Happiness Challenge: Day 4

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March 28th, 2015 | Film Screening Oakville, ON Canada

Cameron Helps, Canada Feb 21

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October, 2015 | Speaking Event, Andover, MD

More details to be announced. http://www.andoverp2p.com/

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10 Things Creative People Do

Originally published in the Huffington Post – May 12th, 2014 Have you ever wondered why some people are more creative than others? Did you ever wish that you had more of that particular gene? The good news is that researchshows that happiness and creativity are not only related, they can be developed. Here are 10 ways […]

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Conversation with Terri Feinberg, Educator – Agent of Happiness

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 […]

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Conversation with Angel Gustavo Ruiz, Latin America Program Director – Agent of Happiness

Prof. Angel Gustavo Ruiz is the President and Founder of Circulo de Estudios del Nuevo Pensamiento AC and Program Director of Project Happiness in Latin America. Gustavo Ruiz also started International Day of Happiness (www.internationalhappinessday.org), a collaboration between Project Happiness and Club de la Felicidad, as a movement to promote happiness as a universal goal […]

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Happiness Now: What Do the U.N., Pharrell and Ellen Have in Common?

Originally published in the Huffington Post – March 19th, 2014 From Pharrell William’s song “Happy” at the top of the Billboard chart, to Ellen’s “I am Happy” hoodie, worn backstage at the Oscars, happiness is in the news. Thursday, March 20 is the second official U.N. sanctioned International Day of Happiness, andpeople all around the globe are […]

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Conversation with Hector Estrada – Agent of Happiness

Hector 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 […]

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Making New Year’s Resolutions: Tap Into the Power of Intention

Originally published in the Huffington Post – December 31st, 2013 Have you ever set your New Year’s resolutions only to find a few months after that you lost interest, moved onto something more urgent or just ditched the idea altogether? It’s not enough to set goals — what’s missing is tapping into your intention. Here […]

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Choosing Happiness When Living With a Brain Tumor

Project Happiness supporter Rebecca Acquisto recently shared with us how she finds happiness in the face of the most difficult life circumstances. May we all draw inspiration from Rebecca’s story and choose happiness, daily.  How to be happy when living with a Brain Tumor Before September 3rd 2013, I was a 54-year-old widow living alone […]

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The Healing Power of Nature

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” -John Muir In my last blog on the growing numbers of kids being diagnosed with ADHD, I wondered out loud about the potential negative effects in our modern culture of things […]

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Cyberbullying Apps — Why Are We Allowing Anonymous Cruelty?

Originally published in the Huffington Post – September 18, 2013 Last month, 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick jumped from a platform at an abandoned cement factory to her death after being tormented online and through cellphone apps. Suicide victims are getting younger all the time. What will it take for us as a society to take responsibility, […]

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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:  When I was invited to speak at the first-ever conference on happiness in South-East Europe, […]

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April Fools’ Day: Your Excuse to Lighten Up!

Originally published in the Huffington Post – April 1, 2013 What if April 1 was more than a day to do pranks on others; what if it was a reminder to laugh at ourselves? How many people deal with the pressure to be perfect? That can be a big burden that proves unsatisfying even when […]

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Project Khushi – Muskaan and Arpana Trust partner to bring Project Happiness to India

A year long journey of milestones for the “Kushi” project (Project Happiness) with adolescents, at Arpana Trust, New Delhi.

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Common Ground Magazine Sings Praises of Project Happiness

When Randy Taran’s eldest daughter was a teenager, she approached her mother with a very serious concern: she was stressed out, and while she wanted to be happy, she didn’t know how. Taran, heartbroken and unsure of how to respond to or guide her daughter, first sought the guidance of experts and soon ended up […]

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Mother’s Day: Gifts from the Heart

Have you ever received gifts that were fun in the moment but lost their allure almost as fast as you unwrapped the package? Material gifts may satisfy short-term desires, but it is the human connection that leaves a lasting impression. Instead of going to the store to buy Mom another bottle of perfume, think about […]

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How can you find happiness in times like these?

