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Project Happiness Documentary and Film Guide


Both the film and film guide will be delivered digitally.

If you'd rather buy a digital copy or rent the documentary, follow this link to buy or rent on Vimeo!

Happiness is a universal quest. But what does it really mean? In this award-winning documentary, youth from three continents interview George Lucas, Richard Gere, and neuroscientist Richard Davidson on the nature of lasting happiness.

They eventually travel to India for an unforgettable private audience with the XIV Dalai Lama. Through their eyes, gain a new perspective on how to expand happiness and live a meaningful life. Authentic happiness is not only possible – it’s closer than you think. 

What’s Included:

The Project Happiness Documentary focuses on four teens from Santa Cruz, California, who are introduced to peers in Nigeria and India. Each faces personal obstacles to happiness: loss, alienation, and the everyday challenges of being a teenager passing into adulthood. At the end of the year together, the three groups converge in Dharamsala, India, for a rare private interview with the Dalai Lama – an event that rocks their expectations, brings more questions than answers, and marks a new chapter in their lives.

Starring: George Lucas, Richard Gere, Richard Davidson, XIV Dalai Lama

Run time: 60 minutes

Film Study Guide:

Viewing the documentary is just the beginning of a transformative journey. This Film Study Guide for the award-winning Project Happiness Documentary is designed to encourage deep thought and discussion around what it means to be authentically happy. 

With opportunities for hands-on engagement with the concepts in the film,  it provides seven thematic lessons correlated with Social and Emotional Learning and the chapters of the Project Happiness Handbook.


I. Happiness 
II. Obstacles to Happiness
III. Self-Reflection
IV. Self-Mastery
V. Compassion in Action
VI. Interdependence
VII. Share your gifts

Work through each lesson or select specific lessons that are relevant to your needs.

Suggested Discussion Time: 60 minutes

If you'd like our founder, Randy Taran, to come to speak at your event, please check out our speaker series information on our website.

What people are saying on Amazon:

I highly recommended PROJECT HAPPINESS for anyone feeling down and out, for families, rehab centers, middle and high school classrooms across the country - if for no other reason, but to open up fresh dialogue between our people, especially our young people; to help them address and share their concerns, challenges and emotional upheavals we all face in a world struggling for equilibrium.

PROJECT HAPPINESS is a welcome tonic and possible cure for the roller-coaster ride and angst that is growing up - and being human.”

If you've ordered the Project Happiness Handbook, or the documentary film, they are physical products that will be shipped to you. 

If you've ordered anything else, including the Educational Curriculum, they are digital downloads, and you'll receive an email shortly after you've purchased! 

Please contact us with any concerns or questions at: hello@projecthappiness.org