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HAPPY is a feature documentary that takes us on an incredible journey around the world, exploring the power and mystery of human happiness.

Please click on the "Updates" tab at the top to see the latest video uploads about the film.

WE DID IT!

Well everyone, thanks to your undying love, support, and generosity, HAPPY has finally reached its goal...and almost a day ahead of time! We're so grateful for everything you've done. With the money we've raised here, we can finally finish the film's music, sound mixing, graphics, and animation, as well as give all of you some wonderful awards.

But the journey doesn't end here! With the fans and outreach we've achieved here on Kickstarter, we can hopefully spread happiness to many others. So please be sure to stick with us! We've come a long ways making this film, and we want the world to be able to see and learn from it.

Thank you so much! The HAPPY Team

Why a Documentary on Happiness?

A friend of mine told me about a New York Times article that said that while America is one of the richest countries in the world, we are nowhere near the happiest. Then I learned that the Western scientific approach to mental health and well being focuses more on treating sadness and depression than it does on cultivating strengths and happiness. But that is changing. There is a new field of psychology called "positive psychology" being pioneered by many of the leading psychiatrists and neuro-scientists around the world.

So for the past 4 years my fellow filmmakers and I traveled the globe to 14 countries, from India to Namibia and all across the US, on a journey to uncover the mysteries of our most coveted emotion. We interviewed leading happiness researchers and spoke with amazing people we met along the way in order to demystify the role that happiness plays in our lives and to learn how to cultivate it for ourselves.

This film is a non-profit documentary on happiness, and with your generosity we will be able to share our experiences.

We Truly Need Your Help...

We have come so far! All of the footage has been shot and edited...we are just about at the finish line...and we need finishing funds to get our film completed and out into the world. We are so close!

HELP US FINISH OUR FILM



Your donation will help us pay for the composing and recording of an original music score as well as for professional graphics and animation for the film. We're offering some pretty cool rewards for any donation that you can possibly make - large or small.

If you'd rather receive a tax write-off for your contribution, please write a check to our fiscal sponsor:

"Creative Visions Foundation" with the words "HAPPY documentary" in the Memo and mail to:

CREATIVE VISIONS FOUNDATION

3216 Nebraska Ave.

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Thank you very much for your support and for taking the time to read this. We wouldn't be able to finish this film without you. -Roko

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