I have spent a ton of time lately thinking about how to find happiness in times like these. I think about all the different situations that surround so many people in my life. So how can you find happiness when: you’ve lost your job, you’ve lost your house, your child is dying, your child has […]

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5 Steps to Happiness

From the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-taran/steps-to-happiness_b_957876.html Some people set New Year’s resolutions, but I find this season, as school starts again, to be a perfect time for new beginnings. Right now I am thinking of setting some intentions, and I invite you to do the same. As the autumn leaves fall, consider shedding old habits that […]

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TONIGHT! California Film Institute presents Project Happiness!!!

We are thrilled to premiere the Project Happiness film at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Theater tonight in San Rafael, California! Tonights presentation is sponsored by the California Film Institute and will include a Q&A with Project Happiness creator Randy Taran as well as some very special guests. We hope to see you there! You […]

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Mother’s Day Gifts from the Heart

From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-taran/mothers-day-gifts-from-th_b_858350.html Have you ever received gifts that were fun in the moment but lost their allure almost as fast as you unwrapped the package? Material gifts may satisfy short-term desires, but it is the human connection that leaves a lasting impression. Instead of going to the store to buy Mom another […]

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The Advantages of Adversity

Adversity is critical to growth and happiness for so many reasons. First, adversity provides variety in life. See, from a broader perspective, there really is no bad weather. There may be lots of clouds one day or no clouds at all, the sky may be gray or it may be a brilliant blue, the sun […]

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Self-Compassion 101: Rethinking the Golden Rule

From the HuffingtonPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-taran/self-compassion_b_832602.html Is it selfish to have compassion for yourself? On an airplane, you are asked to put the oxygen mask on yourself first, so that you can help other people. Self-compassion is like that too. If you don’t take care of yourself first, you won’t be fully equipped to help others. Doing […]

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Project Love – “Love is in the Air” – Valentine’s Day at Stanford

“Love is in the Air”- Valentine’s Day at Stanford By Lauren Linsmayer and Andrew ‘Phoenix’ Dao Got love? On Valentine’s Day, the answer was a resounding “yes” in White Plaza, the student quad at Stanford. Project[Love], a student group committed to fostering compassion on campus through random acts of kindness, turned a day which is […]

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Want to get your kids into college? Let them play…:)

The power of play as an academic advantage?  A Harvard team says Yes!  Here’s a thought provoking article: http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/12/29/christakis.play.children.learning/index.html Want to get your kids into college? Let them play… By Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis, Special to CNN December 29, 2010 7:57 a.m. EST STORY HIGHLIGHTS Erika and Nicholas Christakis says they see students at Harvard […]

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Got Happiness? 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Goals Stick

From the Huffington Post   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-taran/got-happiness-10-easy-way_b_818519.html Want a happier year? Having goals can fast track you there. Yes, sometimes life can get in the way; old ingrained patterns can infiltrate good intentions. What to do? Here are 10 easy ways to help rebuild those neural pathways, so that the new goals on your happiness journey can […]

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Upcoming Stanford Conference: Happiness within Reach

Participate in Stanford’s first conference about cultivating emotional well being. Learn the science and art of awakening deep happiness, love, compassion and vibrant health. Speakers include:  Paul Ekman, Randy Taran, Jim Doty, Rick Hanson, Fred Luskin and other luminaries in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and the arts.  Everyday People too!http://www.stanford.edu/dept/rde/scs/happiness_conference/happinesswithinreach/Welcome.html

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Randy on College Bound and Determined

Catch a recent interview in which Randy discusses applications of social and emotional learning for families with college bound kids! http://webtalkradio.net/2011/01/31/college-bound-determined-%e2%80%93-how-to-build-the-foundation-for-a-solid-college-search/

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From Huffington Post: Cyberbullying: Strategies to Take Back Your Power

Everyone wants happiness for his or her child. Yet with the unprecedented rise in cyberbullying, kids are increasingly at risk of cruel and sneaky personal attacks that result in stress, humiliation and even deaths. It’s time for students and parents to take their power back.

