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Key Happiness Facts
(Click here for Citations and a Brief Paper on How our World Can Become Much Happier)

World's Happiest Countries:
 
1. Nigeria
 2. Mexico
 3. Venezuela
 4. El Salvador
 5. Puerto Rico
 (U.S. ranks 16th)

Countries with Highest Levels of Subjective Well-Being:
 
1. Puerto Rico
 2. Mexico
 3. Denmark
 4. Columbia
 5. Ireland

Click here for the complete ranking and more information

Americans consider happiness more important to them than money, moral goodness, and even going to Heaven.

Americans are, on average, only 69 percent happy.

The world population is, on average, less than 65 percent happy.

37 percent of the people on Forbes list of Wealthiest Americans are less happy than the average American.

At any given time, one forth of Americans are mildly depressed

14 percent of the nations on Earth are less than 50 percent happy.

Happiness Increase Experiments published in peer review journal have empirically demonstrated that individuals can be trained to be 25 percent happier through various training programs in from two to ten weeks.

All demographic variables combined, including age, sex, income, race, and education, are responsible for only 15 percent of the difference in happiness levels between individuals.

American Children feel happy 52 percent of the time, neutral 29 percent of the time, and unhappy 19 percent of the time.

Americans' personal income has increased more than 2 1/2 times over the last 50 years, but their happiness level has remained the same.

Americans earning more that $10 million annually are only slightly happier than average Americans.

(Click here for Citations and a Brief Paper on How our World Can Become Much Happier)


 

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How to Start a Happiness Show

    Starting your own cable television or internet happiness show is easier than you might think.  Let's begin with how to create a cable show.  Firstly you need to find out if your community has a public access cable television station.  These stations cablecast programs locally and often present programming by churches and civic organizations.

    If your city or town has a station, you’re in luck and your next step is to find out what their producing and cable casting requirements are.  In small towns and cities, you would speak with the station manager or person in charge of programming.  In larger cities like New York, there is often a website describing these requirements.  Googling "cable access", or “public cable access” and the name of your town, city or county should tell you if your local station has a website. Generally, anyone who lives in a community having a cable access television station can produce a show, and this opportunity is offered on a first come first served basis.

    If your community does not have a cable access station, you might want to see if any towns or cities nearby have one.  If they do, and you know someone who lives there, it is often possible to have them "produce" the show, meaning that they sign a contract with the station simply stating that they assume responsibility for the content presented on your show.

    Some stations require that you have your own crew to control the cameras and video recording panel.  In this case, your crew would first go through a basic training course to familiarize them with the equipment and procedures.  Other stations will have their own personnel that will do all of this for you, which generally makes it easier to schedule taping sessions and frees you  to devote more time and energy to your presentation. 

    The episodes are usually taped and edited simultaneously, which means that you present the entire show from beginning to end with no interruptions.  The director directs the show by keeping a few fingers on buttons controlling the cameras (usually three; long shot, middle shot, and close up).  In this way, the director alternates camera shots, and only the camera selected at any one time will deliver the audio-video signal to the video recorder used to record the episode.

    A station will often require that you tape four or five episodes before they add your program to their cable cast schedule.  They want to ensure that you are both committed, and able, to create a number of episodes before they schedule your time slot and present your shows to the public.  Some larger cities and towns with many individuals wanting to produce shows may only allow you to produce and present a dozen episodes, while others will allow you to present as many episodes as long as you like.  Some cities will also offer you the opportunity to produce and present one-time special presentations rather than an entire series.

    The next step is creating your show’s content.  I created the first twenty five episodes of The Happiness Show in lecture style before Lionel became my co-host.  I simply made an outline of the material I wanted to present, and then referred to it while taping.  In order to help you develop your own outlines, and to provide you with ideas for the kind of material you may want to present, I have made available these outlines available to you for review.  Simply click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to see the list and select specific episode outlines.

    There are some other details that you’ll need to address like make up and clothing.  Generally you want to avoid bright colors like white and yellow.  It's sometimes a good idea to apply a skin tone base powder to your face in order to minimize light reflections.  Have a hand mirror and a comb nearby (but out of camera view) so that you can make last minute preparations.  A large sign on your set displaying the title of your show is a good idea.  You can create one on your computer and have a copy center enlarge it for you.

    Doing a show alone can work well.   Its like teaching a course in front of a class of students, and you can feel assured that you always have the cameras’ undivided attention!  Just make sure to always turn to face the camera that the director has selected as the recording camera. (it usually has a light above it that goes on when it has been selected as the active camera).  Doing a show with either a guest or a co-host is generally more fun, and interesting for the viewer, but remember that working with others makes scheduling the taping sessions a bit more complicated.

    Usually the show will run about twenty eight minutes.  This leaves time for an introduction and an ending to your show, which the cable station staff will often create for you.  There’s where you put your credits and any other information you would like to present.          

    Generally, your provide the studio with the VHS videocassette for every episode you do, and after the show is presented the cassette is yours to present in other venues if you wish.  You may find that various communities nearby present public access programming, and they are usually eager for new material.  In these cases, just like with the production, you simply need someone who lives there to "sponsor" the show.  You can then use your original videocassettes or make copies of them to present in those  communities.  (When making copies of your original videocassette, it is a good idea to use a video amplifier --about $50 at Radio Shack--  so that your copies are as high quality as possible).  If you’d like to present your show to a community far from yours and you know someone who lives there, you can simply mail them your episodes.  Your  associate will then take them to the station periodically

    If your community does not have a public access station, you can still easily create your own happiness show for cable or internet presentation using your own camera and video recorder.  While most studios will have three cameras set up for different shots, using one camera for your show can work very well.  View some of the infomercials on television and you will notice that they will sometimes hold the same shot for many minutes at a time.   
    In order to video tape your own shows, all you will need is a video camera, a clip-on microphone, good strong lighting, and a VCR.  There are many analog and digital video formats available, and almost every one of them can record video suitable for cablecast.   The only format you should first test thoroughly is the digital video taken by digital cameras.  Some digital cameras will take excellent video, while others will record video that can appear choppy.

    Once you have your episodes, you may want to upload them to a website like I have done, and present them to the world in streaming video format.  To do this, your computer will need a video card ($50-$100), and Windows Movie Maker software (a free download from Microsoft.com).  I recommend the Windows format rather than QuickTime, Real player, or other video formats simply because the vast majority of new computers are PCs that come with the Windows Media Player software needed to see your videos already installed.  Mac users can easily download a Mac-compatible player for free from Microsoft.  Making videos for the internet can involve some details I haven’t explained here.  If you begin recording happiness shows and need advice on how to present them on the internet, just email me and I’ll try to guide you through the process.

 

 

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