The Real Happiness Project also created a Facebook happy Bot to serve the public with a happy moment compiled of clips from Planet Earth II, served to them as often as they want through Facebook.

For 10 months (beginning in April 2016) I worked with BBC Earth and Berkley University to scientifically prove that watching Natural History content makes humans feel happier. That sitting on your sofa and watching programmes like Planet Earth is actually good for your health.

An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.
— David Attenborough

The research - conducted with Professor Dacher Keltner, an expert in the psychology of emotion at the University of California, Berkeley - conclusively found that watching natural history programming, like Planet Earth II, can lead to a significant increase in positive emotions like awe, wonder and joy and significant decreases in negative emotions like nervousness, anxiety, fear, sadness and depression.

So it's official - watching nature programmes makes you happier. FACT.
There's even a White Paper written all about it.


In response to findings, I worked on creating ‘The Real Happiness Project’ - a BBC Earth initiative that will harness the power of Planet Earth II, promoting positive wellbeing and connection with the natural world through a variety of events, partnerships and new content throughout the year.

A variety of exclusive content has been specifically made that will show people the positive benefits of watching nature content and give ample opportunity to watch and engage with more of it. All content will promoted across all BBC Earth social platforms globally. Both the research study and ‘The Real Happiness Project’ mark the launch on BBC America of Planet Earth II,

You can find out more about The Real Happiness Project at http://realhappinessproject.bbcearth.com/ and see all the work I've created.

I'venever been prouder to have been part of a piece of science that will just bring more joy to people all over the world.

As part of the Real Happiness Project, BBCEarth will be live streaming from Sumatra - getting people closer to LIVE action than they ever have before. Live streams will follow orangutangs, elephants and rhino along with the incredible humans dedicating their lives to helping them thrive.

Orangutans 14 March: 12am and 10am GMT
Elephants 19 March: 12am and 10am GMT
Rhino 22 March: 12am and 10am GMT

No-one does real happiness and a true connection with nature like kids so obviously we had to interview a bunch of them, showing them everything weird and wonderful from Planet Earth II.

Sometimes you just need to get out of your head to find some peace, joy and real happiness.

The world can be a stressful place. The daily news, work, social pressures can all build up over time and leave you feeling overwhelmed.

The Real Happiness Project, created a series of Earth Soundscapes from a host of different environments around the world. From sand moving in the desert to ice cracking on a fjord to rain falling in the rainforest.

We also created 10-hour visual soundscapes to YouTube showcasing the breathtaking landscapes that featured in the series. Below are a mix of long and short form soundscapes. 

As part of the community engagement phase of the campaign, we created a strategy around influencers, growing their and BBC Earth's communities through bespoke #realhappiness content. 

Vloggers and photographers were primarily engaged through Youtube and Instagram, tasked with talking about their happy place in nature - expressing that as they saw fit. 

Erik Conover (left) was the first to create a film about where he finds real happiness. 

Celebrities were also engaged through the BBC community with films being shared on social.

On behalf of BBC America, 
Anglophenia ditched the usual awards season questions on the BAFTA red carpet and asked celebs like Ron HowardJane Seymour, Riz Ahmed and John Lithgow, “What does real happiness mean to you?”