Raina Jain, Founder at The Happiness Project Studio
Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
Raina Jain:It all started when I decided to take a sabbatical from the rut of the corporate culture. And when I was travelling to London, I spent time contemplating, introspecting and reflecting. Taking a step back from the external world and diving deeper into the inner world helped me expand my thought process. I had always been someone who wanted to contribute to the greater good. And I thought to myself: no better way than podcasting to reach the world. Along the podcasting journey, I reached 1.2m listeners worldwide while podcasting, and because of COVID in particular, the demand for connection was greater than ever.
I spent a lot of time researching issues related to mental health, including its effects on society as a whole and on an individual level, how the medical establishment is motivated more by political than by scientific considerations, the contribution of consumerism and capitalism to mental illnesses, and the reasons behind the current state of the world and how human nature has shaped it over the past century.
In our cultures and cities, mental illness is increasingly acknowledged as one of the leading causes of personal suffering and unhappiness, on par with poverty and unemployment. What could be a stronger indictment of a system than an epidemic of mental illness? Consumerism and materialism are now commonly acknowledged as being major contributors to a wide range of mental health issues, from addiction to depression.
This research findings convinced me. And it led me to step up and fill the existing gaps by just happening to be in the right place at the right time to contribute my skill sets to this world. And I can't think of anything more fulfilling than making a difference in someone's journey. Thus, The Happiness Project began with the intention of having as much of an impact on people's lives as possible through my work. I recognised the need and realised how, over the next few decades, mental health will become increasingly relevant.
Great Companies: What are the various services provided by The Happiness Project Studio
Raina Jain: Well, there are multiple services provided by THP:
Counselling and psychotherapy (group/individual therapy, online/offline) – children, teenagers, women, men
Skill building workshops – schools, colleges, corporates, NGO’s, medical institutions
Podcast interviews: International
Content writing: Mental health and lifestyle management
Therapies used: Play Therapy, Person-centered Therapy, EFT & TFT, Trauma focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Strength-based Counselling, MBCT, Mindfulness, Meditation and Grounding Techniques (Currently pursuing: NLP and Arts Based Therapy).
Great Companies: What makes The Happiness Project Studio different from hundreds of other similar service providers?
Raina Jain: The happiness project caters to individual needs and takes a very non conventional and non traditional approach to therapy where therapy is not constrained to four walls, it’s beyond that. What also makes it more reliable is the fact that we have a success rate of 100% client satisfaction as all clients have come through referrals.
My best work has been featured in CNA Asia, Global Women Power, Mental Movement Magazine (U.K.) and in the publication ‘The Heroine Journey’ by Peter de Kuster, Times of India and The Go Solo magazine just to name a few.
Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
Raina Jain: Honestly, I struggled the most before starting The Happiness Project because I was quite unsure as to what do I really want to do with my life. I consider this my baby and since the existence of THP, everything has simply fallen into place. There are struggles always, but it’s the way you look at things. I have hustled and I have loved that time frame because there was so much growth involved. Personal branding, marketing, public relations, and networking helped massively to overcome any challenges that I faced. I also had unconditional support from my family and friends.
Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line The Happiness Project Studio?
Raina Jain: Well, the goal is to take The Happiness Project to the world.
Be recognised on the world forum platforms; get involved with WHO, UNESCO
I want my work to talk for itself. I want to be an unstoppable force of good in this world and keep creating. Never stop creating.
Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Raina Jain: Be consistent, be creative and most importantly: be authentic