Valentine's Day Newsletter: Dear Community That I Love...



Dear community that I love,

This week’s newsletter is all about love, gratitude, romance, being present, and oxytocin…the hormone that keeps it all flowing.

Some of you have been following our films and my Breakfast@Tiffany’s newsletters for many years, while others more recently. Old and new friends, I’m so grateful for the support and encouragement you provide. Creativity involves a constant feedback loop of inspiration, giving, receiving, and encouragement.Thank you.

Gratitude and Love are two of the 24 character strengths we explore in our upcoming film The Science of Character. You’re all invited to be part of the global film premiere on March 20, which will be accompanied by resources, curriculum, and a global online conversation.

We already have over 200 schools and organizations from around the world on board to host screenings, from the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum to King’s College in London to a station in the South Pole! All of the screenings, discussion tools, and curriculum are free, and we’re making customized versions of the film for the first 250 to join. It’s super easy: sign up here, or introduce us to your child’s teacher and we will take it from there.

Just like with our other collaborative #CloudFilms, we’ll invite volunteers to help translate the film once released (our previous films have been volunteer translated into 70 languages). On March 20, the film will already be available in:

Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, German, Swahili


If I wasn’t a filmmaker, I’d want to be either a neurobiologist or a matchmaker. I’m the one always wanting to introduce people I think should meet to cross pollinate ideas or love. I wrote a list of the 10 most romantic films of all time on Huffington Post that you can see here.


There’s a great conference coming to the Bay Area about being present called Wisdom 2.0. where I’ll be sneak peeking “The Science of Character” film there this coming Monday.

Also mark your calendars as the National Day of Unplugging is happening on March 7th. Many of you know how strongly I feel about this ritual my family have done weekly for the past 4 years. Life changing.

I’m not only interested by the science of what happens to your brain when it experiences being present, compassion and gratitude but also violence. Our art installation “The Brain Portrait” that explores these ideas opens at UC San Francisco in the Atrium of the Sandler Neurosciences Center on March 14th. All info here.

Lastly, we’ve changed the ending of one of our first #CloudFilms as a special gift for all of you for Valentine’s Day.  You can watch the 2 minute film here:

To love, gratitude, science and being present,


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