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Key Happiness Facts

World's Happiest Countries (2004):
1. Nigeria
 2. Mexico
 3. Venezuela
 4. El Salvador
 5. Puerto Rico
 (U.S. ranks 16th)

Countries with Highest Levels of Subjective Well-Being (2004):
1. Puerto Rico
 2. Mexico
 3. Denmark
 4. Columbia
 5. Ireland

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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.

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Happiness Increase of White Plains
A  Happiness Strategies Development Group


An associate and myself are in the process of creating a weekly Happiness Self-Help Group. The group has not yet begun meeting, however, some of the material we intend to use is presented below with the hope that others might decide to use it for either a happiness self-help group or happiness club.


Mission Statement


The Average level of happiness in the United States is 69 percent. At any given time, 25 percent of the population is mildly depressed. Research has shown that it is possible to increase one’s level of happiness by 25 percent in as few as 2 to 10 weeks using a variety of methods. Research has also shown that many benefits accrue to individuals as they become happier. Happiness Increase of White Plains is a free, open membership, peer-run, strategies development group designed to help participants become substantially happier. Our methods and techniques are based on research in psychology, and the findings of over 3,000 published studies in happiness.

While members are provided many opportunities to take part in our meetings, active participation is not mandatory, and individuals are welcome to simply listen and learn from what others say. As a group, we informally agree with Aristotle’s description of happiness as the highest good, and everyone’s main purpose in life. Accordingly, we also encourage and facilitate the formation of Happiness Increase groups in other communities.


Guidelines and Policies


Meetings start promptly at scheduled times
The Group Leader exercises final authority for all meeting decisions
The Group Leader assigns the meeting moderator for each meeting
Active participation in the group is optional
Meeting booklets are provided to members for in-meeting use
Issues regarding group functioning and policies are addressed at end of meetings


Meeting Structure and Schedule


7:00 Social Time

7:30 Selection of meeting moderator by Group Leader
Reading of Happiness Increase purpose statement – member
Names go around
Reading of Principles of Happiness Increase – member
Reading of description of select principle – member
Interpretation go around on select principle

7:40 Reading of Happiness Limiters
Reading of description of select Limiter – member
Interpretation go around on select Limiter

7:50 Reading of Happiness Strategies – member
Reading of description of select strategy – member
Interpretation go around on select strategy

8:00 Reading of Happiness Techniques – member
Reading of description of select technique – member
Interpretation go around on select technique

8:10 Reading of Happiness Benefits – member
Reading of description of select technique – member
Interpretation go around on select technique

8:20 Individual work and progress go around and discussion

8:40 Reading of Group Expansion Statement
Reports on expansion progress and discussion
General announcements

8:45 Open discussion

9:00 Meeting Ends – coffee club arrangements


Principles of Happiness Increase


1. Happiness is our main goal and purpose
2. Happiness is the highest good
3. Happiness is increased by increasing the emotion, and mood, of happiness, and decreasing unpleasant emotions and moods
4. Emotions are choices
5. Level of Happiness is a choice
6. The more intelligent effort we make to increase our happiness, the happier we will become
7. Helping others to become happier will increase our happiness


Happiness Limiters and Responses



Fear – assuredness, courage
Sadness – satisfaction
Anger – acceptance, cool headedness
Disgust – love, understanding, appreciation
Surprise - wisdom


Ignorance about the nature of happiness – reading, meetings
Undervaluing Happiness – knowledge of benefits, repetition
Insufficient work on Happiness – meetings, conversations
Distractions to happiness - attentiveness
Con-hedonic desires – evaluation, self control
Illusory needs – evaluation


Time alone



Happiness Increase Strategies


Happiness Increase Meetings
Needs and Desires Minimization
Happiness emotion and mood choice maximization
Unpleasant emotion and mood choice minimization
Valuing Happiness
Happiness Increase Group Creation and Leadership
Happiness Internet Newsgroup Participation



Happiness Increase Techniques



Happiness Concepts

Basic Emotions
Operant conditioning
Audio delivery
Hedonic Principle
Reality Principle
Subjective Well-Being