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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 THROUGH UNDERSTANDING EXOGENOUS AGENCY


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n episodes 7. Happiness and the Determinism vs. Free Will Question, April 20, 2003, and 92. A Conversation about Happiness, Free Will and Determinism, February 28, 2005,I explained how overcoming one's belief in free will can boost happiness.  To learn more, visit my new show, Exploring the Illusion of Free Will, or visit my new blog, Exogenous Agency.
 

 

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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.

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Welcome to the World's First (and only), Television Program Entirely About HAPPINESS! 

 

          

 

 


Aristotle considered happiness "The Highest Good."  According to scientists, it's our most basic human motivation. In survey after survey, we rank happiness as our number one goal in life.   So, why is our world's level of happiness under 65 percent?  Why do Americans, the 16th happiest people in the world, rate their happiness at only 69 percent, and report feeling happy only 54 percent of each day?

As our Happiness Increase Experiments page shows, the good news is that with a little effort, the average person can become 25% happier in from two to six weeks. 


The Happiness Show was reviewed by The New York Times, and cited in American Scholar.

Created and produced by George Ortega, THE HAPPINESS SHOW premiered May 1st. 2003, on White Plains, New York, Cable Channel 76. The episodes have also  appeared on cable TV stations in San Francisco and Herkimer County, New York. They are now shown in most of Fairfield County, Connecticut, and are occasionally presented in far away places like New South Wales, Australia.

Enjoy, for free, our over one hundred and thirty 28 minute episodes in streaming audio and video.

 


Our former co-host, Dr. Aymee Coget, is pioneering the new and very hot business of happiness training with her lifetime-guaranteed Happiness Makeover.  Dr. Aymee has done over 120 makeovers, and her current fee for the three month personal training designed to keep you happy for the rest of your life is $3,000.  The New York Times refers to her as the Suzy Orman of Happiness, and Dr. Aymee recently appeared on the Fran Drescher Show.  With her business growing by leaps and bounds, and a network TV pilot in the works, Dr. Aymee is leading the way to a happier world!

 
 


Humankind's Age of Happiness

by George Ortega


This short treatise will show how over the past 50 years, humanity has amassed a body of scientific knowledge about happiness that our world can now use to relatively easily and inexpensively lift our global happiness from its current level of under 65% to a much happier 85% or higher within a decade.  This achievement will be tantamount to the creation of a new historic Age of Human Happiness.

Happiness studies date back as far as 1930 when Goodwin Watson published a paper called "Happiness Among Adult Students of Education," It was not until 1957, however, that a true science of happiness began.  In that year, Alden E. Wessman published his doctoral dissertation titled "A Psychological Inquiry Into Satisfactions and Happiness."  An increasing number of published studies on happiness followed throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

In the mid '70s, Michael Fordyce, a professor from Fort Myers, Florida, concluded that the science of happiness had collected enough consistent data to justify a giant leap forward. Predicting that individuals could be taught to become much happier though classroom instruction based on happiness research findings, Fordyce conducted the world's first happiness-increase experiment.  His "Development of a Program to Increase Personal Happiness," published in 1977 in The Journal of Counseling Psychology, demonstrated conclusively that by receiving a few weeks of instruction, individuals could become much happier.

Because of its significance to humankind's highest goal of happiness, this pioneering study is destined to rank among the most important scientific works of all time. Michael Fordyce created a distinct field of "Happiness-Increase Psychology" that is the most effective and direct means humankind has yet developed to achieve what English philosopher Jeremy Bentham described in 1769 as "the greatest happiness of the greatest number."

Thirty years after Fordyce developed his powerful happiness-increase program, our world is experiencing an historic epiphany regarding the primacy happiness holds in our lives, both as individuals and as a global society. In 1998, Martin Seligman, then president of the American Psychological Association, founded the Positive Psychology movement whose research focus revives a long dormant recognition going back to the A.P.A.'s first president, Raymond Dodge, that "happiness is an important, if not the most important, aim of human endeavor."  With this enormously popular redirection in psychology, a new generation of researchers led by Sonja Lyubomirsky has emerged to advance the happiness-increase interventions that Fordyce pioneered.

