffington Post, Randy Taran explores the ABCs of happiness and how you incorporate them into your life. Each post features three topics to help you discover lasting happiness and then you are invited to share your own.
To learn your ABCs to happiness, follow Randy Taran on The Huffington Post!
 
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Randy Taran

 

Summer is here, school is out and freedom is in the air.  What adventures are around the corner? What will you create during these next few months? This is a time to savor the change in pace, the feelings of spaciousness and delight. Allow yourself to take in the new, the fragrant, the delicious, the fun options that are available if you simply pause to notice.

 

The great news is that you do not have to be on vacation at a beach or the mountains to open yourself to the good stuff. Build in a little bit of awesomeness into your everyday moments. Some will be familiar comforts, some will be unexpected surprises. Take a different trail, watch the clouds float by, enjoy yoga for happiness, root yourself in nature or connect with friends. Try something for the first time, and be on the lookout. It’s time to experience more of life…

 

Wishing you a summer of joy and aliveness.

With love,

randy

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Project Happiness Summer Camp at University of Arizona

Project Happiness Summer Camp

We are thrilled to announce our first everyProject Happiness Summer Camp! In partnership with the University of Arizona, the camp is a weeklong workshop and for students, grades 9-12 beginning on July 15th. Students will explore many aspects of happiness through: discussion of relevant neuroscience research, as well as observations from our own experiences; brainstorming ideas; identifying and reflecting on personal strengths; learning simple practices to build resiliency; and developing skills in self-discovery, managing stress, team learning, leadership and service.  Community members active in the arts and sciences will work with us throughout the week and Project Happiness founder Randy Taran will be joining the students the last day of the camp.

 

This camp is open to the public and there are still scholarships available. To register for this camp, CLICK HERE or for more information email Dr. Sheena Brown.

USC Study of 7 Doors to Happiness Shows Significant Increase in Happiness
In cooperation with the University of Southern California, Project Happiness conducted a study in early 2013 to measure the effectiveness of our online psychoeducational program, the 7 Doors to Happiness, measuring the happiness levels of participants. 
 
The findings showed that individuals who participate in the 7 Doors to Happiness program can expect a statistically significant increase in their happiness levels.
 
For more information on this and other studies related to Project Happiness programming, please contact Samantha Feinberg – samantha@projecthappiness.com

Building Social and Emotional Learning Skills in Elementary Students
Building Social and Emotional Learning Skills

This year, in partnership with  Edutopia.org (The George Lucas Educational Foundation), we released a nine part blog series on Social and Emotional Learning for Elementary Education Students. Starting this month and throughout the summer, we are rereleasing this series on our blog for everyone to view! 

If you would like to receive the lesson plans that accompany the blog series, please fill out the Curriculum Request Form for Educators and the lessons will be delivered to you in a PDF format.

Click here to view the entire SEL for Elementary Blog Series!

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.

November 2012 Newsletter

 

NOVEMBER 2012

This Month
New Project Happiness web site
Hungry4Happiness in Times Square
Project Happiness at Ridgewood High

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Project Happiness kicks off #GivingTuesday with Selfless Tee promotion!
Selfless Tees
Selfless Tees
This year, Project Happiness is thrilled to be one of the nonprofit organizations participating in the campaign known as #GivingTuesday.
Most of you have heard of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and possibly even Small Business Saturday. #GivingTuesday was created as a way to support nonprofits during this upcoming holiday season. 
 
#GivingTuesday falls on November 27th, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  This year, we have partnered with Selfless Tee to create this awesome “Make Happiness Contagious” T-shirt.  Profits from the sales of this limited edition T go to support Project Happiness and our educational programming throughout the world.
 