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Happiness Flourishes in Nigeria

Emmanuel Ivorgba, Founder of Creative Minds International Academy, has brought Project Happiness to over 600 students in Nigeria. We are so grateful for his commitment and dedication! Project Happiness is being used as part of the values education class in CMIA and as an after school program in multiple schools, 9 so far! Emmanuel was an important member […]

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From Huffington Post: Want to Stop the Bullying? It Starts at Home

Parents, it’s time to smell the coffee. We’re trying to get the schools to teach our kids not to allow bullying, but the problems are escalating; it’s no longer enough to leave the responsibility in the schools’ hands. No parent wants their child to be bullied. And, no one intentionally teaches their child to become […]

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5 Happiness Tips that Every Student Needs to Know

I founded a Project Happiness to provide young people with the skills to live happier lives. In the wake of the uproar around the state of education, here are 5 Tips that every student and parent needs to know. These simple points can help any student right now. 1. Academic intelligence is great, but emotional […]

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Happy Schools = Healthy Kids

We’ve had a busy summer here at Project Happiness — we created THREE (yes, 3!) articulated programs to go with the curriculum, did our first teacher training, and taught our first CEU. But we’re not the type of people to rest upon our laurels (and, honestly, who’d want to? Have you seen laurel bushes? They […]

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First-Ever Project Happiness Continuing Education Course!

Project Happiness is thrilled to announce that, in partnership with Alliant University, we are launching an online continuing education course on July 12th entitled “Exploring Positivity in Classroom Management: A Curriculum of Wellness.” This course (2.5 CEU’s) will give teachers — new and old teachers, Project Happiness facilitators and others, science and art teachers, public […]

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Reflecting on Struggle: Reaching out to those with depression, Part 3

I have to say this is my FAVORITE part of the discussion with Nina, because it’s here where we explore the relationship between the illness, ‘depression,’ and the wellness practices of Project Happiness. Here’s how Nina (who knows a LOT about psychology, as you’ll see if you listen!) lays it out: Learning to be aware […]

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Day 10: What’s making you happy?

Doing Sunday dinner dishes. I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit…but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less. But let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules and although we all want more happiness in our lives, negativity is like […]

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Reflecting on Struggle: Reaching out to those with depression, Part 2

In the second installment of our podcast series on reaching out to those with depression, Nina Poe (see her blog on her own depression journey here) talks about her journey as a teenager struggling with depression. It was in fact partly this teenage experience that motivated Nina to start her blog. In ‘coming out of […]

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Day 9: What’s making you happy?

Early symptoms of World Cup fever. I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit…but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less. But let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules and although we all want more happiness in our lives, negativity […]

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Day 8: What’s making you happy?

Dancing on Friday night! I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less. But let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules and although we all want more happiness in our lives, negativity is […]

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Day 7: What’s making you happy today?

A friendly & kind shop clerk I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less. But let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules and although we all want more happiness in our lives, […]

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Day 6: What’s making you happy?

A stranger becoming my friend. I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less. But let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules and although we all want more happiness in our lives, negativity […]

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Day 5: What’s making you happy?

A handful of almonds! I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less-let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules. And although we all want more happiness in our lives, negativity is like Velcro […]

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Day 4: What’s making you happy?

A Sunday promenade in Berkeley. I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less-let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules. And although we all want more happiness in our lives, negativity is like […]

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Day 3: What’s making you happy?

A freshly, washed and cleaned car. What a difference! I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less-let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules. And although we all want more happiness in our […]

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Day 2: What’s making you happy?

The great cup of coffee I had this morning was bliss. Bliss, I tells-ya! I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less-let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules. And although we all […]

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Day 1: What’s making you happy?

Knowing I’m a father-to-be is making my heart glow! I read somewhere it takes 30 days to create a new habit but when I find great ice-cream, like Bi-Rite’s salted caramel, it just takes one scoop or less-Let’s be rational, ice-cream breaks a lot of rules. And although we all want more happiness in our […]

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Reflecting on Struggle: Reaching out to those with depression, Part 1

In this second series of podcasts, I interview Nina Poe, the author of the blog “Reflection on Depression” (at reflectionondepression.typepad.com). As readers of the Project Happiness Handbook know, there is no magic bullet for happiness and this is doubly true for those suffering from clinical depression. But as compassionate people — whether we are friends, […]

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Australia’s Social and Emotional Learning Advocate

An update on happychild.com.au’s Yvette Vignando: she managed to secure herself a visit with the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, during which she made her case for more Project-Happiness-type social and emotional learning in Australia’s schools. Go to http://ow.ly/1A292 to hear an interview about her visit with the prime minister on ABC Newcastle. We at Project […]

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How Teachers Can Tame the Elephant in the Room: Dr. Brooks on Resilience, Part 5

