This week on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose speaks with Randy Taran, the Creator/Executive Producer of Project Happiness. With the unspoken epidemic of stress and depression infiltrating every community, how can kids (of all ages) learn to generate their own happiness regardless of the situations they face? Follow three groups of high school students from three continents on a quest to understand the nature of lasting happiness.
What they discover uncovers the potential for happiness that is in us all. The film focuses on four teens from Santa Cruz, California. Each faces personal obstacles to happiness: loss, alienation and the everyday challenges of being a teenager passing into adulthood. An innovative project that asks the question “How do we achieve lasting happiness?” introduces them by internet and video diaries to their peers in Nigeria and India and quickly leaves lectures and books behind. The teens also engage in conversations with cultural icons George Lucas, Richard Gere and groundbreaking neuroscientist Richard Davidson. The three international groups ultimately meet face to face in India for the first time to prepare for a rare private audience with the Dalai Lama.
Listen to the Show Here on Explore Your Spirit with Kala Radio
More About Randy Taran:
Randy Taran is the founder of Project Happiness, a non-profit organization that empowers youth and parents to create greater happiness in their lives through social and emotional learning. She is the co-author of the Project Happiness Handbook, a detailed workbook that illustrates best practices in promoting emotional intelligence and character building for people of all ages. To promote lasting happiness, Randy produced a documentary film where students from three continents met the Dalai Lama, George Lucas, Richard Gere, and neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson. An experiential learning curriculum that grew from the film is being used in classrooms and youth programs globally. This curriculum has been taught in over 25 schools nationwide. Internationally, the curriculum has also served students in Guatemala, Australia, India, Canada, Nepal and in 15 schools in Nigeria. Randy is also the founder of Spring Communications, which develops and produces youth-oriented television and film programming. She has developed several peace-related projects in collaboration with the Dalai Lama Foundation, Jane Goodalls’ Roots&Shoots and other grass-roots organizations. Past projects include Peace Wall, and the film series “Focused on Peace”. More info at: ProjectHappiness.com