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Build Hope Through Action

Dear SeeingHappy Community, We have an exciting opportunity to showcase your photographic talent and inspire global change! The “Hope in Action” Photography Contest, sponsored by The Hope Circuit (Instituto de Bienestar Integral), SeeingHappy, and the Primals Project, is now open for submissions.A photograph is more than an image; it is a powerful catalyst for change. As part […]

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Volume #2

When did you last go on an adventure? Using photography to explore and capture the world around us offers a unique way to see beauty in the everyday and transform our perspective. This powerful medium allows us to slow down, observe closely, and appreciate the intricate details and fleeting moments that often go unnoticed. Whether

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Life is Art.

Dear Friends, Just the other day, I saw a beautiful quote from Helena Bonham Carter, and it made me stop to think: “I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all

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A (FREE) Visual Feast

Dear Photo-Friends, In a world filled with challenges and complexities, it’s more important than ever to find moments of joy and serenity. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce “World Happiness 2023” a captivating photography book that showcases happiness in its purest form across the globe. The book is made by the Happiness Strategy foundation and

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Volume #1

When is the last time you felt truly grounded? Embracing the life stories of others, captured in each frame, becomes a catalyst for personal growth and well-being. Photography allows us to delve into diverse cultures, fostering empathy and connection as we share in the joys and challenges of individuals worldwide. In the narratives of Mariam

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A Bright New Year

Happy 2024 Everyone~ And just like that, we’ve stepped into a new year! Yesterday, there’s a strong likelihood that you or one of your friends captured photos of colorful bursts of fireworks against the night sky. This almost instinctual reaction to photograph fireworks mirrors an idea that might elevate your sense of hopefulness as you

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A Home-run on “NEEDS ME”

PRIMALS COMPETITION ENDING We are nearing the end for our first ever photo competition, “NEEDS ME”. Every day we are amazed by the unparalleled creativity and perspective you all have brought to this competition. It is incredibly inspiring to see the unique ways the SeeingHappy community contributes to the world. If you haven’t had a

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Why Primals Matter

REVISITNG PRIMALS SOUL SECRETS by Michael AlfanoSelected From Primals Photo Competition“Make visible what, without you, you might have never have been.” Robert Bresson In September we announced our first photography competition in collaboration with Jer Clifton at the University of Pennsylvania. Jer’s work is on “Primals”: the basic beliefs we hold about the world and their relationship to

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The World’s First Photography and Coaching Symposium

We are pleased to announce that SeeingHappy’s founder, Mandy Seligman, will be presenting at the first international Symposium on Photography in Coaching on November 18th, 2023. If you are looking to learn more on how to capture unique perspectives and emotions visually, deepen self-awareness, build self-confidence and various personality strengths, create a visual dialogue, develop creativity, and reconnect with yourself, others, and

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How Photography Can Make You Happier (Like It’s Made Me)

An editorial reprinted with permission from (in collaboration with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health) In 1998, a new domain of psychology called positive psychology was founded by Martin Seligman, Ph.D., at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Seligman, then the president of the American Psychological Association, was reacting to the field of psychology’s original

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Architecture and Play

Dear Friends, Let’s talk about play. Google “play” and the definition states: To engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.  Over the past fifty years there has been a steady decline in children playing. Today, children and adolescents have less time and freedom to play than kids ever have

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AI and Photography

“AI camera photo happy moments photography” created by Adobe Express text to image photo generator Dear Friends, There has been a great deal of talk lately about AI and the impact it is going to have on our lives. One place that it has already caused major headaches is photography: the world famous Sony Awards

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Art is Good For you

Dear Friends, We want to tell you about a groundbreaking new book, Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross. We are sure that all of you who subscribe and submit photos to SeeingHappy know how important it is to engage in photography – that’s what we do

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Dear Friends, Talk about Awe!  Photography can literally change the way we see the world.  A macro lens can reveal awe inspiring details which we would normally miss– and combining a macro lens with extenders or a microscope intensifies the miracle. We want to tell you about an amazing exhibition currently on display through April 23rd

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Love is All You Need

“WHAT THE LONGEST STUDY ON HUMAN HAPPINESS FOUND IS THE KEY TO A GOOD LIFE” Dear Friends, The title caught our eye – The longest study on human happiness? The key to a good life? What would you guess? Money? Success? A large house? The car of your dreams? Retirement at 35? None of the

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Live From London

Dear Friends, In the last newsletter we asked you to help us inspire each other with photos and stories of what is good in our lives and what we are grateful for. “happiness is just being yourself” This week we are announcing a beautiful photographic exhibition from Dr. Natasha Shaginian-Needham that tries to do just

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Seeing Happy in 2023

Dear Friends, Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you for being a part of our community and for supporting us through our second year. We are grateful for you and for every photo you post on our site. Your photos inspire us and warm our hearts. At the closure of each year, it

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Take the Plunge

Dear Friends, How many of you remember your parents or grandparents “tinkering” around the house on their days off?  Often tinkering is just fiddling, puttering around, dabbling with the things you never usually prioritize in your daily routines. In our busy lives how often do we now just “dabble” in a new interest? It seems as if

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Time Travel to 1934

Dear Friends, The SeeingHappy Team got together this month and took a field trip to NYC. We visited the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, and saw the exhibition: Street Visions included remarkable photographs by a young American, Richard Scheuer, on a trip through pre-war Europe with his father in 1934. While the photos were

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