To learn more about #GivingTuesday and our “Make Happiness Contagious” campaign – visit our page on GivingTuesday.org
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Film Screenings
Film Screenings
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.
NOVEMBER
Cincinnati, OH – 17th
San Francisco, CA – 29th
 
 
DECEMBER
San Francisco, CA – 1st
 
JANUARY
Orlando, FL – 28-31
 
To keep up with the latest on all our events, be sure to check out the events page of our web site.
Project Happiness Partners with Native Cry Outreach Alliance to Prevent Suicides in Indian Country 
Project Happiness Partners with Native Cry Outreach Alliance to Prevent Suicides
Click photo to view PSA
 
Native American and Alaska Natives commit suicide at a higher rate than any other ethnic group in the United States. The suicide rate for Native youth aged 15-24 is 3.3 times higher than the national average and young people make up 40% of all suicides on tribal lands.
In an effort to curb this epidemic, Project Happiness has partnered with Native Cry Outreach Alliance to offer our social and emotional programs on reservations throughout North America.  The program is piloted this winter with the Quechan tribe of Southern California/Arizona and expanding to all tribes in Spring of 2013.
For more information on Native Cry Outreach Alliance visit www.NativeCry.org
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Project Happiness News in Spanish

 

In September, Project Happiness named Angel Gustavo Ruiz our program director for Latin America.  Since then, he has expanded our Spanish language outreach throughout Latin America and helped to have our educational materials translated.
 
Thanks to Gustavo, we now also have a monthly newsletter in Spanish! Click here to get the most recent Boletin Proyecto Felicidad and to keep up to date with our growth in the Spanish speaking world!

 
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Thanksgiving: Unlocking the Power of Gratitude

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Randy Taran

 This is one of my favorite holidays of the year – because it brings us together with loved ones to reflect on all that is good that is already in our lives. Now, more than ever, it’s important to take a pause, breathe in the good, and notice all the blessings already in our lives. 

Gratitude has two sides: One aspect is about being thankful for all the great stuff that exists around us, like sharing a smile, savoring a good meal, having the grace to wake up another day, or saying I love you. The beauty of everyday life is present all the time if we just notice.

The other side of gratitude is for the things that challenge us and makes us grow. Often we only appreciate something when it is threatened. We value our health when we get sick, we appreciate the charm of a house just before we sell it, and we remember meaningful conversations when the other person is no longer around. What if we could reverse that and feel gratitude right here and now? What if we could be thankful for what is present in front of us, even if it is not exactly what we had in mind?

  

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~ Melody Beattie

 

Wishing you an abundance of gratitude and the love that goes with it.

With love,

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Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Project Happiness Gets a New Look!

Project Happiness Gets a New Look!

It’s here! We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new and improved Project Happiness web site with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation.  

 

The updated site contains the latest information on Project Happiness programs and outreach as well as improved information on the organization and our mission.

 

Exciting new features include all of our programs mapped out with GPD coordinates courtesy of Google Maps and improved accessibility for educators to all of our programs.

 

Visit our new web site and let us know what you think!  http://www.projecthappiness.org

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s… Hugh Jackman and Hungry4Happiness in Times Square!
If you have been in Times Square recently, you might have caught a glimpse of Hugh Jackman smiling down at you from the Reuter’s billboard! Project Happiness and our partners Laughing Man Worldwide were featured on the Reuter’s billboard promoting the Hungry 4 Happiness campaign over the last several weeks.

 

Hungry 4 Happiness is a viral fundraising and awareness campaign where we encourage you to share the mission of Project Happiness with your friends and colleagues. If you have not yet attended or hosted a Hungry4Happiness dinner, please sign up at Hungry4Happiness.org to do so today!

 

Hugh Jackman promoting our Hungry4Happiness
Hugh Jackman promoting our Hungry4Happiness campaign in Times Square.

Ridgewood High School
Celebrates Project Happiness
Ridgewood High School
Brian and Emily at Ridgewood High School

 

Two weeks ago, Brian and Emily joined nearly 900 students at Ridgewood High School for a celebration of Project Happiness. Following a school wide screening students and teachers were joined by parents and community mentor leaders for an hour assembly led by Brian and Emily of Project Happiness to discuss what happiness meant to them.  Later in the day, smaller groups broke into lunch sessions to discuss how best to implement Project Happiness at Ridgewood high School.

All of us at Project Happiness would like to thank the administration and faculty at Ridgewood and especially the amazing Carol Valentino-Barry for inviting us to visit and experience the work this fantastic public school is doing to make a difference in their students’ lives.

