How to do it
Optimally, obtain a
cellphone which does great video, or buy a pocket camcorder
which is totally easy to carry and use, so that you
will be ready to pull it out quicker than a cowboy's draw.
Be on the lookout for people
who seem happy
in general, especially when they are not talking to
other people. Most specifically, look for people
who either knock you out with their joy when you are talking
to them, who you are innately drawn to, or who have a
relaxed and peaceful sense around their eyes, and a very
slight smile on their lips, when they are just doing things
like choosing between apples and oranges at the supermarket.
These people are totally obvious once you get the hang of it
(they are about 2% of the general population, in our
experience). Once you get attuned to them, you will be able
to spot them from a hundred feet away!
Approach them. If they are
truly happy, and your approach is innocent, they will not
be put off by you at all. If they seem to be put off,
they are not the ones you are looking for, and you should
walk away. As you approach, ask them if they are happy--that
is, do they tend to be happy or joyful much of the time;
If they spontaneously answer
"Yes!", then take out your camera, tell them about
JoyfulAmerica.org, and ask if you can interview them for a
couple of minutes, to spread their experience and advice to
the rest of the world.
As you begin the video, ask
them once again if they are generally a happy person-- and
then them to say why
they think they are happy, what they think created it in
Be sure to ask them if they have been generally happy all of their life. Most often, that will be the
case-- and when it isn't, the story gets extra interesting.
This question is especially important if they say they are
happy because of a particular belief system or spiritual
In all cases, ask about the
influence of their early family life, what it was like.
It is also important to ask:
"When you for some reason
get upset or find yourself unhappy, exactly what do
you do to turn it around? What is the exact mechanism you
use to come back to peace or joy?" (or something like that)."
Also ask, if you wish, "What advice do you think
you could give other people?"
Make them feel welcome to
tell where people could learn more about their particular
approach to life, and to state their full name and email address if they wish.
They can speak as long as
they wish, but remember the attention span of the typical
funny how the same simple questions can bring completely
varied wisdom(s) from a wide range of people.
In all cases, after you finish the interview, with
the camera still running, ask them to state their email
address. We will edit this out of the video, but use
it to contact them if we have questions or would like
more information about their approach to life or spirituality.
Maybe their inclusion will open a whole new door for people
who are looking for truth!
Please inform them that we will contact them when
their video has been posted. If they do not like it in any
way, we will remove the video upon their direction. We don't
depend upon any one person for the success of this website.
YOU WILL BECOME AN EXPERT AT INTERVIEWING in a short period
of time. THE MAIN TRICK IS, LOOK FOR THE JOY IN PEOPLE'S FACES, AND APPROACH
THEM. Joyful people will never be offended at your spotting of
After you are done, (edit, and add titles,
if you wish) post it on YouTube, and send the link to:
webmaster@joyfulAmerica.org . Or, contact us at
the same address to find out how to send us the original
video, and we will do the titles, minor sprucing, etc., and
then put it up ourselves.
BE AWARE THAT viewers have
extremely good BS meters. If you or your subject is just
trying to convert others to his or her point of view, and does not exude a sense of deep
peacefulness or joy, the video will sink to the bottom of
the pile and have no long-term effect on anyone. If this
fakery is totally
obvious, the video will simply not be posted.
In other words, fakey smiles
and a pumped-up sense of energy, and, especially ranting,
won't translate to success on this website. If a person
talks about a particular approach to happiness or or a
particular religion, and does not exude peacefulness and
deep joy, they either don't belong on this website, or, at the
worst, are living a lie.
LOOK FOR THE
RARE PERSON WHO, DEEP INSIDE, REFLECTS THE DIGNITY OF WHAT