Recognizing that this renaissance in happiness research was destined to create a wide consumer demand for happiness, from 2003-05, Seligman and his colleague, Ben Dean, trained about 1,000 individuals to market one-to-one happiness coaching.  Also in 2003, the author of this treatise created the world's first television program entirely about happiness; The Happiness Show.  To disseminate happiness information as widely as possible, he has made virtually all of its over 130 half-hour episodes available for free digital download and free broadcast by television stations throughout in the world.

Highlighting the public's new interest in happiness, on January 17, 2005, Time magazine published a cover story on "The New Science of Happiness" that spanned 64 pages, and became the magazine's most requested back issue.  In a world dominated by an insatiable quest for wealth, the preeminent role of happiness in our lives is also being forcefully promoted by top economists and business leaders.  In 2005, Sir Richard Layard, founder of Europe's leading economic institution, The London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, published a book titled Happiness that strongly advocates a shift in our global mindset from economics and materialism to the happiness at the heart of those desires.  Here we are in 2007, and happiness seems to be reaching the critical mass that Malcolm Gladwell describes in his book, The Tipping Point, as presaging major changes in our personal and societal landscapes.

An Age of Human Happiness is being born as people all over the world experience the revelation that behind all of the money, success, prestige, knowledge, security and health, we strive for lies the singular goal of greater happiness.  A widening understanding that dramatic increases in happiness are readily and inexpensively at hand by individuals completing eight to twelve hours of happiness instruction over the course of eight to twelve weeks represents a second major component of, and catalyst to, an emerging worldwide happiness movement.

Happiness is now being seen as more than the goal of every product we buy, but a product in its own right.  The business community is gearing up to meet a new consumer market for greater happiness through scientifically proven classroom and personal training.  As businesses begin to advertise this new product through television commercials, infomercials, and other venues, consumer demand for greater happiness through training should grow exponentially.

Other sectors of society are beginning to appreciate the growing body of happiness research demonstrating that as people become happier they become more healthy, energetic, productive, creative, cooperative, compassionate, etc.  In 2006, the most popular course at Harvard University was a course on happiness.  Happiness instruction is beginning to be adopted by schools to improve academic performance, and will be a part of British public school curriculums beginning in 2008.

Ideas have their time, and the time for a global Age of Happiness appears to be at hand.  As citizens of our world's rich countries  experience their happiness level rising from its current 70% to a level of 85% and higher (Over 20% of Americans are already at least 85% happy.), something very wonderful should begin to happen.  Having achieved their cherished goal, happier masses are likely to turn their attention to the needs of the less fortunate.

One of the strongest findings in happiness research is that above the poverty line money's ability to create greater happiness is marginal.  Below that line, however, money to acquire basic needs is far more instrumental to happiness.  About one billion people in our world live in an extreme poverty that takes their children's lives at the rate of 29,000 each day.  As the international community acknowledged more than 30 years ago, all that is necessary to save the vast majority of those lives is for the world's 22 richest countries to devote one percent of their annual income to this most urgent of humanity's problems.  Regrettably, those rich countries now collectively devote less than one half of one percent of their income each year to ending this needless suffering and death.

Once their population's needs for shelter, clothing, and food are met, and they are helped in creating self-sustaining economies, the poorest countries in our world will join the developed world in this historic happiness revolution.  When that happens, our world will be rewarded for its compassion with the most wonderful achievement of all  humankind; A Global Age of Happiness.

 


Becoming much happier is very easy for those of us above the poverty line, but much more difficult for the 2.5 billion people on our planet who live on less than $2 a day.  Help ONE help them.  Founded by rock singer, Bono,
ONE is not asking for your money, it is asking for your voice.

 
 
 

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