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This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Michael W. Fordyce, 12/14/44 - 01/24/11, whose pioneering work created the happiness movement we enjoy today.  Heaven and Earth are happier places because of you.  Thanks, and stay happy forever and ever.

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HAPPINESS BY KNOWING FREE WILL IS AN ILLUSION!

I explained how overcoming belief in free will can boost happiness on episode 7 Happiness and the Determinism vs. Free Will Question, 4-20-03, and 92 A Conversation about Happiness, Free Will and Determinism, 2-28-05

John Searle, the13th ranked post-1900 philosopher, says that our world overcoming the free will illusion "would be a bigger revolution in our thinking than Einstein, or Copernicus, or Newton, or Galileo, or Darwin -- it would alter our whole conception of our relation with the universe." 
 


Find out why at
my new show,
 Exploring the Illusion of Free Will

 

 

 

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Key Happiness Facts
 

World's Happiest Countries:
 
1. Nigeria
 2. Mexico
 3. Venezuela
 4. El Salvador
 5. Puerto Rico
 (U.S. ranks 16th)

Countries with Highest Levels of Subjective Well-Being:
 
1. Puerto Rico
 2. Mexico
 3. Denmark
 4. Columbia
 5. Ireland

Click here for the complete ranking and more information

Americans consider happiness more important to them than money, moral goodness, and even going to Heaven.

Americans are, on average, only 69 percent happy.

The world population is, on average, less than 65 percent happy.

37 percent of the people on Forbes list of Wealthiest Americans are less happy than the average American.

At any given time, one forth of Americans are mildly depressed

14 percent of the nations on Earth are less than 50 percent happy.

Happiness Increase Experiments published in peer review journal have empirically demonstrated that individuals can be trained to be 25 percent happier through various training programs in from two to ten weeks.

All demographic variables combined, including age, sex, income, race, and education, are responsible for only 15 percent of the difference in happiness levels between individuals.

American Children feel happy 52 percent of the time, neutral 29 percent of the time, and unhappy 19 percent of the time.

Americans' personal income has increased more than 2 1/2 times over the last 50 years, but their happiness level has remained the same.

Americans earning more that $10 million annually are only slightly happier than average Americans.

(Click here for Citations and a Brief Paper on How our World Can Become Much Happier)



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 HAPPINESS INCREASE INTERNATIONAL

Happiness Increase International represents an attempt to spread happiness-increase applications throughout all sectors of society by the creation of a not-for profit organization designed solely for that purpose.

 In its present form, it is a proposal.  To make Happiness Increase International and its divisions a reality will take the collective effort of many individuals from both the professional field of happiness research and the general public.  We will need individuals to lead the divisions, and to implement the specific happiness increase initiatives that are developed. 

Below, you will see a subscription button to a yahoo listserv (click here for a description of how a listserv works) that I created for Happiness Increase International and its nine proposed divisions.  As individuals join this list,  we can begin  building the divisions and their initiatives.   I would act as temporary Executive Director of Happiness Increase International, and would appreciate the assistance of three or four Associate Directors.   Also, each of the nine divisions will require an Executive Director;  leaders who will hopefully emerge as a result of our listserv communications.

Following is an outline of what Happiness Increase International can be and do.  Together we can build a potent vehicle for helping our world become much happier.

Mission statement:

Happiness Increase International is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping make our world happier. Through our nine divisions, we work to develop and promote happiness-increase programs. We educate the general public, businesses, governments, schools, and hospitals throughout the world regarding the fundamental importance of happiness and the benefits that accrue to individuals and to their society, as individuals become happier. We are especially dedicated to developing and promoting means by which people throughout our world can quickly, easily, and inexpensively learn to become substantially happier.

Our premise that people can become substantially happier through direct training is founded on a body of published peer-review journal studies demonstrating that personal happiness can be increased dramatically in a matter of weeks.   Our research base is the over 3,000 studies on happiness (subjective well-being) published by social scientists over the last four decades.

 

Division Descriptions:
 

Our nine divisions are working to promote greater happiness through projects that span all sectors of society in all countries.

 

Happiness in Business International

Our Happiness in Business International division is working to develop and promote happiness increase programs for employees with the duel purposes of enhancing employees' happiness and increasing business productivity. 

Happiness Clubs International

Our Happiness Clubs International division is working to help individuals and groups throughout the world  create and run happiness clubs that increase the happiness of members and encourage the formation of happiness clubs throughout the world.

 

Happiness In Schools International

Our Happiness In Schools International division is working to develop and promote happiness increase programs for students (preschool through post-graduate) with the duel purposes of enhancing students' happiness and improving their academic performance

Happiness as a Product International

Our Happiness as a Product International division is working to encourage entrepreneurs to create businesses that market happiness training directly to consumers as a product.

 

Happiness in Government International

Our Happiness in Government International division is working to inspire governments throughout the world to develop and implement policies and institutions designed to help their citizens become substantially happier. 

Happiness Shows International

Our Happiness Shows International division is working to help individuals and groups throughout the world  produce radio and television programs that help their audiences become happier.

Happiness-Increase Research International

Our Happiness Increase Research International division is working to inspire the empirical study of happiness- increase theory and methodology in order to develop sound happiness training programs for practical applications throughout society.

Happiness Therapy International

Our Happiness Therapy International division is working to encourage the implementation of happiness therapy as a treatment strategy for reducing clients' emotional symptoms, according to the theoretic model being developed by Dr. Giovanni Fava.

 

Happiness Outreach International

Our Happiness Outreach International division is working to encourage writers and researchers to inform the public about happiness and how to become happier.

 

 

 

Aristotle considered happiness “the highest good… at once the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing…, of all things the one most desirable…, and the end of our actions”  We at Happiness Increase International understand that happiness is, always has been, and always will be, the point of it all.  Come work with us to raise global happiness from its current level of less than 75 percent to at least 85 percent by 2010.

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