In this installment, Dr. Brooks helps teachers tame the elephant in the classroom: fear of making mistakes and being humiliated. This fear is so strong that it can severely interfere with learning. Dr. Brooks offers a proactive resilient approach in which teachers address these fears directly and lead students in problem-solving to make the classroom […]

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Why are Resilient People Usually Happy?: Dr. Brooks on Resilience, Part 4

Here Dr. Brooks and I finally make the connection between resilience and happiness. Some of the key components of resilience — identifying and displaying your strengths, helping others, and solving problems — are also things that bring satisfaction and long-term happiness. [podcast]http://www.projecthappiness.org/wp-content/uploads/brooksfourthinstallment.mp3[/podcast] Project Podcast: Take-Aways for Parents and Teachers After listening to the podcast, fill […]

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We All Have “Islands of Competence”: Dr. Brooks on Resilience, Part 3

******* In the third installment of our resilience podcast series, Dr. Brooks explains his powerful metaphor, islands of competence (see this article on his site for a powerful story about a parent applying islands of competence in her life). As a strength-based model of psychology was starting to emerge, Dr. Brooks began to think about […]

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In Search of the Charismatic Adult: Dr. Brooks on Resilience, Part 2

In this second installment of our podcast series on resilience, Dr. Brooks and I discuss the importance of the “charismatic adult” in a child’s life (a term coined by Dr. Julius Segal — see this article or check out his Amazon bibliography for more info): that adult who believes in and stands by a child […]

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Project Happiness’ Podcast Kick-Off

Welcome to our very first podcast. This series of podcasts will give parents and educators tips for leading a happier, healthier life. And we’re starting with Dr. Robert Brooks (see his website for an archive of helpful articles, info on speaking engagements, and lots of resources for parents and teachers), a psychologist on the faculty […]

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Putting Out the Fire of Parental Anxiety: Happychild.com.au’s Supportive Community

What Yvette probably didn’t hear about was the stunning range of temperaments we find in our kids. And what Yvette got was 3 boys who are utterly different temperamentally, emotionally and socially. Meanwhile, traditional parenting books tend to focus on the negative – ‘solving’ disciplinary ‘problems’ – instead of the positive gifts our children bring to the table.

But Yvette didn’t give too much credence to these books and, a decade later, her journey as a parent and a professional has led her to create happychild.com.au – a website providing resources and support to parents on raising kids with Emotional Intelligence. Like the Project Happiness Handbook, happychild.com.au focuses on building social and emotional skills. And (also like Project Happiness!), happychild.com.au is not about what parents are doing wrong, but about supporting parents as they do their best to raise happy children who will live up to their full, bright and wondrous potential.

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10 Juicy* Happiness Tips

Stress Less, Enjoy more! Have you or someone you care about ever wanted more happiness in your life? Here are 10 tips that can make a real difference: 1. Hug someone or be hugged, pet your pet, hold hands, cuddle. 2. Ask  1 or 2 people who know you well and care about you what […]

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365 Days of Happiness: Serendipity 40 Years in the Making

Over the weekend, I experienced a moment of serendipity. It was 40 years in the making. My mother often recalled the summer World Cup of 1970 on the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico, when a stranger with tears streaming down his face walked-up to her and embraced her. He held her tight and cried. And then […]

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365 Days of Happiness: Thailand-Knowing Happiness and Living Happiness

Living in San Francisco’s multi-cultural kaleidoscope has a way of inducing a sense of familiarity with the unfamiliar. The ubiquitous Thai restaurants in San Francisco gave me a false familiarity with Thailand. I left feeling excited and confident but by the second day in Bangkok I was experiencing a crisis of sorts. I wandered through […]

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365 Days of Happiness: Happiness, Haiti & Chile

The philosopher Emmanuel Kant spent nearly 11 years thinking about experience. His master work, Critique of Pure Reason, is often condensed into brief lectures that deal with the relationship between the spectator and the spectacle. Haiti. Chile. For the last month I have been a spectator. The earthquakes that have devastated so many lives did […]

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356 Days of Happiness: Winter Olympic Blues

The Winter Olympics seem to trigger very complex emotions, more so than other major sporting events. I wonder if it’s the long winter, the cold rain, or holiday echoes that predispose me to glistening eyes and pangs of melancholic joy. I was not a Winter Olympics fan. Four years ago my sweetheart forced me to […]

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Why Linoleum is a Good Role Model for Kids Today: NOTE CHANGE IN WORKSHOP TIME TO FRIDAY A.M.

