Category Archives: Outreach

Project Happiness and Native Cry Team Up To Tackle Depression and Suicide On Reservations


By Lynn Armitage Sadly, people all over the world suffer from depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the second most debilitating disease after heart disease by the year 2020; and unless something is done about it, by 2030, it will be the No. 1 health issue throughout the world. It’s especially troubling when our own children battle the blues. More than 10 years ago, after Randy Taran’s then-14-year-old daughter said to her one day, “I want … Continue reading

The Blend at Paris Junior College Promotes Project Happiness


At the recent PJC Homecoming Parade, The Blend promoted theirThe Paris Junior College student club, The Blend, has worked all semester on Project Happiness. The campaign is designed to “activate happiness in your community” according to club sponsor and PJC Spanish Instructor Kelli Ebel. As part of the campaign, club members placed signs around campus, hoping to inspire fellow students. The notes are mostly placed on benches where students will notice them between classes. Another part of the project was … Continue reading

Ridgewood High School Encourages Students to Find Their Happiness

Brian and Emily from Project Happiness lead an assembly of 900 students at Norridge High School

Ridgewood High School wants to see students happy. Not a day without homework happy. Not ‘we’ve got a sub today’ happy. Not free pizza in the cafeteria happy. But really happy, exuding real and lasting happiness regardless of exterior factors. Ridgewood officials are so committed to the effort that they spent several hours Oct. 25 working with students to identify true happiness. The effort included students viewing the award-winning film “Project Happiness,” which follows a senior high class from California … Continue reading

What Makes You Happy? Students from Berkeley Answer This Question Through Film


I had the wonderful opportunity to judge some great student films from Dacher Keltner’s Course on Human Happiness at Berkeley. Here’s a blogpost about it from Jason Marsh, Editor in Chief, Greater Good Magazine, who put it all together. Check out the films – they will make you smile…RT What makes you happy? That was the question more than 400 UC Berkeley students had to consider before they completed Psychology 162 this past spring. This was no ordinary assignment, and … Continue reading

Happiness. Most Precious Gem At Cartier’s Trunk Show

Next Tuesday, September 14th, Cartier in Palo Alto will host a special trunk show to support and raise awareness of our efforts to introduce positive social and emotional skills in local Bay Area schools. Schools, businesses and households are being forced to do a lot more with a lot less and Project Happiness delivers proven techniques to do just that. A recent study found that social emotional learning, improved student grade performance by 11% more than double the improvement from … Continue reading

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 (half, maybe…). So I think I’m doing pretty well. But as an adolescent I did not respond well to challenge – I saw it as … Continue reading

From Flower come Flowers: Field Report from Kathmandu

Hello, I am Kaurav (Khil) Bogati from Kathmandu Nepal. Nepal was thought of as a beautiful and peace country in the years before our favorite king was murdered. Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev is regarded as the best king in our history. He was the source of authentic happiness in the minds of Nepalese people. After his untimely death our Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal which is now called Republic of Nepal is suffering from strikes, blockades, demonstrations, electric … Continue reading

First Private Showing was a Success

We held a “benefit dinner and auction” and a private showing of Project Happiness, the film, on November 15th at the Letterman Theater in the Presidio of San Francisco. The Santa Cruz Sentinel (newspaper) wrote up their take on this premiere. We’ll point you at photos from the event in a few days.

Faces of Happiness- new community-created art for Project Happiness

We launched a new activity a couple of weeks ago and we hope it will build up over time. Called Faces of Happiness, it’s an interactive process by which the Project Happiness community can create an online photo mosaic based on four key questions and on “your” reactions to them thru photography. You play using email and your digital photos. We suggest that you play from a mobile phone, but you can use regular email if your phone doesn’t do … Continue reading

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