Click here for more on Project Happiness Day at Ridgewood High School.

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.

September 2012 Newsletter

 

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
Brian Rusch
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

Randy Taran

 

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.
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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 Newsletter

 

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 
Class studying PH
 
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
Randy Taran

 

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.
In This Issue
Can You Teach Happiness?
Beyond Elm Street: Amanda Wyss and Project Happiness
Thanks to all of you!

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Agent of Happiness Spotlight: Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie
Debbie Magids, Ph.D. (Dr. Debbie) is a counseling psychologist and the author of All the Good Ones Aren’t Taken: Change the Way You Date and Find Lasting Love
This month, Dr. Debbie makes her guest blogging debut on Project Happiness with the feature article “How To Find Happiness
Dr. Debbie is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, and has been quoted in Glamour, Self, and Time Out New York magazines as well as MSN.com.  She is regularly featured on national television shows and is a favorite guest of The Howard Stern Show, where she offers mental health tips to Howard and the gang.
She holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology and a Master of Education in Psychologival Counseling from Columbia University’s Teachers College and she attained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University.  Dr. Debbie has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 1989.
Keep up with Dr. Debbie on her official site, DrDebbie.com or via Facebook and Twitter!
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Film Screenings
Film Screenings
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

MAY
Hilo, HI – 5th
Santa Cruz, CA – 12th
Monte Carlo, Monaco- 14th
Sedona, AZ – 16th
 
JUNE
Menlo Park, CA – 16th
Petaluma, CA – 20th
Larkspur, CA – 22nd
Half Moon Bay, CA – 23rd
 
To keep up with the latest on all our events, be sure to check out the events page of our web site.

Project Happiness welcomes
Lillian Phan 
Lillian Phan
 
As Development Director, Lillian is responsible for all new fundraising opportunities and implementation for the organization.
As a leader in the bay area community, Lillian has fundraised and worked on core programs for non-profits such as Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, The Junior League of San Francisco, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, and the International Rescue Committee. She is also a member of Symphonix.

 

With a background in business and commercial real estate, Lillian brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial spirit, innovative development expertise, and a passion for helping instigate positive change.

Lillian graduated from the University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is passionate about all things culinary and travel. Lillian resides in San Francisco with her fiancé and french bulldog.

 
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Spring into Happiness

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Randy Taran

Spring – what does it mean to you? Spring can be a coiled energy – just ready to spring forth. It also suggests a spring of fresh water, or a spring of creativity flowing into expression. Spring also signifies the season of new growth with first sprouts breaking ground.

Even if Spring seems far away with the weather too cold and rainy to even contemplate the sunny days ahead, there is SO much stirring under the earth. It’s similar for people. Though there may be turbulence on the surface, deep inside the stirrings of dormant passions, soul essence and creativity are all gaining momentum. Listen in the silence for what lies within. Your strength and goodness are there waiting to be claimed, waiting to spring forth.

 

What makes you unique and what comes easily to you? Identify your strengths and build on them. Make a choice to express them more in your daily life. Whether your gift is a sense of humor, a caring personality or an appreciation of nature, expressing your strengths will raise your happiness and bring joy to those around you. This is your season – what kind of happiness will you grow?

With love to all,

randy

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Can You Teach Happiness? The Saklan School says, YES!

Saklan School

Last Spring, Randy Taran was presenting
presented at a TEDx Conference on Compassion in Richmond, CA.  The administrators and teachers from The Saklan School were introduced to the Project Happiness Handbook and curriculum at this event and spoke with Randy about launching a school-wide curriculum that we are honored to say is being used in every class – kindergarten through 8th grade.

 

Victoria Obenchain, the Saklan School’s Science Specialist and Middle School Science Teacher published an article in the Spring 2012 newsletter of the California Association of Independent Schools detailing the schools use of the Project Happiness program.  

 

For more information on the resources Project Happiness offers to educators, please contact Jill Pettegrew – jill@projecthappiness.org

Beyond Elm Street: Actress Amanda Wyss discusses Project Happiness in Interview with Technorati
Actress Amanda Wyss
Amanda Wyss
In a word: “Amazing”.

