Adversity and the Art of Happiness
"Adversity and the Art of Happiness" is a documentary about people who have faced adversity and the lessons they have learned.
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The Quest for Happiness Documentary
According to Deloitte’s Shift Index survey -- 80% of people are dissatisfied with their jobs. The consumption of anti-depressants is rising every year and the vast number of people taking antidepressants, live in the wealthiest countries in the world. It appears that although many who live in the Western World have access to material things they have not found the recipe for happiness.
I am a travel videographer but I also help people to follow their passion of living abroad and traveling by teaching them how to make a living with travel videos. I teach people about videography through an online course as well as during workshops in the US and France.
The purpose of this campaign is to gather funds to create a documentary, called The Quest for Happiness examining the most important question in our lives:
What is happiness… and how do we attain it?
Through this documentary, I want to explore the notion of happiness and inspire people to pursue their own version of happiness. Toward this purpose, I am going to interview people around the world about the concept of happiness, especially those who have made major changes as a result of trauma, spiritual quest or other epiphanies that caused them to radically change their lives in order to actively pursue their happiness in a new place or a new way.
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In addition to people like you I would like to interview experts with an academic background on the subject of happiness. But I will also attempt to do interviews with well-known personalities like The Dalai Lama or Simon Pegg (Hector and the Search for Happiness) or even Jon Stewart (he is leaving the Daily Show).
In this documentary I will entertain the following questions:
Happiness and the Individual
What choices in life lead to happiness?
Is Happiness simply an attitude or dependent on circumstances?
How do we make positive changes in our lives and overcome our fears?
Happiness on Location
Can certain places help make us happy?
What are the happiest countries in the world and why?
How do society and culture contribute to our happiness?
Happiness in Practice
How do we lead happy relationships?
Do certain activities make us happy?
How does money contribute to our happiness?
How do we find our passion and make a living with it?
Can certain spiritual pursuits make us happy?
Timeline and Funding
I will start filming in October over the course of 9 months and complete the editing in the following 3 months. The deadline for completing this project is therefore October 2016. I will continuously post updates during that time. Including photos, videos and blogs.
I will use my funds purely for travel arrangements, such as flights, hotels and food. The more funds I gather the more countries and people I can visit.
I projected that I need at least 10,000$ to cover three continents, Europe, Asia and North America. But if I can gather more than that then I would like to include South America and Africa as well, in order to get the perspective from people living in developing countries, but also to visit people in the Amazon and remote regions of Africa.
Please help me to fund this project to inspire people around to world to follow their passion and pursue their happiness. If I do not reach my goal of 10,000$ I will not be able to make this documentary, so I am really hoping for your support.
Anyone supporting The Quest for Happiness will be able to watch the documentary in full and free of charge on Vimeo. If you pledge 50$ you will receive a DVD in the post. Anyone pledging more than 50$ will also have their logo and company name shown in the credits as well as on the The Quest for Happiness website.