|By PR Newswire||
|September 24, 2012 10:37 PM EDT||
ORGANIZATIONS SHARE GLOBAL MISSION OF CREATING HAPPINESS FOR ALL
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization specializing in emotional resilience-building programs, will partner with Laughing Man Worldwide, a entrepreneurship for humanity incubator that gives 100% of profits to charity with a focus on education, community development and entrepreneurship across the globe, on the launch of Hungry 4 Happiness, a viral grassroots fundraising campaign which combines a "chain" of dinner parties that will benefit Project Happiness through a platform that includes in-home promotion, social media outreach and blogger call-to-action.
"We are thrilled that Laughing Man Worldwide is sponsoring Hungry 4 Happiness. Their mission of sustainability, happiness, and education could not be more perfectly aligned with our goals at Project Happiness," said Brian Rusch, COO of the organization.
The concept is simple: participants "plant a seed" by hosting a meal and a screening of the film Project Happiness for friends. Guests agree to make a donation to Project Happiness and to host their own screening party. With each meal, the reach of Project Happiness grows and expands to provide resources to schools around the world. 100% of the proceeds from the Hungry 4 Happiness campaign go directly to fund Project Happiness educational programs around the world.
Project Happiness provides each host with a screening toolkit (which includes gifts and promotions from participating sponsors) and a gift of a one year membership to 7 Doors to Happiness, Project Happiness' online course currently used by the University of Southern California in their Science of Happiness course.
ABOUT PROJECT HAPPINESS:
Project Happiness is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization specializing in emotional resilience-building programs that address the growing epidemics of depression, anxiety, and bullying around the world. The organization provides tools to manage the stress, depression, and suicides that are devastating families, schools and communities throughout the world.
Project Happiness programs are used by people of all ages and endorsed by public schools, private institutions and universities around the United States and the world. Drawn from research in positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness, Project Happiness' scientifically proven strength-based approach teaches techniques to cultivate one's own authentic happiness. Using an interactive handbook, award-winning film, and innovative educational programs, Project Happiness is empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.
In the first half of 2012 alone, Project Happiness provided scholarship programs to over 400 schools and 120 organizations around the world. In the same six months, materials were requested from 6 continents, 57 countries, and 49 US states.
For more information, visit hungry4happiness.org
ABOUT LAUGHING MAN WORLDWIDE:
Hugh Jackman started Laughing Man Worldwide to help entrepreneurs help humanity by creating companies the support livelihood, dignity, and laughter. Laughing Man Coffee & Tea is the first company under this model. In 2009, Hugh Jackman visited Ethiopia as a World Vision Australia Ambassador and encountered a local coffee farmer named Dukale. Jackman joined Dukale on his farm to see how the naturally grown coffee that Dukale cultivated brought new jobs, prosperity and hope to his community. Struck by Dukale's perseverance to improve his family's quality of life, Jackman promised he would help and joined forces with his friend, David Steingard, who was starting a specialty coffee company at the time, inspired by the work of farmers like Dukale. It was then that Laughing Man Worldwide was born and Jackman and Steingard embarked on a mission to combine a love for coffee and support of the entrepreneurial spirit to work towards "All Be Happy."
Laughing Man Worldwide gives 100% of profits from its stake in the companies it creates to charity with a focus on education, community development and new businesses across the globe. Their aim is simple "May all be happy, may all be free of disease, may all have well being and none suffer misery of any kind."
For more information, visit livelaughingman.com
SOURCE Project Happiness