That’s the best way to describe Amanda Wyss. Both as an actress and as a person.
Amanda’s deeply involved with Project Happiness, an organization that specializes in emotional resilience-building programs and provides proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness. Its mission is to empower children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.

 

Read entire article.

Actress Amanda Wyss with Randy Taran and Gabriele Gresta of Bibop
Actress Amanda Wyss with PH founder Randy Taran and Gabriele Gresta of Bibop.

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!

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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 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 Newsletter

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
Randy Taran

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.

December 2011 Newsletter

In This Issue
PH Programs across the globe
Proyecto Felicidad
Thanks to all of you!

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Project Happiness at Stanford University
Project Happiness at Stanford University
 
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) will be sponsoring a very special screening of the Project Happiness film on Thursday, January 19th.  The event will feature a Happiness Town Hall with Randy Taran as well as some of the original students from the Project Happiness film. They will be taking questions from the audience and discussing the nature of lasting happiness.
This event is free and open to the public.  For more details visit – Stanford Project Happiness Event
Film Screenings
Film Screenings
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

JANUARY
Puebla, Mexico – 7th
San Rafael, CA – 11th
Stanford University – 19th
 
FEBRUARY
Lake Oswego, OR – 1st
Los Angeles, CA – 10th-13th
New York, NY – 27th
 
MARCH
Berkeley, CA – 8th
San Mateo, CA – 17th
Chicago, IL – 20th
 
APRIL
Los Angeles, CA – 5th
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: AG Ruiz

AG Ruiz
AG Ruiz is the president of the Circle of Studies for New Thought as well as the general coordinator for Club de la Felicidad, an international organization that has happiness clubs in nearly every Latin American country.

Based in Puebla, Mexico, AG has offered his support in bringing the Project Happiness film to Spanish speaking audiences and is coordinating the Mexican premiere at the Hotel Villa Blanca next month.
One of AG’s passions is helping to bring happiness to the children of Mexico and In addition to organizing screenings of the Project Happiness film, he has been leading an effort to launch Project Happiness educational programs in schools throughout Central America.  We are thrilled that AG is taking such an active role in the Project Happiness movement and encourage all of you to visit his web site and see everything the Club de la Felicidad has coming up in 2012!  www.clubdelafelicidad.org
 
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New Year’s Wishes

Randy Taran
Randy Taran

The wonderful part of starting a New Year is that it gives us permission to begin something new. What calls you? Take some time to listen to your inner directives. For 2012, allow yourself to dream of a part of you that you would like to see unfold. It could be a new skill you want to develop, a dormant talent just waiting to be explored, or just the opportunity to reconnect with the deep happiness that lives inside.

I wish you love. Consider making this year one where you expand the love you express to others as well as the compassion and love you give to yourself. In the intense hustle and bustle of everyday experiences, make some time to treat yourself with tenderness – it will enhance your life, and everyone in it. That one small decision can ripple out in ways you may not even imagine.

What is important as you go forward? It matters. Dare to dream – anything is possible. What can you open up to this coming year? Yes to happiness, yes to expansion, yes to you!  It all starts here… 

With much love,

randy

Randy Taran

Founder, Project Happiness

Project Happiness Curriculum Spanning the Globe

Class using Project Happiness
Class using Project Happiness

What does a public high school in Illinois and a kindergarten in Poland have in common with an international school in Viet Nam and a medical school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?  Why Project Happiness of course!  

As of this writing, Project Happiness programs have been initiated in 39 U.S. states and 23 countries.  From Alabama to Wyoming, Australia to the United Kingdom, educators everywhere are incorporating Project Happiness curriculum into the educational programs at their schools and organizations.  And 2011 was a banner year for getting this started!  In just the last two months, educators at more than 175 schools and organizations have downloaded and started using the free Project Happiness resources we make available.

And this is only just the beginning!  In 2012, all qualifying educators that request them will receive a copy of the Project Happiness Handbook, either printed or e-book version, to enhance their classroom experience.  Additional books can be ordered from Project Happiness at a special educational discount.  

