Happiness isn’t just a universal desire. It’s a biological need. Why does it evade so many? More than half of the 300 million United States citizens experience some type of mental health issue in their lifetimes—issues that stands between them and happiness. The critically acclaimed and award-winning This Emotional Life, doesn’t just explore our human desire and struggle for happiness. It offers solutions on how to attain it. The series unfolds across three two-hour episodes. "Family, Friends & Lovers" probes the nature of the social relationships that are the key to human happiness; "Facing Our Fears" looks at obstacles to happiness—negative emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety and depression—and what we can do to cope with them; and "Rethinking Happiness," uncovers new scientific research that is transforming our understanding of this most elusive of emotions. A co-production of Vulcan Productions and the NOVA/WGBH Science Unit, This Emotional Life is hosted by Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, Professor Daniel Gilbert, who talks with experts about the latest science on what makes us “tick” and how we can find support for the emotional issues we all face. Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere.
“I went through six or seven years of real depression. I just couldn’t quite figure out what it was.”
“Itʼs the best product Iʼve seen so far and I would like to put it in the hands of family readiness groups and each family”
Jason Wieman, LTC MIL USA
Action & Impact
220K "Everyone Serves" handbooks have been distributed to friends and families of U.S. military service members
86K+ "Early Moments Matter" toolkits have been distributed through our innovative Pay-It-Forward retail store
The viral campaign produced over 494 million media impressions with hundreds of mentions in blogs.
Over 22,000 people are actively engaged in the project’s community on Facebook.
- Human Condition
- Joy & Wonder
- Pushing the Limits
Telling climate stories from around the world through the Film4Climate Global Video Competition.
STEP celebrates the unquenchable spirit of an all-female step team as they train, compete and work to be the first in their family to attend college.
Midsummer in Newtown
A powerful film that encompasses two stories: a community that refused to be defined by tragedy, and the transformative power of the arts.
Chronicles of Courage
For more than ten years, Vulcan Productions has been filming interviews with veterans involved in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.