Project Happiness Virtual Race for Mental Wellness

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David Taran, founder of Project Happiness is eager to announce the Virtual Race of Mental Wellness.

Project Happiness is announcing its first global campaign - The Virtual Race for Mental Wellness. In a climate when school shootings and suicides are in the news, and the World Health Organization has declared that depression is the leading cause of suffering worldwide, we need a massive intervention. Project Happiness provides engaging, science-based preventive wellness programs for schools, organizations and an online community of 2.5 million. The nonprofit aims to reach 10 million people by the year 2025 with this inaugural race.

“The good news is that happiness is not just a state; it’s a skill that can be learned, and the need is greater than ever,” says Randy Taran, Co-Founder and CEO of Project Happiness Global. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by depression or anxiety. According to the American Psychological Association, when school is in session, kids are the most stressed group in the country. Two out of three youth in the U.S. today are stressed. In 2018, Project Happiness began a pilot program in partnership with LG Electronics USA initiative “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness” to bring Project Happiness programs to high schools around the country. This school year, the program is tripling in size. “This race is the perfect way to show our support, in order to reach even more people in underserved communities with our programs,” says Co-Founder David Taran.

The Virtual Race for Wellness is an exciting way to involve youth, adults and communities in feeling good and doing good through physical movement. In a Virtual Race, every step taken, no matter where you live or work, no matter who you are or what you do, helps Project Happiness reach their goal of bringing our programs to those who need it most, regardless of financial constraints.

Participants register for one month of fitness from September 15th to October 15th, move towards their health goals, and change lives. Participants can join individually or create a team of family, friends and/or co-workers. Their involvement supports Project Happiness in educating youth and people of all ages with proven tools for greater happiness and wellbeing.

Registration is now open for early-bird pricing at In addition to the month-long social media wellness challenges, many generous donors have sponsored special wellness giveaways. One winner will get a 4-day stay at Nihi Sumba, near Bali, which has been ranked the #1 resort in the World by Travel & Leisure Magazine for two years running. Together we can erase the stigma to mental wellness and promote emotional resilience and a better life for all.

About Project Happiness: Project Happiness, a pro-purpose non-profit, was founded by Randy and David Taran in response to their teenager’s struggle with depression. The organization was created to help restore emotional resiliency through teaching evidence-based happiness skills for schools, mental health professionals, organizations, and communities globally. It now reaches 2.5 million globally. Using the best of neuroscience, mindfulness and the Science of Happiness, the mission is to empower people with the resources to create happiness within themselves and the world.

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