If you would like to know more about our classroom resources for educators, visit http://www.projecthappiness.org/programs/for-educators-tips-techniques-and-skill-building-tools/

 

Project Happiness programs worldwide
A map of Project Happiness programs worldwide
Click on the image for an expanded view.

 

Proyecto Felicidad – Project Happiness Launches Spanish-language version!

Proyecto Felicidad

Throughout 2011, one request we have received over and over again is “Can you make the Project Happiness materials available in other languages?”  We are thrilled to announce that we are beginning that process with the January 7th premiere of the Project Happiness film in Spanish!  We aren’t just stopping with the film! Everything including the free resources and the Project Happiness Handbook, will be available in Spanish in early 2012.
In addition to Spanish, we already have transcripts for the film in German and Korean (thanks to two fantastic film festivals that chose to showcase Project Happiness) and we are hoping to expand our availability to other languages soon!  If you or someone you know would be interested in contributing to making Project Happiness available in another language, please contact Brian Rusch – 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!

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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 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.

November 2011 Newsletter

 

NOVEMBER 2011

In This Issue
Benefit screening at Tibet House
Film wins top honors at SIYFF
Randy Taran joins Wisdom 2.0 Youth

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Randy Taran Interviewed for Max Sports & Fitness
Max Sports & Fitness
SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS
Randy Taran of Palo Alto, California felt helpless as she faced her tearful teenaged daughter across the kitchen table. “I want to be happy,” her child said. “But I just don’t know how.” Taran didn’t know where to start. “If there was some curriculum on happiness, something I could have given her to read, I would have,” she remembers.

 

Epidemic of Unhappiness
A search for resource material on happiness turned up little, which Taran found disheartening, especially since she’d found some troubling statistics about the rise in depression among youth. Numerous studies suggested that a large percentage of today’s children feel overwhelmed, sad and hopeless. What is more, recent research from San Diego State University points to dramatic increases in anxiety and depression in children, adolescents and young adults over the last five decades. This means that today’s young people are… (read entire article )

 

Film Screenings
Film Screenings
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
NOVEMBER
New York, NY – 10th
Montezuma, Costa Rica – 13th
Omaha, NE – 20th
San Francisco, CA – 30th
 
DECEMBER
Los Angeles, CA – 11th
 
FEBRUARY
Lake Oswego, OR – 2
 
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: Carol Pertofsky

Carol Pertofsky
Carol Pertofsky is the Director of Health Promotion Services at Vaden Health Center at Stanford University.   She and the HPS staff are passionate about teaching and promoting student wellness on the Stanford campus, supporting students to reach their full potential. Pertofsky treasures this endeavor, and advocates for health by teaching and offering health and wellness classes, seminars and workshops on Stanford, the Esalen Institute and other retreat and educational settings.
Carol is an avid supporter of Project Happiness within the organization and she carries the movement forward in everything she does.  In addition to sitting on the Project Happiness advisory board, Carol co-initiated and co-teaches the happiness class at Stanford.  This year she received the 2011 Margaret Ann Fidler Award for Distinguished Service in Student Affairs for advocacy, passion and dedication to holistic student development, 20 years of extraordinary innovation and commitment to the well-being of Stanford students, and for being the personal wellness and happiness “Guru” for all.
We are thrilled to have Carol on our board as well as one of our strongest Agents of Happiness and want to send her a HUGE radiant heart of gratitude for everything she does in supporting the Project Happiness organization!
 
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A Season of Gratitude

Season of Gratitude
Randy speaking at Gunn High School

As Thanksgiving comes upon us, it’s a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with what we are grateful for. It does not have to be anything grand: the smile on someone’s face, a crisp blue-sky day, a gorgeous piece of pumpkin pie! There is a tradition some families have around Thanksgiving. Everyone around the table takes turns in saying what they appreciate. It is amazing to see how quickly the atmosphere turns positive and caring. Gratitude brings out he best in everyone.

