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Randy Taran
Randy Taran Bio
Randy Taran is the founder of Project Happiness, a non-profit that empowers youth to create greater happiness in their lives and in the world. She is the co author, with Maria Lineger, of the Project Happiness Handbook. Programs which grew from the book, make the best of positive psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness accessible nationwide and in over 90 countries.

Randy is also the producer of the award winning Project Happiness Documentary where students from 3 continents interview George Lucas, Richard Gere, Dr Richard Davidson and the Dalai Lama on lasting happiness.2014-03-18-ScreenShot20140317at8.16.02PM.png

Randy is based in Northern California with her husband, 3 children and 3 dogs.

Entries by Randy Taran

7 Ways to Take Back Valentine's Day

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Valentine's Day does not have to be about your one and only -- that's the traditional way, but it's limited. What if Valentine's Day was a time to celebrate LOVE and the many ways it can show up? Here are seven easy ideas to expand the feeling of love. How...

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3 Triggers Every Parent Needs to Know

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 2:37 PM

"Help me -- I feel alone, trapped and my options are down to zero." There isn't a week that goes by without hearing that another teen has attempted or "successfully" committed suicide. In my own neighborhood, there have been at least 14 deaths since 2009. Even one is too much.

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Happy Thanksgiving: 7 Tips for Making It Mindful

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:03 PM


On Thanksgiving, "mindful" can prevent "meltdown." Here are a few reframes to help you enjoy the holiday in a new way:

1. "When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are...

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The Alphabet of Happiness: 'Q'

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Have you ever longed for more happiness? One thing that just makes sense is that the more ways you know to access happiness, the more of it you will experience. We're not just talking about the laugh-till-you-cry extreme; we're including the subtle ways to bring more joy into your life,...

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The Alphabet of Happiness: 'P'

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Here are a few reminders from the letter "P" of how even a small shifts can cause big changes. Play, purpose, poise and peace are all access points to your innate joy. See what resonates most for you.

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put...

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10 cosas que hacen los amigos de verdad

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 2:01 AM

Alguna gente cree que eres la combinación de las cinco personas con las que más tiempo pasas.

Esto también es aplicable a la amistad. Las siguientes son las cualidades por las que estoy agradecida a mis amigos. Aunque cada uno tenemos cualidades distintas, pensar en mis amigos...

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10 Dinge, die ECHTE Freunde tun

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 5:51 PM

Manch einer sagt, dass jeder von uns die Schnittmenge aus den fünf Menschen ist, mit denen wir die meiste Zeit verbringen.

Das gilt auch für Freundschaften. Hier sind einige der Eigenschaften, für die ich meinen Freunden dankbar bin. Während unterschiedliche Menschen verschiedene Qualitäten haben, bringt es mich zum Lächeln,...

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10 cose che i veri amici fanno

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 7:54 AM

Qualcuno sostiene che ognuno di noi sia la media delle caratteristiche delle cinque persone che frequenta di più. Funziona anche con le amicizie. Ecco alcune delle qualità che ritrovo nel mio gruppo di amici, per le quali sono grata. Anche se persone diverse hanno qualità diverse, semplicemente pensare...

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10 Things That Real Friends Do

(19) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Some believe that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

This goes for friendships, too. Here are some of the qualities that I am grateful for in my friends. While different people have different qualities, just thinking about them makes...

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The Alphabet of Happiness: O

(6) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Randy Taran, author of the Project Happiness Handbook talks about the many ways to experience more happiness. Here are a few reminders from the letter "O" of how even a simple shift in perspective can cause a big change in how you experience your world.

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10 Things Creative People Do

(14) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Have you ever wondered why some people are more creative than others? Did you ever wish that you had more of that particular gene? The good news is that research shows that happiness and creativity are not only related, they can be developed. Here are 10 ways to...

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The Alphabet of Happiness: 'N'

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:51 PM

Happiness can be found through many doors, and one of the most powerful is through being in the NOW. The invitation is to get beneath the surface static to be present for the essence of who you are. In my Alphabet of Happiness, I explore the various facets...

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Happiness Now: What Do the U.N., Pharrell and Ellen Have in Common?

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:53 PM

From Pharrell William's song "Happy" at the top of the Billboard chart, to Ellen's "I am Happy" hoodie, worn backstage at the Oscars, happiness is in the news. Thursday, March 20 is the second official U.N. sanctioned International Day of Happiness, and people all around the...

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The Alphabet of Happiness: 'M'

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:09 PM

The word happiness means many things to different people. Some would argue that happiness can be superficial, but they are missing the deeper aspects. By exploring the facets of creating a meaningful life where wellbeing thrives, we open ourselves to the fullness, beauty and inspiring moments that life has to...

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Is Happiness a Choice?

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 8:51 AM

So far, over 2.5 million people have seen the post, over 25,000 have shared it and the comments just keep coming. What's up? The cartoon says: "Every single day you make a choice." It features a guy sitting on one side of the bus looking out the window...

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Making New Year's Resolutions: Tap Into the Power of Intention

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Have you ever set your New Year's resolutions only to find a few months after that you lost interest, moved onto something more urgent or just ditched the idea altogether? It's not enough to set goals -- what's missing is tapping into your intention. Here are five ways to help...

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Alphabet of Happiness: 'L'

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:28 PM

How many ways does happiness show up in your life, and what are the strategies to experience more of it? Happiness, meaning and connection are close at hand. Here are three more ways from the "Alphabet of Happiness" to bring it home:

Laughter is the shortest distance between...

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Cyberbullying Apps -- Why Are We Allowing Anonymous Cruelty?

(10) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Last week, 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick jumped from a platform at an abandoned cement factory to her death after being tormented online and through cellphone apps. Suicide victims are getting younger all the time. What will it take for us as a society to take responsibility, rather than...

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The Alphabet Happiness: 'K'

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 1:57 PM

From awe to ecstasy, from contentment to delight, happiness shows up in so many different ways. The good news is that the more you focus on it, the more your brain responds. In her "Alphabet of Happiness," Randy Taran takes a closer look at aspects of happiness just...

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The Alphabet of Happiness: 'J'

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 11:59 AM

Do you believe that more happiness is possible? The simple choice of what you focus on can shape your neural pathways and your experience. This also opens new ways to express the many facets of happiness, ranging from inner peace to uncontrolled laughter. Here, we'll explore three of...

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