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    Nicholas Kraft

    Hello Tiny Buddha Friends,

    I’ve been a longtime reader of the great stories and Tweets here, which is one of the things that inspired me to start making a documentary about happiness in America.

    My friend and I are on a quest to find the happiest people in a country, because we believe they’re the ones who need celebrating- not the richest or most famous- but the happy people. We’ve cut together a five-minute long trailer describing our project, which we began at the beginning of the year, as a part of our kickstarter campaign:


    This is the first time I’ve shared any work with this community and I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Most importantly, I’d love to connect with others across the country as this is a nation-wide quest and we need all the help we can get.

    Very much appreciate everyone’s time and consideration.


    Open Window

    Hello Nicholas,
    I clicked over to your kickstarter and watched your project clips and was immediately inspired. The clips are a great introduction to the possibilities of your film’s subject…

    how do people pursue happiness? what makes people happy? etc.

    The people you’ve talked with on camera are engaging, inspirational, curious and diverse. I think you two have the right stuff to make a successful film. It is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing,

    Abbie in Seattle

    Nicholas Kraft


    We’ve been filming our project for six months, and as you can imagine, have experience such amazing people- kind, warm, eccentric, and above all, happy. It’s been an incredible experience, but I must say, the generosity and kind words from strangers such as yourself who we’ve come to know through our Kickstarter campaign have been the most inspiring and moving part of the journey so far.

    The anonymity and satirical nature of the Internet makes it a breeding ground for negativity and mud slinging, so to experience the exact opposite thanks to generous and kind people like you… It’s just wonderful. Thank you.

    Nicholas Kraft

    To those who frequent this forum:

    We’re one week into our fundraising efforts and have raised nearly $12,000 of our $50,000 goal.

    Needless to say, this is incredibly moving and inspirational – it’s a very tangible way to measure people’s support of our efforts. But truly, more than that, it’s been the messages we’ve received along with the donations, the Facebook posts, the emails, the texts, etc. that have been so moving and encouraging.

    I thank those of you who have offered your support via this post here on Tiny Buddha and hope more people will come watch our Kickstarter video to learn what we’re doing.

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