Here’s a happiness challenge: choose one day a week every single week for a “gratitude dinner”. Each person around the table has to say what they are grateful for in their own life and what they appreciate about the person sitting next to them. There is no doubt that good feelings will ensue.
At Project Happiness we have much to be grateful for too. The film has taken off with screenings all over the world. What is most moving are the personal stories that are emerging from audience members. One poignant example is a student who, inspired by a scene in the film, had an emotional reconciliation with an estranged friend directly after the screening. Two lives were changed that evening. On the educational front, our free curriculum is being adopted in such diverse places as Singapore, Poland, India and France, not to mention right here in our own back yard.

 

In this season of gratitude, I wish you and your loved ones great gratitude, and a heart full of joy.

With love and all best wishes,

Randy

Founder, Project Happiness

Tibet House US to host Benefit Screening of Project Happiness Film
Project Happiness Film
Project Happiness
Tonight (Thursday, November 10th) Tibet House US will be hosting a screening of the Project Happiness film to benefit Tibetan Home of Hope, a nonsectarian home and school for children who would otherwise be abandoned. It is a home where young people receive loving care, education, food, shelter, medical attention and the practical foundation needed to develop into independent adults with a full appreciation of their Tibetan heritage.
 Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with Project Happiness founder Randy Taran. Randy will be joined by the former Tibetan Children’s Village instructor featured in the Project Happiness film, Yeshi Khando.This event is open to the public. For more information please visit the Tibet House web site – TibetHouse.us

Project Happiness Launches Year Long Program in India

Girls in Project Happiness program in India

Project Happiness has just launched a yearlong program for teens from the urban slums of Delhi. We are delighted to welcome Vibha, PH Director of India, and founder of Muskaan. 

Vibha is working with 38 boys and girls, 11th and 12th graders, who are learning the social and emotional skills to cultivate a happiness that comes from the inside, regardless of external circumstances. In their very first lesson they covered:

1) Overview of PH & filling the PH pre-assessment forms

 2) Introduction of participants in pairs, using leaf, as an object to focus of self

3 )Hopes and fears from the yearlong workshop

4) What is Happiness – individual reflection followed by sharing inProject Happiness Launches Year Long Program in India small groups and then writing it on paper

 5) Reflecting on any new learning from the session and closing.

Vibha’s wish is to prepare a team of 3-4 persons in her non-governmental organization (NGO) as well as some of the boys and girls from this group, as peer facilitators. The team from her NGO can then start it in other schools and other NGO groups. This way they can expand to reach more teachers and children. Ghandi stated, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Vibha and her students are doing just that while creating future with “Agents of Happiness” to spread the message of hope and connection. Happiness is contagious and we are very excited about this work!

 

Emily Crubaugh, Original Project Happiness Student, Joins the Team!
Emily Crubaugh
Emily visitis students in Nigeria

Some of you might recognize the newest member of the Project Happiness team.  Emily Crubaugh is one of the original students from Mount Madonna who participated in the Project Happiness film.  After graduating high school, Emily was so inspired by Emmanuel and his work in Africa that she and her family traveled to Nigeria where they set up computer labs for Creative Minds International Academy as well as several other schools in the area.

This spring, Emily graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Development Studies.  While at Brown, she headed up BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment), an organization of more than 120 volunteers working with 50 refugee families in the Providence community.

Utilizing her experience with BRYTE, Emily is joining the Project Happiness team as our volunteer coordinator.  She will be recruiting, training and managing our volunteer base both in the Project Happiness office as well as throughout the world.  If you would like to speak to Emily about volunteer opportunities, please email her at Emily@ProjectHappiness.com.

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 Newsletter

 

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!
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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. 

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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

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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
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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.

 

April 2011 Newsletter

 

APRIL 2010

In This Issue
Sneak Preview of Project Happiness in L.A.
Join our Foundation Program
Get a free Handbook
Meet our Guest Bloggers

Quick Links

Project Happiness Premiere
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Join us on Sunday, May 15th for the world premiere of Project Happiness, the film that started a movement.  The event is being sponsored by the California Film Institute and will be shown at the historic Christopher B. Smith Rafael Center in San Rafael, CA.
Interested in attending the premiere?  There are a limited number of tickets being made available to the public, contact the California Film Institute for details.

