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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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,
Founder, Project Happiness
CineCause Opening Night Celebration Featuring Project Happiness
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.
Construction Resumes on Creative Minds International Academy
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 email@example.com.
Thanks for all of your support!
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.