How are a resilient child and resilient flooring similar and how can Project Happiness help parents increase kids’ happiness and health. A blog advocating the ‘linoleum-ization’ of our children!

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Notes from the Education Desk: 5 Ways to Reduce Brain Dead-ness[1]

I had started a blog on the clean slate, the promise, and the possibilities that the New Year bring. But then I just didn’t have the brain power to finish it…. I’m hearing similar complaints of brain dead-ness from facilitators, friends, family and even my 4-year-old daughter. Holiday travel and socializing can be incredibly rewarding […]

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The Handbook: How Will You Use It?

Tracy Bianchi, School Counselor/Faculty Member Menlo School Menlo Park, California A recipient of Project Happiness’ 2009 Radiant Heart Award for outstanding teaching, Tracy makes use of her dual roles as teacher and counselor to give students tools for resilience, self-awareness and wellness. Her positivity and energy are infectious, creating a school climate of acceptance. Adolescence is […]

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Cirque de Happiness…The Celebration Continues

What an evening! The colors, the food, the wine…and better yet, the company! Thank you everyone who attended Cirque de Happiness. We celebrated the culmination of a spectacular year while setting the stage for another year of greater health and happiness. Since initiating our pilot program in fall 2008, over 1,500 young people have participated […]

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Radiant Heart Awards

Educating the Heart; Educating the Mind Educating the Heart; Educating the Mind The Radiant Heart Awards are yearly awards given to two select individuals whose contribution to the education of our youth includes compassion, kindness, and love. These year’s honorees are Oram Ramirez and Tracy Bianchi. Oram Ramirez is a teacher at Marshall Elementary in […]

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Appreciating as an Action

So, no surprise that on Thanksgiving, as on any other day, I was caught up in the language of the occasion. In particular, I began wondering about the name of the holiday itself, Thanksgiving. Even someone without a degree in linguistics could tell you that it comes from giving thanks.[1] But the general public might […]

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A Challenge Worthy of One’s Gifts

While I still have to remind myself to take a deep breath and calm down, I think I do pretty well when faced with challenges these days. The other day I managed a work phone call while assisting my 3-year-old on the potty and making sure my 1-year-old didn’t unroll the entire toilet paper roll […]

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Implementing Project Happiness: Paddling Downstream

(See the end of the post for important Handbook ordering info!) September 21, 2009 By now almost everybody is back at school (including those people on the quarter system who like to make everyone else feel jealous in August and early September!) and in the thick of things. I am incredibly pleased to report that […]

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Japanese School Teaches Compassion

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Buffets Call for Mindfullness Education in Schools

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Technorati Here We Are

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YOUR turn!

HI EVERYONE! WE NEED YOU! It’s time for Project Happiness to have its identifying catch-phrases, taglines, descriptions, etc… and we want you to help us decide which ones are best! We are looking for… CATCHY (grabs people in) and CLEAR (describes what we’re about) and FUN!  Follow this link to a quick 30 second survey […]

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HUG it out!

Last week Rolando and I went to Marshall Elementary in SF’s Mission District to work with the 3rd graders like we do every Friday. Our topic was acceptance. We showed them the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4 to introduce them to the idea of accepting of each other, of welcoming everyone, and of connecting with each other. After showing this […]

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Field Report: In the Trenches of Social Networking

If ending our face-to-face interactions were as simple as it is in the digital sphere. I guess one can say that the ‘Talk to the hand’ fad predated the ‘un-friend’ option on Facebook. The velocity of the people we come in contact online with is so great. It’s a bit like standing on the train […]

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Transcending the Intellectual

Over the weekend, a notion that has intrigued me ever since I read “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, now, nearly four years ago, re-introduced itself in my thoughts. It is on the necessary step to transcend the intellectual ideas about peace and enlightenment to embrace the experiential. I was fresh out of Berkeley […]

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The Alchemist: Susan Boyle

The Alchemist: Susan Boyle Even the name, Susan Boyle, when I read it on someone’s Facebook profile, caused an automatic disinterest, when I learned she was somehow associated with Britain’s Got Talent show, I downright crumpled the notion of following the link and wasting my precious time. The constant mentions in various media outlets, reinforced […]

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My Quick Strategy for Happiness

My Quick Strategy for Happiness Recently when I am feeling a bit sluggish or contemplating the darker spectrum of things, I like to log into youtube and listen to these songs. I move on after a few weeks. For example a few months ago during Christmas, I was listening to American Boy by Estelle featuring […]

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Cassandra’s Curse

Cassandra’s Curse The dreaded doomsday scenario is now. Each day, by the hour, reports confirming the warning scientists and environmentalist have made for decades are broadcasted to populations and individuals responsible for and experiencing the consequences of our inactions or rather our bizarre actions. The late George Carlin said it best when he poked fun […]

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Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste!