Film Screenings
Film Screenings
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
Los Angeles – April 19
San Francisco – May 15
Miami – June 18
Denver – June 26

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Randy Taran now on Huffington Post
Randy Taran
Project Happiness creator Randy Taran is now a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on the topic of happiness.  Check out her regular articles including her most recent titled “An Antidote for Tsunami Sadness” and check back weekly for her newest features.
An Antidite for Tsunami Sadness
In this wake of the Tsunami, I am struck by the sheer power of nature and the impermanence of everything we hold sacred. How can we stay happy during times of extreme crisis or tragedy? It’s natural to get overwhelmed by things we cannot control, especially in situations of this… (read entire article)
 
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Spring – what does it mean to you? Spring can be a coiled energy – just ready to spring forth. It also suggests a spring of fresh water, or a spring of creativity flowing into expression. Spring also signifies the season of new growth with first sprouts breaking ground.

 

Even if Spring seems far away with the weather too cold and rainy to even contemplate the sunny days ahead, there is SO much stirring under the earth. It’s similar for people. Though there may be turbulence on the surface, deep inside the stirrings of dormant passions, soul essence and creativity are all gaining momentum. Listen in the silence for what lies within. Your strength and goodness are there waiting to be claimed, waiting to spring forth.

 

What makes you unique and what comes easily to you? Identify your strengths and build on them. Make a choice to express them more in your daily life. Whether your gift is a sense of humor, a caring personality or an appreciation of nature, expressing your strengths will raise your happiness and bring joy to those around you. This is your season – what kind of happiness will you grow?
Randy Taran
Founder, Project Happiness

Special Sneak Preview of Project Happiness Film

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The Interfaith Council at the University of Southern California will host a special preview screening of the documentary film “Project Happiness” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19 at the Ray Stark Family Theatre in the George Lucas Building on the USC campus. The movie screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion featuring Project Happiness creator and executive producer Randy Taran and members of the USC Interfaith Student Council.
The event is free and open to the public.
Sign up for your free tickets at the USC Events Page.

 

An Invitation to be part of the Foundation Group for our New Adult Coaching Program!

Project Happiness is very excited to announce that we will soon be launching a coaching and certification program for parents, grandparents, therapists and other adults interested in becoming a leader in the exciting, emerging field of social and emotional learning (SEL).  This emerging field of education is being called the “missing piece” in education today, and it is directly linked to greater academic success, and a more meaningful life.

We will help people learn how to teach social and emotional life skills through after-school programs at their local schools, community centers and faith groups.  The idea is to empower our community to give these skills to our youth, without relying upon and waiting for overburdened school systems to teach these vital character building skills. Every kid deserves the SEL advantage.

 

In the effort to make our coaching program the best it can be, we need a select few participants to help us refine it and make it more user friendly.  In exchange for your participation and feedback, we will waive all fees and tuition for your training.

Are you motivated to help change the face of education?  Do you want to lead afterschool programs that emphasize skills which help people make friends, resolve conflicts, define their values and build character?  Email Kavita at Kavita@projecthappiness.com and we will be in touch!

 

Get a Free Book!  Call for Handbook Success Stories

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Has the Project Happiness handbook improved your life or the life of someone you care about?  Do you have a testimonial regarding the book?  When we launch our new website (coming soon!) we would like to post the top five stories to the site and use some more for our community outreach.  Every person who submits a selected story, will receive a copy of the Handbook for themselves or to send to the recipient of your choice as our show of thanks.  Help us get the word out and get a free book to someone you care about.  Happiness is contagious!

Please send your stories to Kavita at Kavita@projecthappiness.com .  No story is too small so don’t be shy!  And thanks again for being part of the movement!

 

Project Happiness Introduces Guest Bloggers

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We are thrilled to announce our latest partnership with happiness evangelists from around the globe.  Every week, new guest bloggers will share their thoughts, philosophies, opinions and more on what happiness means to them.
Check out the most recent entry by Robert Mack, author of “Happiness from the Inside Out: The Art and Science of Fulfillment” as well as last week’s video blog from Lisa Nichols, featured author from “The Secret”.

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