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Motherhood Talk Radio Presents Lisa Kamen, Harvesting Happiness – Aug. 31

Lisa Kamen, Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness, H-Factor, H-Factor Where is Your Heart?, Motherhood Talk Radio, Sandra BeckIndependent filmmaker Lisa Kamen produced the 10-minute short, “A Passage Through India—Diamonds in the Rough,” for her bachelor’s degree and used it successfully to raise funds for the Sulaxmi School for Girls in Lucknow, India, which her family now supports. While biking through Northern India, Kamen was struck by how, even in the presence of extreme poverty, the Indian people could express joy and genuine happiness. This is the genesis for Lisa’s master’s thesis in Spiritual Psychology—a documentary film she is co-creating with her nine year-old daughter, Kayla, who operates the camera. Together they explore the hypothesis that every person, regardless of socioeconomic level, age, ethnicity, career, health, or life circumstances, possesses happiness or the means to feel happy. Their endeavor to discover possibly universal keys to human happiness leads the duo on an entertaining, deeply touching documentary adventure.

Using the spontaneity of man-on-the-street style interviewing, Lisa and Kayla ask prospective interviewees to contribute their heartprint to a G-rated documentary film exploring the nature of happiness. Mother and daughter have logged hundreds of interviews to date, filming all kinds of people, each for about 60 seconds, responding to one question that elicits the essence of happiness and joy for that individual. These one-minute heartprint interviews have been filmed in diverse locales around India and in the United States including Central Park, Ground Zero, bus stations, homeless shelters, fire and police stations, schools for the deaf, independent living centers, jail, hospitals, houses of worship, a funeral home, people in commuter traffic, in lines, in labor, in escrow, and in debt—and the filming continues…

The film’s point of view is through the eyes of nine year-old Kayla. Her unique perspective—literally about four feet from the ground—means a low camera angle combines with high energy and humor. Her presence, suited up with professional camera equipment and headset, monitoring her sound levels and video, seems to soften interviewees, making their revelations especially genuine. A second camera operator captures the interchange between interviewee, Kayla, and Lisa, accentuating the multiplier effect of happiness on others.  Experts and lay people alike see ample evidence that wealth, fame, and material goods don’t produce real happiness. In “H-Factor…Where is Your Heart?” real people from all walks of life illustrate—in humorous and heartfelt ways—what does.

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Our H-Factor by Lisa Kamen of What is Your Happiness. Com

The words change, instability, insecurity, and unpredictability describe the low-res-1dynamic state of affairs in our world today.  Nothing is what it used to be or what we thought it would be.  As we look towards tomorrow, what world do we envision for ourselves?  We find that we are staring into a gray zone.  We are scrambling to find our footing on ground that seems to be crumbling beneath our feet.  We have conflicting emotions of hope and fear about what tomorrow will bring, but we have no idea what that day will look like.

In the face of this tremendous time of change, we find that within ourselves we are undergoing massive reconstruction as well.  As the world around us falls apart, it forces us to take a long, hard look inside.  What do we find within ourselves that can provide us with some sense of stability and the confidence to ride out these challenges?  What gives us the gumption to get out of bed each day and face the unknown difficulties that the day is sure to bring?  And when these hurdles are ongoing over the long term, when there are no easy answers and no easy way out, how do we find a way to persevere?

If we are to maintain our sanity during this era of great insecurity, we are forced to find something that provides some sort of security we can hold on to. All we can really hold onto is the moment we are experiencing. The present moment…this moment…now…is all that is certain. The past has passed. The future is a possibility. Yet, it is only in this moment we can determine our reality and behavior. It is human nature to reach for something that we believe we can control.  We reach for something within ourselves that no one else can take away.  We make a decision that no matter what life dishes up, we are going to be happy.  We discover our H-Factor.  We also have the revelation that our happiness has always been and will always be under our express control.  Happiness is, after all, a simple choice.  Happiness really doesn’t have much to do with external circumstances.  Happiness is an internal state of being.

To learn more about H-Factor, visit www.whatisyourhappiness.com .