   While flipping through “Ode” magazine last night (a magazine on positive change- http://www.odemagazine.com/), a title of an article caught my eye, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” I didn’t even read the article. The title alone had a strong impact on me. Seeing those words, “Never let a crisis go to waste,” reminded […]

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Is it magic?

My mind is still tickled by this. One of the kids at Marshall elementary when asked to draw doing that will bring her great happiness, drew a soccer ball, net and goalkeeper. The score board in her picture was 4-2. As we reviewed the pictures with the entire class, one of the kids pointed to […]

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What’s Your Recipe for Happiness?

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The cold that warms

Last Friday the Happy Squad; Kristen, Ellie, Rolando, and I went to Menlo Atherton for what was definitely one of my favorite classes.  It started with a hands-on activity from the Project Happiness handbook, which I hope everyone takes the time to try.   Hold a cube of ice in your palm for as long […]

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Noticing thoughts, feelings, actions

The other day we went in to the Menlo-Atherton Junior/Senior Leadership classroom, like we do every week. This time our topic was “THINK, FEEL, ACT.”  How do thoughts influence feelings? How do feelings influence our actions? How do actions influence our thoughts? Basically, we looked at how they all affect each other, in what order […]

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Viva La Music

A few months ago as I wrote a personal meditation, I reached a moment of clarity about the forces that rule my life. I was writing on the essence of time and space. I was writing the lamentations uttered by many before me when I realized there was something missing in my thought process. I […]

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It Begins in Your Heart and Radiates Out

Field Report: Marshall Elementary Our visit to Marshal Elementary on Friday morning was, one of my most significant moments since joining Project Happiness. Ellie and I were there promptly at 8:30 and enjoyed the school’s Friday morning assembly that included singing and general fun. From the announcements, it was clear that the economic crisis is […]

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Kristen Top Played Music.

Music is the vernacular of the human soul. – Geoffrey Latham Music is the shorthand of emotion. – Leo Tolstoy I want to share with you my favorite songs. I really believe that music is one of the greatest influences on your happiness and emotions. These songs are not necessarily “happy,” but to me they […]

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Glimmers of Happiness

Writing for me is painfully embarrassing I know that I’m no Shakespeare or Thoreau, yet I keep typing and try to channel Carrie Bradshaw, from “Sex and the City”, because in some way I hope that honesty and my public display of writing insecurity can affect at least one person.   My happiness inquiry of […]

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Happiness is everywhere!

Project Happiness is everywhere BECAUSE happiness itself is everywhere. I went to the grocery store the other day to buy food and supplies- you know, the weekly stock up. Nothing exciting. Tissues were on my list. Buying tissues isn’t normally a noteworthy experience; it’s just part of the routine that goes along with perpetually bad […]

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Hey everyone!

Hi everyone! I’m Ellie. I just joined the Project Happiness team, after moving to California a couple months ago- I’m from Michigan but just graduated from college on the East Coast. When people ask me why I moved to California, my first reaction is always… I don’t know! I just had a sense, a gut […]

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Celebrate the Distance

Project Happiness Weekly Meditation: January 19-23 Today we will listen to one of Lorraine’s mediations. Lorraine Rushton is one of the many angels that has visited and committed to supporting Project Happiness with her many gifts. The meditation is 8 minutes long so make yourself comfortable. Enjoy n’ share! Before we break and resume our […]

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No Direction Home?

When I was a wee boy I couldn’t spend enough time with my dad or my mom. I remember crying during a field trip with my kindergarten class. It was a surprise field-trip that took us just beyond the fields behind the church, a boundary my mom explicitly set. I grew up in the countryside […]

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Welcome

Welcome to the Project Happiness blog.

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